Former Heat and Magic coach Stan Van Gundy is highly unlikely to return to the sidelines next season, barring an overwhelming opportunity, as he tells Steve Kyler of Basketball Insiders (All Twitter links). The 54-year-old still has interest in coaching, but he says he’s promised his family that they’ll have a say in his decision, and he doesn’t want to move with two children in high school.
Van Gundy has been linked to the Knicks this year, and said this past offseason that four teams had contacted him about their vacancies. In that same interview, he acknowledged that it’s possible that he’ll never coach again, a sentiment he also expressed in May. Van Gundy last coached in 2011/12 with the Magic, who let him go amid what appeared to be a broken relationship with Dwight Howard. The two have since reconciled and become close.
His teams made the playoffs in each of the seven full seasons he coached. The only time he didn’t take a team to the postseason was in 2005/06 with the Heat, when Pat Riley stepped in for him 21 games into the season. That team went on to win the championship. Van Gundy never guided a club to the Larry O’Brien Trophy, but he made a trip to the Finals with the Magic in 2009. He has a 371-208 record overall.
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