Marcin Gortat praises Stan Van Gundy amid rumblings of former coach’s possible retirement
There is uncertainty surrounding the future of Stan Van Gundy as head coach in the NBA. He still has no team yet and retirement looms in the horizon.
Stan admits he is lost right now and his family wants him to step away for good. If SVG decides to call it quits, one of his former players in Marcin Gortat has nothing but praise for him. Van Gundy coached the Polish center back in their Orlando Magic days.
Stan Van Gundy! My man! Very sad to see a great coach stepping down.He change culture in every team he coached.Things I will never forget.. True leader,incredible mind,long shoot arounds and knee pads during practices :)))love it 😂😂😂😂 and this one play “thumb down spread”👌!
— Marcin Gortat🇵🇱 (@MGortat) August 12, 2018
Van Gundy is known as a big man coach. Under his tutelage, the careers of Dwight Howard, Marcin Gortat, and Andre Drummond took off. It makes sense for Gortat to wax nostalgic at the thought of his former coach stepping down from coaching jobs.
Stan, who is the older brother of Jeff, a former head coach of New York Knicks and currently works as TV analyst, has started his career as assistant coach of the Heat for eight years before being promoted as head coach from 2003 to 2006. He then handled Magic and the Pistons which he coached until last season. SVG led the Magic its Eastern Conference title in 2009.
In his career, he has been given the Eastern Conference Coach of the Month six times. Stan Van Gundy was hired as head coach and president of basketball operations by the Pistons in 2014 but he was fired from his position last May. Overall, Van Gundy owns a 523-384 win-loss record as head coach for over a decade. His 0.577 career winning percentage is good for 8th place among active coaches.