From the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen :
Jeff Van Gundy was fired as Rockets coach on Friday, less than two weeks after the Rockets’ first-round loss to the Utah Jazz.
After initial ambivalence about returning to the team as coach, Van Gundy had made his desire to be back clear. The Rockets, however, had already begun an extensive interview process with former Kings, Warriors and Trail Blazers coach Rick Adelman who is considered the only candidate to replace Van Gundy.
Van Gundy had told the Rockets that he would not object to the team looking into its coaching options.
On Thursday, Rockets general manager Daryl Morey offered Van Gundy another position with the team, expected to be in a consulting role. Van Gundy has turned down that role.
The Post’s Peter Vescey claims family man Stan V.G. is the front-runner for the Pacers’ head coaching vacancy.
Earlier today, the Toronto Star’s Doug Smith reported Sam Mitchell and the Raptors are close to signing a contract extension.
Florida has denied reports they’re on the brink of making Billy Donovan the highest paid coach in college hoops history. Which doesn’t quite address the question of whether or not Donovan is considering the Orlando job.
Apparently, Comcast has chosen not to retain Steve Mix as the Sixers TV analyst. On the bright side, Mix’s Hoops Academy in Maumee, OH might benefit from the expected tourism boom that will accompany the public opening of The Barry Henssler Birthplace & Museum.