Jeff Van Gundy: Knicks are close

Updated: November 26, 2011, 3:10 PM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

Whenever he returns to New York City, Jeff Van Gundy is stopped by fans who inquire about the Knicks. The last coach to lead the Knicks to the Finals often delivers an encouraging scouting report before breaking a bit of bad news:

He still believes the Knicks are one elite player short if they want to contend for their first championship since 1973.

"I do, I do," Van Gundy said Saturday by phone, "and only because of how good Miami is. Miami is so good that New York will have ...

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