Wow, that was a surprise. I mean, the Knicks weren't doing too well this year (still struggling to stay above .500 ball), but given their dearth of top-tier talent at some crucial positions (say, point guard and true center) as well as their abominable draft history, I suppose one can't be too surprised. Anyway, the press report says Van Gundy claimed it was "for family reasons," if one believes that. Still, he leaves behind quite a record (third-winningest Knick coach, playoffs every year he was coach, as well as a trip to the 1999 finals) for a guy that many assumed would be a stopgap choice, an interim guy until some more high-profile, media-slick fella could be hired. Now see how he compared with guys like that (e.g. Pat Riley, Rick Pitino, John Calipari), and one can only be faintly amazed at how well the man, who looks more like the guy who does your taxes than an NBA coach, was able to do in the tank of sharks that is the New York sports world. (And how many coaches would jump into a player fight and try to break it up by hanging onto a player's leg like some lovestarved puppy? ) Thanx for all you did, Jeff.