- The Washington Times - Tuesday, December 11, 2001

NEW YORK (AP) Don Chaney will be the coach for the New York Knicks for the rest of this season. He has no guarantees beyond that.
Chaney officially was promoted yesterday, taking over for the departed Jeff Van Gundy. Team president Scott Layden would not reveal contract terms, but Chaney was straightforward.
"I want to do the best I can do for the duration of this contract, which is this season," Chaney said. "You have to win to have longevity and to survive, but I've been around long enough and I've been in the last year of a contract before, and it doesn't bother me."
Chaney has an agent, Lonnie Cooper, who represents several other NBA coaches. For this contract, though, Chaney said he worked out the details with Layden by himself.
Chaney, who coached the Knicks to a victory over Indiana on Saturday night following Van Gundy's unexpected resignation, inherits a team with an 11-9 record that has been to the postseason every year since 1988.
"I'm going to do the best I can do, and if my best isn't good enough, so be it," said Chaney, who will be in his fourth stint as an NBA coach.
Chaney was 1991 NBA Coach of the Year with the Houston Rockets. He also coached the Los Angeles Clippers and the Detroit Pistons.
Chaney has been with the Knicks as an assistant for seven seasons.
"I've got to give Jeff Van Gundy credit. He always put together a strong coaching staff with great assistants, and that helps make this a seamless transition," Layden said. "Our focus is on winning right now and keeping this organization in a winning mode."
The Knicks are sixth in the Eastern Conference and third in the Atlantic Division after having won six of their last seven games.

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