8 Reasons We Want Jeff Van Gundy Back on the Sidelines Coaching

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8 Reasons We Want Jeff Van Gundy Back on the Sidelines Coaching
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Jeff Van Gundy has been contacted by the Brooklyn Nets as a part of their head coaching search, which has driven rumors of Van Gundy's triumphant return to the NBA into overdrive. It seems like something that would help us all in the long run.

Van Gundy has spent at least part of 11 seasons as an NBA head coach—seven with the New York Knicks and four with the Houston Rockets.

In that time, he's had the pleasure of coaching guys like Patrick Ewing, Yao Ming, Larry Johnson, Tracy McGrady and much more legendary players, like Brian Cardinal and Scott Padgett.

He was a more defensive-minded coach than anything, always stressing a strong, team-oriented attack on defense with a unique ability to recognize the specific positives in each player's game.

Van Gundy was a student of Pat Riley, who was New York's head coach between 1991 and 1995.

There's no reason to think that he wouldn't be successful with any coaching job he accepted, and it's pretty reasonable to think that multiple teams would be vying for his leadership.

I'd say it's more than just specific teams who should want Van Gundy to return; we should all want his excitement and energy back in the NBA as well.

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