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06-09-2003, 11:48 AM
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06-09-2003, 12:49 PM
Here is an article off of ESPN on the same subject... in case you don't have access to DMN online...

HOUSTON -- Jeff Van Gundy has tentatively agreed to become the Rockets' next coach, according to Houston media reports.

The Rockets would not confirm a Monday morning report by Houston television station KRIV. The Houston Chronicle reported the story hours later.

"Right now, it's just a report," a team spokesman said Monday morning.

According to Chronicle sources, Van Gundy instructed his agent Jim Ornstein to begin serious contract negotiations designed to make him the next Rockets coach. Van Gundy and Rockets general manager Carroll Dawson were not available for comment.

Van Gundy, 41, spent two days in Houston last week meeting with Rockets officials and looking at schools and houses with his wife. But he left town without accepting the Rockets' offer, which was believed to be for $4 million to $5 million annually for at least four years.

"It was very nice. Houston is a beautiful city and the Rockets are a great organization. I had a great time," Van Gundy said.

The deal to hire Van Gundy, the former New York Knicks coach, also will depend on whether the Rockets can agree to give the Knicks some form of compensation for hiring him. Van Gundy is still under contract with New York through July 31.

The Washington Wizards have a five-year deal worth between $25 million and $35 million on the table for Van Gundy to accept. According to ESPN sources, the former Knicks coach would not have the general manager's title in Washington, but would have significant say in personnel.

The Wizards have not confirmed that an offer has been made.

Van Gundy has been owner Les Alexander's top choice to replace Rudy Tomjanovich, the longtime Rockets coach who stepped down on May 23.

The Rockets told their other primary candidate, Mike Dunleavy, that they will not make any other moves with potential candidates until Van Gundy makes his decision.

Van Gundy had a 248-172 record as Knicks coach, including a 37-32 mark in the postseason. He guided the Knicks to the 1999 NBA Finals, which New York lost to the Spurs in five games.

He was a Knicks assistant from the 1989-90 season until he was promoted to replace Don Nelson late in the 1995-96 season. Van Gundy was on Pat Riley's staff in the 1994 Finals when the Rockets defeated the Knicks in seven games for Houston's first NBA championship.

06-09-2003, 05:56 PM
Van Gundy is scary if he is coming to Houston. Houston has almost all the necessary pieces for being a good team and Van Gundy would only add one more tough team in the west to the mix.

06-09-2003, 11:46 PM
Zero evidence of JVG's being able to develop young talent--rather the contrary.

Brown would've been a much more formidable opponent in Houston.