It’s the end of an era in the NBA. The Stan van Gundy commentating era, that is, as news emerged on Wednesday that the former Heat, Magic, and Pistons head coach would be taking charge of the New Orleans Pelicans effective immediately. Van Gundy is viewed as a wise choice by many around the game due to the fact that the Pelicans have a very young but promising team, led by Zion Williamson, and that he has been a proven teacher of the game.
He’s also got a penchant for promoting tough, hard-nosed defensive play, with his teams finishing inside the top half of the defensive statistics in ten out of his 11 seasons holding the clipboard. The deal is said to be set to run for four years, and he will hope to improve a team that failed to keep the eight seed when the NBA restarted play in the Orlando ‘bubble’ back in August.