Francis no longer Rockets' No. 1 option

Updated: February 6, 2004, 10:08 AM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
If Jeff Van Gundy says it's hot, then Steve Francis is, most likely, going to argue it's cold.

"It's never going to be over as far as an endpoint," Francis said in the Houston Chronicle of their latest argument concerning his Super Bowl Sunday disappearance. "He's going to coach the way he wants to coach, and I'm going to play the way I want to play. There's always going to be conflict. It's not like we're going to be best friends. There are going to be days when he thinks I should have done this better, and there are going to be days when I think he should have done things better. We both understand that."

Or maybe it's Van Gundy saying it's cold and Francis opting for hot.