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Is Jeff Van Gundy Lobbying for Brooklyn Nets job?

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Tim Bontemps spoke last week to Jeff Van Gundy and in his first report, the out-of-work coach spoke about the job that P.J. Carlesimo has done ("masterful") and how the Nets had "overachieved" this season.

Now, Bontemps is writing about what JVG thinks about the Nets going forward. He was quite explicit, explicit enough to make one ask if he's lobbying for the job, which will be open this summer.

In short, Van Gundy says the Nets have "significant questions" that need to be answered before they can take "the next step", which is championship contention.

"I think they have going forward, significant things that they have to find out about their team to try to make that next step up to what they want to be, which is a championship-caliber team."

Among them, the future of Andray Blatche (which was the first thing he brought up, writes Bontemps); "MarShon Brooks … what is he?;" whether the Nets can win big with Kris Humphries and Reggie Evans as power forward: and "Is Wallace a four or a three?"

Van Gundy was careful to note that every team has such "significant questions" and he said liked what the Nets have done. He noted that the Nets 25-4 record against teams under .500 is a great indication of the job Carlesimo has done.

"it doesn’t seem like the preparation is something that’s problematic. It seems like they get ready to play, they play hard, they play unselfishly, and if [Williams’] health truly was an issue, then they’ve gone way beyond what I thought."