Seemingly every year, Jeff Van Gundy is among the many names thrown around for various NBA head coaching vacancies. That is the case again, as he is possibly the leading candidate for the Houston Rockets job, according to the Racine Journal Times' Gary Woelfel.

Van Gundy previously served as a head coach for the New York Knicks from 1996 to 2001 and the Rockets from 2003 to 2007, posting a career record of 430-318. In nine of his 11 seasons as a head coach, he led his team to the playoffs, including an NBA Finals appearance for the Knicks in 1999.

But he has not coached since being fired by the Rockets following the 2007 season. During his time away from coaching, the 54-year-old has been an NBA broadcaster for ESPN. His brother Stan is the current head coach of the Detroit Pistons.

The Rockets have interviewed several candidates since bowing out of the playoffs in the first round, including the likes of interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff, TV analyst Kenny Smith, ex-Suns coach Jeff Hornacek and several others. Woelful also reported that the team expects to fill the position by sometime next week.

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