May 2, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy reacts after a turnover by his team during the fourth quarter of game three in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. Indiana defeated Orlando, 97-74. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Stan Van Gundy unlikely to return next season


Stan Van Gundy was known as one of the best coaches in the NBA during his tenure with the Orlando Magic. He surrounded center Dwight Howard with shooters, playing 4-out/1-in and encouraging his team to ignore long two-point jumpers and look for close rang shots and three-pointers, a more efficient style of play.

Unfortunately for Van Gundy, when things blew up in Orlando with Howard, he was a casualty.

Many pundits have agreed that Van Gundy would have made a nice fit with the Los Angeles Clippers before they hired Doc Rivers and could be a replacement for Mark Jackson if things don’t improve for the Golden State Warriors.

It seems obvious Van Gundy would be a clear upgrade from many of the league’s coaches.

However, Van Gundy has resisted all temptation thus far.

Van Gundy appears to be enjoying his family time too much for a return.


As a coach with both the Magic and Miami Heat, Van Gundy is 371-208 and 48-39 in the playoffs.

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