Van Gundy aims to coach again after Pistons departure

Coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy parted ways with the Pistons on Monday.

Stan Van Gundy is done with the Detroit Pistons but not done with coaching.

That’s what Van Gundy told the Detroit Free Press after he was let go as the Pistons’ coach and president of basketball operations Monday after four seasons.

“If the right situation came along, I wouldn’t dismiss it. I’m not going out on the terms I would like,” Van Gundy told Pistons beat reporter Vince Ellis.

Van Gundy added: “To not get a chance to coach a full season after the (Blake Griffin) move we made is disappointing to me. I’m not bitter and I was treated well. I’ve got no complaints.”

Van Gundy compiled a 152-176 record in four years with the Pistons. He has also coached the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic. His career record is 523-384. He led the Magic to the Finals in 2009, when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Earlier this month ESPN reported Van Gundy was “resisting” team owner Tom Gores’ suggestions on restructuring the front office. The sides apparently could not reach a comprise, leading to the change of direction.

“We have decided that change is needed to take our basketball organization to the next level,” Gores said in the statement.

2 Comments on "Van Gundy aims to coach again after Pistons departure"

  1. Phil Janeau | May 7, 2018 at 10:26 pm |

    “He led the Magic to the Finals in 2009, when they lost to the Raptors.”

    Hey Sam – You obviously meant to write “Lakers”, but probably had your mind (like me) on the extinction-level event occurring over at The Q right now haha!

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