Former Knicks trainer Jeff Van Gundy does the opposite of lobbying for his old job.
Two days after The Post reported that he and Tom Thibodeau would shortlist new president Leon Rose for the next coach, Van Gundy went on the radio to say he primarily hoped interim coach Mike Miller would continue Has success and gets a permanent appearance.
"Mike Miller deserves every opportunity for me to end this season and win the job, and I think anyone who plans to undermine this opportunity as a coach is doing it wrong," said Van Gundy on the NBA SiriusXM radio , “In a coaching situation, we should all take root in order to be successful, because only the people who hold the position of head coach understand how difficult it is to win a single NBA game. And especially for teams that are in the middle, winning games is brutal. "
The post reported on the possibility that Van Gundy would get the main job and keep Miller as an assistant coach. Miller worked as Van Gundy's assistant during Team USA's training camp last summer when they led the Select Team.
Miller's job security was skinned when Knicks branding consultant Steve Stoute said on ESPN Tuesday that a new coaching staff will be deployed after the season to help develop his talented young players.
Van Gundy has always been against sticking secretly to jobs that have already been placed. He came up with this as an interim coach in 1986 after Don Nelson was released.
"I find it unfortunate when people start circling and trying to find a job that isn't even open," said Van Gundy. “Mike Miller deserves all of our support. He did a fantastic job. "
Miller went into the last game before the all-star break with a 13:19 record after replacing David Fizdale, who was 4:18.
The post reported that Van Gundy, a former SUNY-Brockport Point Guard, had had a good relationship with Rose over the years.
Van Gundy's buddy, ex-Knicks assistant Tom Thibodeau, however, seems to have got a leg up when he worked with Rose at the Creative Arts Agency. Thibodeau also has more recent experience as head coach than Van Gundy, who has not been on the sidelines since the 2006/007 season.
A Knicks dream would be Van Gundy (head coach), Thibobeau (deputy head coach) and Miller (defensive coordinator).