It's about time: Stan Van Gundy is returning to coaching
Ever since he was essentially forced out of Orlando by Dwight Howard back in 2012, Stan Van Gundy has been itching to get back on an NBA bench as a head coach.
He's getting his chance now, after being hired by the Detroit Pistons as their new head coach and president of basketball operations. According to ESPN, his contract is for 5 years and $35 million.
Van Gundy will not only be coaching the Pistons on the court, but he'll have control over personnel moves as well. This was a deciding factor in Van Gundy choosing the Pistons over the Warriors, who were also making a strong push to sign him to replace recently fired head coach Mark Jackson.
In nearly 5 full seasons with the Orlando Magic, Van Gundy's record as a head coach was 259-135 in Orlando, after going 102-73 in 2+ seasons with the Heat. Van Gundy was let go from the Heat only 21 games into their eventual championship-winning season in 2005-06.
He led the Magic to an NBA Finals appearance in 2008-09, and has never coached a team to a losing record.
SVG doesn't have any experience yet on the personnel side, so there's no telling how successful he'll be in his front office role, but there's no questioning that he's a passionate and successful head coach and should be able to help out a lot in the tumultuous situation in Detroit.
At the very least, the Pistons now have someone who can be the face of their franchise and a lightning rod for criticism if and when things go wrong at some point. At the most, they might have one of the best coaches in basketball.