Mike Miller, the previous Knicks interim head coach, might resurface as Jeff Van Gundy’s assistant in Houston if Van Gundy holds off John Lucas for the Rockets’ head coaching job, in response to sources.
After Miller was handed over by the Knicks for the everlasting place, Miller opted against staying on Tom Thibodeau’s staff to see if he might land one other gig. Miller has been Van Gundy’s assistant on Workforce USA’s World Cup qualifying groups.
Van Gundy has spoken very extremely of Miller and thought he deserved to stay as Knicks head coach after he did properly taking on for David Fizdale in December. Miller weaved a 17-27 report earlier than the season shut down on March 11.
Van Gundy, when not broadcasting, has moonlighted as a part of Workforce USA’s qualifying program since 2017. He’s additionally had ex-Knicks assistant Josh Longstaff on his USA employees.
Conceivably, Van Gundy might rent his brother Stan, who interviewed in New Orleans. Neither Stan nor Jeff Van Gundy had been thought-about for the Knicks job.
In the meantime, Jeff Van Gundy is not any lock to make a long-waited return as Rockets coach, battling Lucas. Sources imagine one concern is Van Gundy, who nonetheless lives in Houston, getting full approval of the Rockets gamers similar to James Harden and Russell Westbrook.
Lucas has been a Rockets assistant coach for Mike D’Antoni and has plenty of participant assist. Satirically, Thibodeau labored underneath Lucas in San Antonio and Philadelphia within the early Nineties.
Lucas has been on Thibodeau’s employees prior to now. In response to a supply, the Knicks head coach was amenable to hiring Lucas this time round however Lucas was embroiled within the Rockets’ playoff run.
The Knicks haven’t dominated out including a pair extra player-development assistants — which is the world during which Lucas has at all times shined. Royal Ivey, who was on Fizdale’s employees and is being paid for subsequent season, has not been dominated out.