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Pelicans Hire Stan Van Gundy As New Head Coach

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  • Pelicans Hire Stan Van Gundy As New Head Coach

    Stan Van Gundy has agreed to a become the next head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans.

    Van Gundy, the former Miami Heat, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons head coach, becomes the seventh coach in Pelicans franchise history.

    His teams also have always stood out on the defensive end. In the 11 seasons he finished as a head coach, Van Gundy's teams were in the top half in the NBA in defensive rating 10 times -- including his last three seasons in Detroit. His teams finished top 10 in defensive rating eight of those seasons.

    His four seasons in Detroit included a dual title as president and coach, and personnel decisions -- particularly in the NBA draft -- played a role in limiting the team's success. Still he did elevate the Pistons out of several years in the lottery to the playoffs in 2016 with 44 victories.

    Van Gundy, 61, has a 523-384 (.577) regular-season record and 48-43 (.527) playoff record in the NBA. He led the Magic to the 2009 NBA Finals.