World News – US – Stan Van Gundy agrees to become Pelicans’ new coach


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New Orleans Pelicans Reportedly Reunited with Man Stan Van Gundy has made a deal to become the Pelicans’ next coach, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Andrew Lopez say The deal is for four years, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic Van Gundy last coached the Detroit Pistons from 2014 to 2018 Before that he coached the Orlando Magic from 2007 to 2012 and the Miami Heat from 2003 to 2005

Van Gundy has experience leading teams deep into the playoffs He led the Heat to the Eastern Conference Finals in 2005 (they lost to the Detroit Pistons in seven games) and his Orlando Magic team qualified for the NBA Finals in 2009 where they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers under Kobe Bryant in five games The Magic also returned to the conference finals in 2010

In New Orleans, Van Gundy becomes the seventh head coach in franchise history, and he will succeed Alvin Gentry, who the Pelicans parted ways with in August after the team failed to disband. qualified for the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons Van Gundy made it known shortly after the first reports that he had accepted the post he was thrilled to inherit from a young roster teeming with talent – including Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday and Lonzo Ball – as he will be responsible for making the team a permanent contender for the Competitive Western Conference

Van Gundy’s reputation as a great teacher of the game, as well as the fact that his team have generally been strong defensively, would have been major factors in New Orleans’ decision to hire him. Considering that Pelicans are such a young team, this teaching ability should come in handy

During his four seasons in Detroit, Van Gundy held a dual title of president and coach In that capacity he was responsible for making personnel decisions This will not be the case in New Orleans , because he will simply serve as the Pelicans’ coach, by Wojnarowski Under the leadership of executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin, the Pelicans have built a solid front office and a respectable roster – a roster that Van Gundy is definitely excited to be a coach given that he gushed about it on Twitter in July

« How good can the NO be? Well, since Zion came back they were 11-9 and ranked 11th on offense and 8th on defense, » Van Gundy wrote. « And they have 8 guys aged 25 or under (Zion, Ingram, Ball, Hart, Jackson, Hayes, Alexander-Walker and Okafor) Pelican fans must be excited »

With all the young talent on the list, Pelicans fans should indeed be excited, and now that the team has hired an experienced and respected head coach, they have even more reason to be optimistic. p>

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