It was only a couple of days ago that Stan Van Gundy was rumored to be the next candidate for the Golden State Warriors head-coaching job. What a difference a few days makes as Van Gundy is reportedly the new head coach and president of basketball operations of the Detroit Pistons. Clearly, it’s the latter that forced him out of retirement.
When Van Gundy was contacted this past week about the various head coaching rumors, he replied that he was enjoying his time away from the game. An extended vacation is always something that is hard to pry away from, especially when money isn’t necessarily a concern. However, the Pistons knew there was one offer Van Gundy couldn’t refuse, and that was to become the president of a NBA team.
On top of having a lot of control over what happens with the Pistons going forward, Van Gundy will also be paid approximately $35 million over five years for his work. Another reason why getting back into the work force was not such a bad idea.
Truth be told, if Pistons owner Tom Gores did not give Van Gundy the operational freedom he now has, there’s a good chance the Warriors would be making a new coaching announcement. However, it is because the 51-year-old will get to perform a dream that is the reason he decided to sign a contract with a team that has plenty of work ahead of it, opposed to one that could contend for a NBA title with the right leadership.
Even though Van Gundy has zero experience in the front office, I personally believe he will handle the duties of head coach and president of basketball operations with confidence. He’s one of the more underrated basketball minds the league has seen for quite some time. No to mention, he has a history of taking mediocre teams with plenty of flaws and making them great.