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Sports Van Gundy: I only had interest in Pelicans' coaching opening

01:25  28 october  2020
01:25  28 october  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Report: Pelicans interviewing Stan Van Gundy for HC

  Report: Pelicans interviewing Stan Van Gundy for HC Longtime NBA head coach Stan Van Gundy has emerged as a finalist for the New Orleans Pelicans' vacant head coach position, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. The 61-year-old television analyst is reportedly meeting with the team Tuesday. Van Gundy previously served as head coach of the Miami Heat (2003-05), Orlando Magic (2007-12), and Detroit Pistons (2014-18). He was also the top basketball executive during his time with the Pistons. In parts of 12 seasons, Van Gundy has amassed a 523-384 (.577) coaching record. The Magic reached the NBA Finals in 2009 under his leadership.

Jeff Van Gundy has expressed interest in and emerged as a candidate for the New Orleans Pelicans ' coaching position, according to league sources. ‎ Sources told ESPN.com this week that the ESPN analyst has expressed interest in the opening and is under consideration for the job, which opened

Van Gundy had traveled to the Bay Area for his role as a television analyst for the Western Conference finals. New Orleans fired coach Monty Williams after a 45-37 regular season and an opening -round playoff sweep by Golden State. The lure of superstar Anthony Davis has made the Pelicans ' job

Despite a number of teams' head coaching positions becoming available this offseason, Stan Van Gundy says he was only interested in manning the sidelines for the New Orleans Pelicans, according to ESPN's Andrew Lopez.

Stan Van Gundy wearing a suit and tie © Leon Halip / Getty Images Sport / Getty

"I was really enjoying being a TV analyst," Van Gundy said during his introductory press conference Tuesday. "I wanted to coach again, but only if we could find an absolutely great opportunity and New Orleans had it all."

Van Gundy highlighted David Griffin - the Pelicans' executive vice president of basketball operations - and his history of building championship-caliber rosters, the opportunity to coach a young and talented group, and the city of New Orleans as factors that played into his decision.

NBA: Coaching carousel: Van Gundy brothers apparently in great demand

 NBA: Coaching carousel: Van Gundy brothers apparently in great demand The Van Gundy brothers could apparently return to the league as head coaches. While Jeff is said to be the preferred candidate from the Front Office of the Houston Rockets, Stan is considered a candidate for the young New Orleans Pelicans. The name Tyronn Lue is also on the list of several general managers. News and rumors about the coaching carousel in the NBA can be found here.

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly hired Stan Van Gundy as their next head coach , according to ESPN' s Adrian Wojnarowski and Andrew The news comes one day after the Indiana Pacers came to terms with former Toronto Raptors assistant Nate Bjorkgren. Seven of the nine open

Van Gundy , currently an NBA television analyst for ESPN, has expressed interest in the position and is the third confirmed candidate after Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau and Golden State On a call with media members earlier this week, Van Gundy declined to discuss the Pelicans job opening .

The new head coach singled out Zion Williamson and reigning Most Improved Player winner Brandon Ingram as two of the players he's excited to work with. Van Gundy - who has a notable history of coaching elite big man, including Dwight Howard - envisions utilizing Williamson's multi-faceted skill set and "unbelievable" playmaking in order to help him develop.

"He's a multi-talented guy. I don't look at him in any way as far as is he a four or a five. I'm not sure those labels matter when it comes to him," Van Gundy said of the 2019 first overall pick. "I think as we study and try to get more definitive and talk to Zion about what he likes, I think it's more what positions we want to put him in and who's best around him."

The 61-year-old also said the team must make "a real commitment" to improving its defense in order to win in the Western Conference. New Orleans' 117.1 points allowed per game was the fourth-highest total in the league last season.

Van Gundy is replacing outgoing head coach Alvin Gentry, who was dismissed after the Pelicans disappointed with a 2-6 record inside the Disney bubble. The former Detroit Pistons bench boss last coached in the NBA during the 2017-18 season.

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