New York Knicks top candidates to be the team’s head coach

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Jeff Van Gundy

Jeff Van Gundy is one of the best broadcasters in basketball. He has found his niche at ESPN but has expressed interest in coaching again. This would be the flashy name everyone is looking for. After leading the team to the NBA Finals in 1999, the Knicks haven’t been back, nor have they been close.

JVG knows the game well and is a damn good coach, with his resume extending beyond the NBA. Van Gundy has had success coaching a number of USA Basketball teams. Even bigger than that, he knows how to win in New York, which trumps everything else. It’s no secret James Dolan and Van Gundy have had their issues, but it’s been 20 years.

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Not only do the Knicks need a coach, but they need a leader and someone who will hold their players accountable. Van Gundy has a certain aura about him and his presence would immediately be felt in the locker room. Over the course of 11 seasons in the NBA, he holds a record of 430-318 (.575%).

Van Gundy would be a defensive-minded head coach and in an offense-oriented league. The ability to defend at a high level if you want to have sustained success. He brings out the best in his players and uses them to their strengths, rather than trying to make them into something they’re not. JVG gets it, he has a high basketball IQ and what better way to get back on track than to hire the guy last responsible for it.

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