Report: Van Gundy leaving Rockets

Updated: May 16, 2007, 11:02 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Saturday's Game 7 loss to the Jazz was the last for Jeff Van Gundy as the Houston Rockets' coach, according to the New York Post.

Van Gundy's Coaching Record
Jeff Van Gundy
Van Gundy
Jeff Van Gundy is 430-318 in coaching stints in New York and Houston. He has a 44-44 record in the postseason.
Year
Team
Record
Playoffs
2006-07
HOU
52-30
3-4
2005-06
HOU
34-48
None
2004-05
HOU
51-31
3-4
2003-04
HOU
45-37
1-4
2001
NYK
10-9
None
2000-01
NYK
48-34
2-3
1999-00
NYK
50-32
9-7
1999
NYK
27-23
12-8
1997-98
NYK
43-39
4-6
1996-97
NYK
57-25
6-4
1996
NYK
13-10
4-4

Citing an "impeccable source," The Post reported that Van Gundy is leaving NBA coaching for the forseeable future. According to the source, Van Gundy's decision isn't based on the first-round series loss to the Jazz.

When contacted by ESPN.com on Sunday, Rockets spokesman Nelson Luis said Van Gundy planned to speak to the media on Monday.

"We don't know where this came from. Jeff has been spending all his energy working on the Utah series, and he hasn't put any thought into his future situation."

Van Gundy wouldn't discuss his future when asked in the postgame news conference Saturday.

When reached by The Houston Chronicle, Van Gundy strongly denied he has decided to leave his job as Rockets coach.

"I haven't even thought about that yet," Van Gundy said. "It's just 12 hours after we lost. There has been speculation about my job going on the whole year. Anybody that saying that [he has chosen to step down as Rockets coach], I have no idea why they would say that.

"There is no significance to anything other than we lost. That's the only significant thing."

Rockets owner Leslie Alexander told The Chronicle that he hasn't made a decision on Van Gundy, who has one non-guaranteed season remaining on his contract.

Alexander told the newspaper that he doesn't plan to fire Van Gundy.

Elias Says
Jeff Van Gundy
Van Gundy
It's been reported that Jeff Van Gundy is leaving the NBA coaching ranks following the Rockets' defeat in the first round of the playoffs. Although he was hired by Houston less than four years ago (June 10, 2003), only two NBA head coaches have a longer continuous tenure with their current team than Van Gundy: Jerry Sloan (with Utah since December 1988) and Gregg Popovich (with San Antonio since December 1996).

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"There is absolutely no truth to that. That's false, totally false. That decision has not been made," he told The Chronicle.

The Rockets have missed the playoffs just once in Van Gundy's four years with the Rockets, but Houston has also failed to make it out of the first round each time.

Van Gundy is 430-318 as an NBA coach. He has a 44-44 postseason record in guiding the Knicks and the Rockets to the playoffs.

In 1999, he became the first coach in NBA history to guide an eighth-seeded team to the NBA Finals, where the Knicks lost to the San Antonio Spurs.

His winning percentage of .590 in New York ranks only second to Pat Riley (.680) in Knicks history.

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