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Stan Van Gundy reportedly not interested in current head coaching openings

Apr 20, 2013, 12:30 PM EDT

Orlando's Stan Van Gundy shouts during an NBA playoff basketball game in Indianapolis Reuters

Despite how things ended for him in Orlando, or maybe in part because of just how honest he was publicly while dealing with the whole Dwight Howard situation in his final season has head coach there, Stan Van Gundy remains one of the more well-respected head coaches in the league, and an intriguing name that’s sure to surface on more than one team’s wish list this summer.

There are three teams currently without head coaches, after Byron Scott, Doug Collins, and Lawrence Frank were all ousted as soon as the regula season had finished.

Van Gundy, however, is reportedly not interested in any of those options.

From Brian Schmitz of the Orlando Sentinel:

The Detroit Pistons, Cleveland Cavs and Philadelphia 76ers are looking for coaches — three more possibilities for former Magic coach Stan Van Gundy. I’m told that Van Gundy has no interest in those openings at this time. More jobs could open after the playoffs end, however.

It’s unclear what it will take to bring Van Gundy back onto an NBA sideline, whether it’s next season or beyond. Typically, the  teams in need of a head coach create those openings because there’s been a lot of losing, and because the talent level isn’t where it needs to be in order for them to compete with the league’s elite just yet.

There aren’t going to be a lot of winning situations to immediately step into, but it’s worth waiting until all options are on the table before Van Gundy or anyone else out of the game throws their name into the hat for consideration.

  1. dfh3456 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Would love to see him as coach of the Nets. He would add a few wins just being on the bench.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 21, 2013 at 6:57 AM

      wtf, those jobs are for guys starting out.

  2. 00maltliquor - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    He’s probably waiting to hop into the right situation, not just any situation. Probably waiting to see what happens to the Clippers in the playoffs.

    • miamatt - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:51 PM

      I was going to say the same thing. It would be interesting to see how much he could improve Cleveland, but it would be real exciting to watch SVG in L.A.

      • henryd3rd - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        No way you’ll see Stan V. in Cleveland with that wacky owner.

  3. freudnumb - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    If Clippers lose to the Grizz, SVG might take the job. Once again, in the same town with Dwight.

    • henryd3rd - Apr 20, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      If Vinny Del Negro fails in the playoffs I could see Stan taking that job just to be able to stick to Howard and the Lakers

  4. 13arod - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    i could see him going to pistions

  5. cantonbound13 - Apr 20, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Ron Jeremy look a like tour must be going well.

  6. lorddarkhelmet - Apr 20, 2013 at 3:23 PM

    too bad because he would be a great fit for the Pistons. You won’t find too many job opening with a team that has two big men of that caliber.

  7. silverdeer - Apr 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    This title can be summed up in a very short sentence. “I am not interested because the openings will not pay well enough.”

  8. gmsingh - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    I know one thing: if the Lakers had a choice between Van Gundy or Dwight Howard being part of their organization they made the wrong choice.

  9. jtmmack - Apr 20, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Who in the hell is looking for Stan to be there head coach?

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