Sunday, February 9, 2014
Van Gundy to Woody: 'Just do your job'
By Ian Begley
Jeff Van Gundy coached the Knicks for more than six seasons, so he knows all about the pressure of running a team in the Big Apple.
As a fan of New York sports and an NBA analyst for ESPN, Van Gundy’s been following Mike Woodsons’s situation in New York very closely.
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He’s been extremely supportive of Woodson amid all of the widespread media speculation over his job.
Van Gundy was asked on ESPN Radio’s “The Ian O’Connor Show” if he had any advice for Woodson.
His message was simple: ignore the outside noise.
“Just do your job and don’t feel the need to update the media on your feelings because it doesn’t matter,” Van Gundy said. “Just do your job. You know how to coach and you’ve done it very well there. I wouldn’t apologize to anyone if I was him because I think he’s handled himself very, very well in a difficult situation.”
The Knicks are 20-31 and in tenth place in the Eastern Conference, two games behind Charlotte for the eighth seed. They’ve lost four of five, leading to another round of widespread speculation that Woodson’s job is in jeopardy.
Van Gundy called the constant speculation over Woodson’s job “very, very unfair.”
If Woodson is let go, the Knicks would likely consider a big-name coach such as Van Gundy or John Calipari, among others, to bring in over the summer.
Van Gundy has said that he has no interest in taking over a team in the middle of the season.