Posted May 10, 2013

Report: Atlanta Hawks targeting Stan Van Gundy as next head coach

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Stan Van Gundy may be the next head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)

Stan Van Gundy may be the next head coach of the Atlanta Hawks. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/MCT via Getty Images)

The Atlanta Hawks are seeking to make Stan Van Gundy their next head coach, Yahoo! expert Adrian Wojnarowski reports. According to the report, Hawks general manager Danny Ferry wants Van Gundy to be the successor to Larry Drew in Atlanta. Drew’s contract with the team expires on June 30.

There has reportedly been contact between Ferry and Van Gundy but the two have yet to meet in person about the position.

The Hawks hope that Van Gundy could be used as a lure to bring free-agent Dwight Howard to Atlanta despite the two clashing in Orlando which eventually led to Van Gundy being fired after the 2011-2012 season. Howard was traded to the Lakers in the same offseason.

In eight seasons coaching both the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, Van Gundy boasts a .641 winning percentage in the regular season with a 371-208 record. Van Gundy took the Orlando Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009 and appeared in the conference finals with the Heat.

 


8 comments
PaulKelly
PaulKelly

Stan is one of the best coaches in the NBA, maybe top five material, he needs to work with a franchise that supports the coach completely. Dwight is a child, no one knows this better than Stan. He literally had people babysit Dwight every minute of the day in Orlando. Maybe it would work again but it puts a strain on the overall team dynamic. Atlanta already has a couple of diva's so it may not go over so well there. This team even without Dwight but with Stan coaching is a strong, dangerous team. Who ever said to bring Hedo however must be an Orlando fan hoping for a miracle to get him out of town. He's been washed up for four years the magic play him only because his contact is such a mess.

opaque
opaque

Perhaps his disappointing season in L.A. has changed some things for Howard, but on its surface an attempt by the Hawks to hire Van Gundy ostensibly to help convince Howard to reuinte with a coach he often clashed with in a hometown scenario he's previously said didn't particularly appeal to him seems ill-conceived to say the least and perhaps even a bit desperate on the Hawks part.  Good luck to them as time will tell, but this almost seems like the kind of thing some Hawks season-ticket holder would try and bring to fruition if they were anointed GM for a week, thoroughly convinced of its brilliance.  Van Gundy alone would at least represent an upgrade over Larry Drew, but if this speculation is indeed also about acquiring Dwight Howard it's likely to end in failure. 

gwilliamireland
gwilliamireland

Regardless of the spat between Stan and Dwight, they still had a close (father/son) relationship.  Stan is a taskmaster that demands good fundementals first and good defense second.  Horford and company would be lucky to get him.  Don't think for a minute tho' that Howard ends up in Atlanta.

BarisEmre
BarisEmre

If van Gundy can bring Hedo turkoglu and Dwight Howard it will be a good transfer

kdw3
kdw3

I personally would like to have the other Van Gundy coaching, but anything is better than what we currently have on the bench. Mike Woodson should not have been fired/released.

PWINGS
PWINGS like.author.displayName 1 Like

"The Hawks hope that Van Gundy could be used as a lure to bring free-agent Dwight Howard to Atlanta despite the two clashing in Orlando which eventually led to Van Gundy being fired after the 2011-2012 season."

 

Huh? Isn't this like getting back together with your ex after she just cleaned you out? Dumb idea for the Hawks to propose. Dumber idea for Van Gundy to accept. Exactly who wins in this scenario?

BryanCustard
BryanCustard

 @PWINGS everybody knows he aint coming to here (atl) so hiring a proven coach instead of pandering to player who will never come here is pretty sound thinking in my opinion