View Full Version : Rockets Fire Van Gundy

05-19-2007, 12:43 AM
The AP

HOUSTON -- If Jeff Van Gundy had decided sooner that he wanted to return to the Houston Rockets, he would still have a job. At least that's what the team was saying Friday after firing him.
The Rockets' Game 7 loss to Utah meant a first-round exit for the third time in Van Gundy's four seasons, raising the possibility that the coach would step down or be dismissed by owner Les Alexander.
The 45-year-old Van Gundy had one season left on a nonguaranteed contract. When the season ended, Van Gundy said he needed time to ponder his future and while he did, the Rockets contacted at least one possible replacement.
Rockets general manager Daryl Morey said Van Gundy gave the team his blessing to seek other candidates, in case he decided not to coach anymore. But Van Gundy said he told the Rockets all along that he wanted to come back as coach.