NBA PM: Stan Van Gundy Won’t Coach Next Year
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Stan Van Gundy Won’t Coach Next Year
Stan Van Gundy is one of the best head coaches on the market, which is why he has been linked to just about every coaching job that has opened up in recent weeks. So far, he has been mentioned as a possible candidate for the Brooklyn Nets, Milwaukee Bucks, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Clippers, Detroit Pistons, and Philadelphia 76ers among others. There’s plenty of interest in the 53-year-old head coach, who has a career winning percentage of .641.
However, Van Gundy has made it clear to teams that he’s not interested in coaching next season because he wants to continue spending time with his family and he doesn’t want to uproot them to move across the country. While he’s not ruling out a return to coaching at some point down the road, he’s certain that he won’t be on the sidelines for the 2013-14 season.
“It’s not going to be next year,” Van Gundy told David Baumann of SportsTalkFlorida.com. “It won’t be. As you get down the road more, the longer you’re out, the harder it is to get back in. That was certainly a difficult part of the decision process for me because it’s certainly something that I miss and don’t want to close the door on for the rest of my life, but it’s not, right now anyway, in the best interest of my family. So it won’t be next year.
“I sort of laugh a little bit on jobs I supposedly interviewed for,” Van Gundy added with a laugh. “I don’t know who those sources are. I certainly have had inquiries from people, but no job offers and I have not interviewed anywhere. I have had people call, which has been flattering, but I have not advanced it to an interview or talking seriously with anybody. There were situations that made me pause and think, which was good, but we had come to a decision on what we wanted to do.”
Van Gundy is a family guy and he doesn’t want to move his wife and kids again, especially considering one of his kids has two years left before graduating high school, which would be a tough time to switch schools. He also doesn’t want to be away from his family for long periods of time, which is one of the sacrifices that an NBA head coach must make.
“As soon as I got fired last year, my kids’ first question was, ‘Are we going to have to move?’” Van Gundy said. “That was the first question assuming that I would be looking for another job and I assured them at that time that, not that they would have veto power or anything else, but that it would be a family decision and that they would have say in what went on. It wouldn’t be just me making the decision. If there were nobody else involved, look, I miss it. I’d be trying to get coaching job. But there are five other people involved in my family and you have to take into account what’s best for everyone at that moment and so that’s what we’ve done and we don’t feel right now is the best time for us to get back into it. It is an incredible blessing and I am very, very lucky to have the option to not do a whole lot, work a few hours a week, doing some radio stuff, but really be around all the time,” Van Gundy said. “It’s been a great, great year.”
Van Gundy made it clear that he could still change his mind, but he believes that’s incredibly unlikely.
“NBC Sports Radio has been great, I’ve really enjoyed that part of it, but I’ll admit, in terms of the way I think of myself professionally, I still think of myself as a coach, not as a broadcaster,” Van Gundy said. “I miss the coaching. It pulls at me. I think it’s going to be there always and we’ll have to wait to see what the future holds, and that’s why I’m quick to not characterize anything as permanent. As we sit here on May the 21st, I’m not planning on coaching next year. I’m not even saying no to that for sure, though I’m pretty sure that won’t happen based on the fact I’ve been saying no to everybody. But, you just don’t know. Things change from day-to-day and year-to-year and so we’ll just have to see what happens.”
With Van Gundy likely unavailable this offseason, teams will have to look elsewhere to fill their vacant head coaching jobs. There are plenty of other notable free agent coaches including Phil Jackson, Jerry Sloan, Nate McMillan, Avery Johnson, Alvin Gentry, Jeff Van Gundy and Byron Scott among others. Some of the top assistant coaches who may be available are Mike Malone, Brian Shaw, Mike Budenholzer and Steve Clifford among others.
2013 NBA Draft Lottery is Tonight
In several hours, the 2013 NBA Draft Lottery will determine which team will be selecting first overall on June 27 in the Barclays Center. Once the draft order is set, we’ll have a better idea of where certain players will be selected because we’ll know where each team will be picking and which needs they have to fill. Here are the lottery teams along with their odds.
Orlando Magic – 20–62 – 250 combinations
Charlotte Bobcats – 21–61 – 199 combinations
Cleveland Cavaliers – 24–58 – 156 combinations
Phoenix Suns – 25–57 – 119 combinations
New Orleans Pelicans – 27–55 – 88 combinations
Sacramento Kings – 28–54 – 63 combinations
Detroit Pistons – 29–53 – 43 combinations
Washington Wizards – 29–53 – 28 combinations
Minnesota Timberwolves – 31–51 – 17 combinations
Portland Trail Blazers – 33–49 – 11 combinations
Philadelphia 76ers – 34–48 – 8 combinations
Toronto Raptors – 34–48 – 7 combinations
Dallas Mavericks – 41–41 – 6 combinations
Utah Jazz – 43–39 – 5 combinations
While the Magic have a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery, the team with the best odds hasn’t done so well in recent years. Orlando had the best odds in 2004, won the lottery and selected Dwight Howard. However, no team since has won the lottery with the best odds.
Magic executive Pat Williams will be representing Orlando at the lottery and he seems to be an excellent good luck charm. Williams has won the lottery four times, including three with the Magic in 1992, 1993 and 2004.
The 2013 NBA Draft Lottery will begin around 8:30 p.m. ET and will be televised on ESPN.
Once the lottery is set, we’ll be rolling out our latest consensus mock draft with the changes.
Clippers Part Ways With Vinny Del Negro
The Los Angeles Clippers will not bring back Vinny Del Negro as head coach next season.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, Del Negro was notified by the team on Tuesday afternoon.
After three seasons with the team, Del Negro will leave with a 128-102 (55.7 percent) regular-season record. The Clippers 56-win mark this past year was a record under owner Donald Sterling – but the team was ousted in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies.