I don't think JVG wants to coach right now. First and foremost, he is under contract. Not sure if that can be broken. Secondly, he has young kids and likes staying close to home. I like the guy but i don't see it happening soon
i think everyone would love to get jvg back. i would want him back because i grew up in the van gundy years and was devastated to see him go, nothing against mda though. I think mike is a good coach who is taking to much criticism but if we had the chance to get van gundy, i think we should take it in a heart beat.
By far my number one choice. If I were him, though, I would never leave my cushy announcing job for the stress of being an NBA coach with expectations of a championship.
Perhaps he'd like the challenge though :-). Let's hope!
amen to this post please god save the knicks from the wretched hands of jim dolan and let him see the light at the end of the tunnel so that a new owner may take over so that our gm donnie walsh ream the gm/team president and that our current coach get fired and so that current players no what box out look like so that amare would follow his man instead of guarding absolutely no one leaving everyone open so they can teach this person who dosent know how to play defense something please all lord the 70s have been so a long time ago i wasn't even born yet but today is my birthday and i just want this wish i know all wont be granted but i know you can make a couple things happen
It's funny reading some of these post's about wanting the same JVG that is not only overrated but also quit on the Knicks. He's not a very good coach, not @ all. He took over for a great franchise after the foundation was already established by Riley & Ewing.
JVG "did not bring defense back to NY"; it was already in place lol.
I could care less that he made the Finals during 99 as the 8th seed thanks to MJ retiring, Chicago falling off, Reggie & the Pacers were aging + a freakish 4PT LJ shot. He made the Finals during an extremely WEAK Eastern Conf. Big deal.
When MDA had Felton, Fields (rookie), Gallo, Amare, Mozgov (rookie), Chandler, Turiaf & Douglas... You all were calling him a bad coach when we were the 6th seed..
JVG had a LOADED & STACKED team with Ewing, LJ, Spree, Houston, Ward, Childs, Camby & Kurt Thomas & FAILED to coach them to anything better than an 8th seed & 4 games above .500 in an EXTREMELY weak Eastern Conf. Pathetic & overrated coach.
JVG belongs in the booth... Where he's been.
I'm not even sure it's safe to say JVG would have even improved our defensive team before the trade but one thing is for sure... We wouldn't have ranked #1 or #2 in offense this year because he can never compare to MDA in that aspect of the game. He would have fell FLAT on his face the past two years in New York with cap hell rosters. He doesn't have the heart to lose for 2 or 3 years just for a chance to win later on. He's a quitter that was never forced to coach bad teams with bad defensive players. Save all that "top 10 defense talk" for someone who doesn't understand how to look at the big picture. The man struggles to win during the regular seaon with a very good to great Franchise.
An aging Ewing would have sent the rookie back to Russia on D! Mozgov ONLY averaged 2/3 pts/boards per. The most important defensive position in basketball & Ewing was still a force. JVG was BLESSED to have #33 down low. Ewing wasn't blessed to have "JVG".
Amare will NEVER be as strong & tough as LJ on D!. You kidding me?
Turiaf cant compete with an athletic freak of nature in Camby on D. Not even close.
Sprewell would dominate Chandler's defense. The intensity of Spree, way before JVG was always 2nd to none. Just ask Sprewell's coach & neck.
Kurt Thomas was a force on the boards & defense. Kurt Thomas would make the defense of Shawne Williams look foolish @ best.
Ward was ONE hell of a defensive player & Felton's defense has never & will never compete with the tough D of Ward!
Alan Houston was a veteran LEADER & yes Fields has defensive talent & potential but Houston was a real leader.
The ONLY advantage would be TD over Childs on D!
BIG's such as Herb & Dudley QUICKLY erase that 1 advantage.
Dude... JVG struggled to win during the regular season as the freaking 8th SEED with a LOADED & STACKED team with once again... Ewing, LJ, Camby, Kurt Thomas, Sprewell, Houston, Ward & Childs! Pathetic coaching job.
How about you stop trying to compare MDA's situation to JVG. JVG never had to REBUILD a Knicks team. JVG? He took over for a franchise that was great for damn near 10+ years. Success was given to Van Gundy. Any coach in the league would have won with that stacked roster. Any GOOD coach would have competed for the top 2 seeds during the years of an extremely weak Eastern Conf. He FAILED to lead them into the playoffs with anything better than an 8th seed which was sad with a SET team.
The man is an overrated coach. He quit on the Knicks once he SEEN the roster had no chance to win after Ewing. He left for Houston & let us become the laughing stock of the league. He could care less about the team or fans. **** that quitter.
MikeD took this job KNOWING we would LOSE for 2 maybe 3 full years!
Wait, did you say that the Knicks with JVG were run and gun during the 1999 playoffs?!?!?!?! lol!!!!!!!
I was there dude and it WAS NOT run and gun!!!! They won game 5 78, 77. It was the slowest, most physical type game you could ever watch! In fact, the NBA changed some of the defensive rules... Twice... because of the 1980/90's Knicks.
You guys have no clue!! I was there for the 1980's and 90's Knicks experiencing it first hand; in the 90's fans were calling up wfan and espn radio screaming to fire JVG because he only knew how to coach D and the team couldn't take the next step because they were struggling offensively. Man, how quick we forget.. It's like when you breakup with a girlfriend and then years later you bump into them and totally forget all the bad that made you dump them in the first place. Countless calls about JVG's coaching decisions and wanting then Knicks to bring in a Donnie Nelson (the offensive genius)... little did they know just how disastrous that would be. Knicks fans always want the opposite of what they have.... Always!!!! Hell, I remember calls to remove Riley complaining that his slow physical game was preventing the Knicks from taking the next step.
MDA has spent the past 3 years coaching a team that has been dumping salaries and tanking seasons... This season was about getting 2 too 3 stars on this team and to get Melo we had to dump half the team.... You guys need to be more patient and stop bitching like little girls with a skinned knee!!!!