If you’re a Detroit Pistons fan, you want nothing more than to have your team hire a head coach that is somewhat competent and has some sort of experience with winning big games. According to Yahoo!‘s Adrian Wojnarowski, the team is targeting established winner, Stan Van Gundy.
Don’t know much about the former head coach? Well, he spent two-plus seasons with the Miami Heat as the head coach, going 112-83 and winning a division title while making it all the way to the conference finals in his final season there.
You might be saying, ‘two-plus seasons is not enough time to judge the success of a head coach,’ and you would be correct.
His next job came two years after he resigned from the Heat, joining the Orlando Magic as the head coach and experiencing a ton of success. In his first three seasons with Orlando, he won 170 games and three consecutive division titles. He led the Magic to the NBA Finals in his second season with the Dwight Howard-led squad.
Yes, he has experience winning — and winning when it matters — something the past four, or five if you count John Loyer, Pistons coaches couldn’t have said.
Van Gundy has never finished below .500 in any season and has made the playoffs in each full season he has coached. Don’t forget the fact that he has won nearly 50 playoff games in seven full seasons as a coach. That’s 20 more wins than the entire Pistons organization has accumulated since 2005.
It seems like owner Tom Gores is looking to him to be the next head coach as well as replacing Joe Dumars as the president of basketball operations. Basically, giving him full control of the team.
Again, if you’re a Pistons fan, this would be a great move. However, they will be fighting for Van Gundy with the more talented Golden State Warriors.
This should be interesting.
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