The New York Knicks coaching search continues to provide drama and intrigue as Jeff Van Gundy seemingly was never a candidate at all.
It doesn’t look like the former New York Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy will be the next Knicks coach. According to reports from ESPN’s Ian Begley, the organization currently has no interest in hiring Van Gundy.
The reports surrounding the coaching search have been conflicted at times. One moment, JVG looked like he was going to get an opportunity at the job, but now it looks like that was nothing more than a pipe dream.
It’s hard to know which reports are legitimate during this coaching search. The reports on Van Gundy alone have been all over the place. Frank Isola of the New York Daily News reported that the Knicks had officially reached out to Van Gundy regarding the coaching vacancy.
Conversely, Marc Berman of the New York Post reported that Van Gundy would not comment on whether or not he was in the running for the head coaching job.
So while the reports have conflicted with one another, it would be no surprise if James Dolan has forced the front office to take Van Gundy off the list of possible candidates. The two have had a tenuous relationship since Van Gundy unceremoniously resigned from his position during the 2001-02 season.
It’s likely that Dolan still holds a serious grudge against Van Gundy and while some Knicks fans were salivating at the possibility of getting the outspoken JVG back, it looks like that prospect is all but dead.