Stan Van Gundy: Brother Jeff Not Coaching Nets -- Or Anyone Else
Jeff, now an NBA television analyst, has been out of coaching since he left the Houston Rockets after the 2006-07 season. Jeff coached the New York Knicks for parts of seven seasons, taking them to the 1999 NBA Finals, where they lost to the San Antonio Spurs.
He coached the Rockets from 2003-2007, and twice won 50 games. There have been reports that the Nets were targeting Jeff to be their next coach.
"He hasn't shown any great interest in getting back in,'' Stan said before the Magic/Bobcats Game 2 Wednesday night. "I'd be surprised by that. I think he's pretty happy, and his family is happy where he is.''
The brothers talk often -- a few times a week -- and Stan said that Jeff often still calls to offer coaching advice. Their father, Bill Van Gundy, was a successful small college coach, and he attends most Magic home games.
"His family is happy the way it is now, and I'm not sure uprooting them now is what he wants to do,'' Stan said. "He hasn't shown any inclination to do that. He likes what he's doing -- spending a lot of time with the family -- and he works 50 days a year, which isn't a bad job.''