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Reports: Jeff Van Gundy talking with Rockets about coaching job

Jeff Van Gundy met with Houston Rockets ownership and management Wednesday about the team’s coaching job and talks will continue Thursday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

According to USA Today‘s Ben DuBose, besides Van Gundy, the other top candidates are believed to include recent Brooklyn head coach Kenny Atkinson; former Cleveland head coach Ty Lue; and four assistants: Dallas’ Stephen Silas, Denver’s Wes Unseld Jr., Minnesota’s David Vanterpool; and Houston’s John Lucas.

Van Gundy, who has been a color commentator for ESPN since 2007, hasn’t coached in the NBA since leading the Rockets from 2003-07. He has, however, worked as a coach for USA Basketball since 2017.

Van Gundy has a career coaching record of 430-318 (.575) over parts of 11 seasons as head coach in New York and Houston. Van Gundy is 44-44 in the playoffs, including a trip to the 1999 NBA Finals with the Knicks.