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May 18, 2007

We like you. We just don't "Coach like you".: Jeff Van Gundy can return to the Rockets if he chooses. Just not as head coach. New General Manager Daryl Morey demotes (?) Van Gundy, and could replace him with Rick Adelman.

posted by lilnemo to basketball at 01:29 PM - 11 comments

Final Jeopardy: I take Van Gundy for $100 Alex. To have the number or your real estate agent ahead of 911 on their speed dial. Who are Jeff & Stan Van Gundy? First Stan Van Gundy gets tossed to the side by Miami and now Jeff? It's not like these guys can't coach but apparently making the playoffs isn't good enough anymore.

posted by BornIcon at 01:48 PM on May 18

The Rockets were interviewing a new coach (Adelman) before they had even fired Van Gundy. What kind of organization does that?

posted by bperk at 02:21 PM on May 18

The Rockets were interviewing a new coach (Adelman) before they had even fired Van Gundy. What kind of organization does that? Maybe the Houston Texans are involved in this somehow. That would make sense.

posted by wfrazerjr at 02:50 PM on May 18

First Stan Van Gundy gets tossed to the side by Miami and now Jeff?
Remember, Stan officially stepped down. ;p It's not like these guys can't coach but apparently making the playoffs isn't good enough anymore.
Which is interesting, since both Jeff and Adelman have been labeled as coaches who can get you into the playoffs but are not able to win the big one. The Rockets were interviewing a new coach (Adelman) before they had even fired Van Gundy. What kind of organization does that?
An organization that hasn't played past the first round in a decade. But seriously, interviewing for an "unopen" coaching position is a major no-no in the coaching fraternity. Having said that, I believe Adelman sought out Van Gundy's consent first.

posted by lilnemo at 03:00 PM on May 18

Remember, Stan officially stepped down Good one.

posted by BornIcon at 03:10 PM on May 18

The Charlotte Bobcats are excited about this move, cause now they can hire both Van Gundys!

posted by warstda at 03:26 PM on May 18

First Stan Van Gundy gets tossed to the side by Miami and now Jeff? It's not like these guys can't coach but apparently making the playoffs isn't good enough anymore. Their father Bill is a pretty well-known college coach and I actually attended a summer basketball camp that he ran about 12-13 years ago. He knew more about basketball than anyone I have ever met. With a father like that it's no wonder that both Stan and Jeff have made it to the top.

posted by yay-yo at 03:40 PM on May 18

With a father like that it's no wonder that both Stan and Jeff have made it to the top. But the fall from the top is a long way down.

posted by BornIcon at 03:43 PM on May 18

Just saw that Jeff Van Gundy was in fact fired.

posted by BornIcon at 03:50 PM on May 18

if utah takes the whole thing then what does that say about van gundy's coaching?

posted by feetxxxl at 09:33 AM on May 19

Van Gundy isn't the problem with the Rockets.....the center is soft, forwards play old and point and number 2 guard don't bring up for the Rockets to continue on in the playoffs. Everyone wants to point at Van Gundy for everything going wrong well, the fans and owners better start looking to what the team isn't doing to see the light at the top of the stairs. Defense wins titles and the first thing you must do is play DEFENSE DEFENSE, block out, run a offense that suits your players, and keep the ball in YOUR HANDS meaning no or less turnovers. Everyone this year has been agreeing that the officials have been the worst in years if not of all time. Some of the calls have been so far off that it is making the game hard to watch. Rules and violations are not consistent and change during the games from the start to the finish. The league itself is losing the fans because of this and other things. The league has to make everything consistent for all the players not just the select few and even then some of the best don't get the calls even though the foul was there for whatever it isn't called. (I not going to get into that any further, we all know what I am talking about and who this is happening with this year). Jeff Van Gundy can't play the game for his players anymore than any coach can play for his team. Whether or not he was fired doesn't make it any worst, Houston has to learn to PLAY DEFENSIVE BASKETBALL to go further in the playoffs. Soft players don't go far in the NBA playoffs and the past has proved that. When Magic and Kareem were winning there wasnt' a team any harder than there were. And defensive they were the best because Kareem cut off the middle and Worthy and the others took care of the rest. Russell and company did the same and remember the 72 Lakers with Wilt in the middle with West, Goodrich, Erickson and the rest they just wouldn't like the other team score... Coaches will always be the center of attention for what is wrong with the team but the players are the ones who should take the most responsibility for what happens and winning and losing...

posted by The Old Man at 11:53 AM on May 19

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