Can Van Gundy help Rockets avoid disaster?

What's the problem with Houston? NBA Insider Chad Ford breaks down the Rockets breakdown in the pre-season.

Updated: October 21, 2003, 8:39 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
  • Chat wrap with Chad Ford

    Welcome back to the NBA, Jeff Van Gundy.

    It was a little less than two years ago that Van Gundy took a walk after practice, came back awhile later, and suddenly and unexpectedly resigned as the head coach of the Knicks.

    He cited fatigue, discouragement and a lack of passion for the job in his resignation speech. Just below the surface, you knew that Van Gundy kept looking at his aging, declining Knicks team and wondered to himself, why bother?

    Fast forward to this weekend, when Van Gundy had to indefinitely suspend one of his best young players, Eddie Griffin. It was the last in a long series of indignities in Rockets camp that has to have VG asking himself yet again -- is anything worth this?

    Chad Ford

    ESPN Senior Writer