Stan Van Gundy becoming Pelicans coach as brother Jeff waits
At least one of the Van Gundy brothers is leaving the broadcast booth.
Stan Van Gundy, who worked for TNT this season after being fired as president and head coach of the Detroit Pistons in 2018, has agreed to a deal to become the next coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, according to multiple reports. Van Gundy is getting a four-year contract, according to The Athletic.
The 61-year-old Van Gundy also previously coached the Miami Heat and the Orlando Magic, compiling a 523-384 (.577) record over 12 NBA seasons.
“I’m excited to join a talented New Orleans Pelicans team,” Van Gundy tweeted. “It will be an honor to work with our players and to work for [owner] Mrs. [Gayle] Benson and [VP of basketball operations] David Griffin, [GM] Trajan Langdon, their staff and the great people of New Orleans. I can’t wait to talk to our players and get the process started.”
Van Gundy will replace Alvin Gentry, who was fired by the Pelicans in August following a 30-42 season that ended without a playoff appearance. New Orleans had 2019 No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson for only 24 games during his rookie campaign due to knee issues.
Van Gundy’s brother Jeff — a longtime NBA analyst for ESPN — interviewed last week for the head coaching vacancy with the Houston Rockets. He coached them for four seasons before getting fired in 2007; he also coached the Knicks for parts of seven seasons from 1996 to 2001.
The Post reported Monday that Jeff Van Gundy could hire former Knicks interim coach Mike Miller as an assistant if he gets offered the job with the Rockets.
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