Jeff Van Gundy joins Jason Kidd, Tyronn Lue on lengthy list of potential Nets coaches
Jeff Van Gundy did not get the New York Knicks job, but he could soon be a real candidate for another. The Brooklyn Nets will reportedly include the former Houston Rockets coach and longtime ESPN analyst as one of the candidates for the head coaching position, joining others like Jason Kidd and Tyronn Lue.
Van Gundy coached the USA Select Team as recently as 2018, helping USA Basketball quality for the FIBA World Cup in 2019. While he’s been away from the clipboard for a while, he is no stranger to NBA sidelines.
According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the 58-year-old will be one of the external options for the Nets along with Philadelphia 76ers assistant Ime Udoka and interim coach Jacque Vaughn, who will also be under consideration for the job.
The Nets parted ways with former coach Kenny Atkinson prior to the NBA coming to a halt, leaving Vaughn at the helm. He won the next two games before the 2019-20 season was suspended and has gotten off to a 4-2 start in the bubble, despite missing two of his starters in Spencer Dinwiddie and DeAndre Jordan and having the team’s two superstars sit out altogether due to long-term injuries.
Vaughn has certainly made the case to deserve consideration, but Van Gundy, Udoka, Lue, and Kidd will be only a few in what’s expected to be a long list of candidates vying for the job.
Assuming there’s a healthy Kevin Durant and Kyrie Irving to take on the 2020-21 season, the Nets job could be the most appealing one in the market by the time the offseason comes around.