The Pelicans describe their split from Stan Van Gundy As a mutual agreement, But the former New Orleans coach does not think this description is completely accurate.
Appeared in “STUpodity” podcastVan Gundy explained that it was obvious that he was not on the same page as David Griffin, the executive vice president of basketball operations at the Pelicans, and that he “looked at coaches in a completely different way” caused him to withdraw suddenly.After New Orleans finished with a total score of 31-41 and missed the playoffs of Van Gundy’s first season as the team’s head coach, New Orleans announced that it had parted ways with Van Gundy, and Griffin says The organization made this decision because “it is in the best interest of our team to move in a different direction.”
Van Gundy said in the podcast: “I would say this is a union in this sense, I think you can understand this: I don’t want to stay where they don’t want me, and they don’t want me either.” “I was at that time. I didn’t fight to stay there. It’s not a joint decision. It’s interesting. When I left Detroit, I really like the boss there, Tom Gores, who also said it was a joint decision. I said, “Yes. Yes, Tom let me go, so I left. “I think it’s mutual. It’s the same thing.”
Report from June Shams Charania, Joe Vardon and William Guillory of The Athletic Expressing that the family of Pelicans star Zion Williamson was dissatisfied with Van Gundy’s “too rigid and demanding” as a coach, sparking speculation that the bad relationship between Van Gundy and Williamson might have driven the 61-year-old player out of the door. But Van Gundy refuted these rumors, saying that he likes coaching Williamson, who was selected to the All-Star for the first time this season.
“I have a good relationship with him. I have no problems,” Van Gundy said. “I think we improved the platform we gave him. We put him in a different situation, let him keep the ball and play a lot of point guards. I think we did some good things to him. If they are unhappy, I don’t listen. Said. Zion is unhappy that we have not won more games, but Zion has never expressed any of this to me. This does not mean that he is unhappy. I don’t know. They may not be happy to be with me, this It’s part of the change. I hate things like when a player is fired, the player will be fired by the coach. I think it makes the player look bad, I think it’s unfair. Of course players have the right to express them to people and things. But the management and the boss make the decision, they are the ones who decide to fire people. This should not always be placed on the players.
“I know this. No matter what happens in this regard, Zion is not a coach killer. He is someone who can help you win many games. He plays the right way. One thing I will miss is the opportunity to continue. Coach him because he is so unique in the way he plays and what he can do. It really makes you think as a coach. You can do a lot of things with him. That exploration is very interesting. So, I am against us. Ann is satisfied with what Ann has done. I think we helped him. Other people’s views on this will depend on them.”
As for who should replace him in New Orleans, Van Gundy recommended Pelicans assistant coach Fred Vinson. Van Gundy praised Vincent’s work in helping Williamson improve his shooting, and believes that he will be in a good succession position, because he not only has Williamson, but also Brandon Ingram and Lonzo Ball’s relationship.
But no matter which candidate fills the vacancy, Van Gundy feels that the next coach will face a terrible situation.
Van Gundy said: “I just think good progress is being made, but now someone must take the next step. There are a lot of good coaches.” “I think this is still an attractive job because New Orleans is a great one. City. This is a young team-too young, to be honest, needs to grow old. This is a big problem. Two-thirds of our points are scored by players 23 and under. This is too much Yes, but there is a lot of potential here, and your core is a generation of talents.”