After just one season, Stan Van Gundy is ‘out’ as New Orleans Pelicans head coach, per Adrian Wojnarowski.
The Pelicans have majorly underperformed with the players they have, finishing in the 11th seed and two games outside the play-in spots.
The most likely reason why Van Gundy is finally gone, is the style of play he used and the gameplan in his time in New Orleans.
He played very defensive, and some even called it “eye-bleeding” basketball, which isn’t always a bad thing; however, when you have players like Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and Lonzo Ball, you are massively underperforming by not even finishing in a play-in spot.
What’s next for the Pelicans?
According to WOJ, here is what the Pelicans are looking to do:
“In search for a replacement, Pelicans are expected to circle back among some candidates from a year ago, including assistants Jacque Vaughn and Ime Udoka (Brooklyn), Charles Lee (Milwaukee), and Jason Kidd (Lakers), sources tell ESPN.” – @Wojespn on Twitter
There are several potential suitors for the Pelican’s job. It will be a very sought-after job, with the Pelicans having another lottery pick in this year’s NBA Draft and having a substantial roster.
However, the main pull factor will be getting the chance to coach the player, who some people think is the greatest prospect in recent years, Zion Williamson. If the new coach can coach Zion right, the Pelicans are surely destined for glory.
No matter who the next coach is for the Pelicans, things are changing in New Orleans, and Pelicans fans have every right to be excited.