Tom Thibodeau and Jeff Van Gundy are two head coaching candidates Leon Rose is expected to consider hire when he becomes president of the New York Knicks.
Thibodeau and Van Gundy have not been candidates during the Knicks’ most recent coaching searches. James Dolan is believed to hold a grudge against Van Gundy following the way he quit during the 01-02 season.
Thibodeau is a CAA client and has worked with Rose.
Van Gundy and Rose are believed to be a mutual admiration.
“If Leon ever hired Jeff, the fans would love him,’’ one insider said.