Milwaukee Bucks Targeting Stan Van Gundy for Vacant Head Coaching Position
The Milwaukee Bucks made the NBA Playoffs as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference, despite the fact that they finished the season six games below .500. However, they were promptly dominated by the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat in the first round of the postseason, Milwaukee being on the wrong end of a four-game sweep.
Just a few days after that season-ending loss, the Bucks announced that their interim head coach, Jim Boylan, would not be returning next season. Of course, this means that Milwaukee will now be one of the many teams around the league entering the search for a new head coach to lead them into the 2013-2014.
Though it’s obviously early in the process, one of the early candidates to take the job in Milwaukee is Stan Van Gundy. The last time that we saw Van Gundy in the NBA he was maximizing the talent on an Orlando Magic team lead by Dwight Howard. Howard, however, was eventually the player who forced Van Gundy out of town.
Van Gundy, though he’s a little rough around the edges and loves his Diet Pepsi, is a fantastic basketball coach. Particularly, Van Gundy is well versed in building around a dominant big man surrounded by shooters, a strategy that took his Magic teams to the postseason for several years.
Considering the fact that the Bucks have the emerging frontcourt duo of Larry Sanders and John Henson and that the team will have the cap-room to bring in perimeter shooters, Van Gundy would absolutely be the ideal coach for this Milwaukee team. The only question is whether they can lure Van Gundy to come to a small-market team like the Bucks. If they can, though, the Bucks will be better for it.