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Jeff Van Gundy (born January 19, 1962 in Hemet, Californiamarker) is a former Americanmarker basketball head coach, he coached most recently with the National Basketball Association's Houston Rockets. Van Gundy transferred to Menlo Collegemarker and ultimately graduated from New Yorkmarker's Nazareth College (1985) after he was cut from Yale Universitymarker's basketball team.

Van Gundy grew up as a son of a basketball coach, Bill Van Gundy, the former head coach at Brockport State Universitymarker in Western New York. Jeff Van Gundy's brother Stan Van Gundy is the current head coach of the NBA's Orlando Magic.


Van Gundy began his basketball coaching career at McQuaid Jesuit High Schoolmarker in Rochester, New Yorkmarker, where he coached during the 1985-1986 season. Let's Go Nights! The following year, he became a graduate assistant under Rick Pitino at Providence Collegemarker, helping the Providence Friars advance to the Final Four. In his second season with the Providence Friars, he was promoted to assistant coach under Gordon Chiesa. The next season, Van Gundy became an assistant coach under Bob Wenzel at Rutgersmarker.

On July 28, 1989, Jeff Van Gundy became assistant coach for the New York Knicks. The next six-and-a-half seasons would be spent providing support to Stu Jackson (1989-1990), John MacLeod (1990-1991) , Pat Riley (1991-1995) and Don Nelson (1995-1996). The Knicks never finished lower than third in the Atlantic Division, won three division titles, and qualified for the playoffs in every year of his tenure as an assistant coach. The Knicks would advance to the Eastern Conference Finals in 1993 and the NBA Finals vs. the Houston Rockets in 1994.

From March 8, 1996 to his resignation on December 8, 2001, Van Gundy was the head coach of the New York Knicks. He led the Knicks to the playoffs six times, including their Cinderella run to the 1999 NBA Finals.

Van Gundy was hired by the Houston Rockets in 2003. On May 18, 2007, Van Gundy was fired from his position as head coach of the Houston Rockets after their seven-game first-round playoff loss to the Utah Jazz. Later that night, Van Gundy was a guest analyst for ESPN's broadcast of the Phoenix Suns-San Antonio Spurs game in San Antonio, Texasmarker and has since helped cover the playoffs for ESPN in the broadcast booth.

On May 12, 2009, Van Gundy expressed his desire to eventually return to coaching on ESPN writer Bill Simmons' podcast, stating he would even consider being an assistant coach.

Coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Games Won Lost Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
NY [1]95/96 23 13 10 .565 2nd in Atlantic Division 4 4 .500 Conf. Semifinals
NY 96/97 82 57 25 .695 2nd in Atlantic Division 6 4 .600 Conf. Semifinals
NY 97/98 82 43 39 .524 2nd in Atlantic Division 4 6 .400 Conf. Semifinals
NY 98/99 50 27 23 .540 4th in Atlantic Division 12 8 .600 NBA Finals
NY 99/00 82 50 32 .610 2nd in Atlantic Division 9 7 .563 Conf. Finals
NY 00/01 82 48 34 .585 3rd in Atlantic Division 2 3 .400 1st Round
NY [2]01/02 19 10 9 .526 - - - - -
NY Total 420 248 172 .590 - 37 32 .536 -
HOU 03/04 82 45 37 .540 5th in Midwest Division 1 4 .200 1st Round
HOU 04/05 82 51 31 .610 3rd in Southwest Division 3 4 .429 1st Round
HOU 05/06 82 34 48 .415 5th in Southwest Division - - - -
HOU 06/07 82 52 30 .634 3rd in Southwest Division 3 4 .429 1st Round
HOU Total 328 182 146 .555 - 7 12 .368 -
Total 748 430 318 .575 - 44 44 .500 -

[1]: Took over after Don Nelson was fired

[2]: Resigned on December 8, 2001 and was replaced by Don Chaney

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"JVG", as he is called in Internet fandom, created a memorable scene in the 1998 NBA Playoffs series between the New York Knicks and the Miami Heat. When the Heat's Alonzo Mourning and the Knicks' Larry Johnson engaged in a violent, bench-clearing brawl, Van Gundy unsuccessfully tried to break up the fight. Most memorable is Van Gundy's fall to the floor, where he then hangs onto Mourning's leg.

In a 2001 game against the San Antonio Spurs, Danny Ferry elbowed Marcus Camby; While talking to the referee, Camby lost control and tried to punch Ferry, however he missed and hit coach Van Gundy instead.

In May 2005, Van Gundy was fined $100,000 by the NBA for accusing referees of targeting the Houston Rockets center Yao Ming . Van Gundy blamed Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban for causing the referees (alleged) bias. This is the largest fine ever handed down to a coach in NBA history.


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