It caused Eastwood discomfort and left him constantly pawing his eyes, with constant teariness. It was to give us enough time to really analyze our team and get a feel for who we felt like we really were and to do that without the sting of what happened in the bubble sort of resonating daily with us. Because we look at this team as just now scratching the surface of what we hope is a long, sustainable run, coach Van Gundy was obviously the selection for us because, in addition to giving us the best chance to win in the short term, we feel he gives us the best chance to build a sustainable winner in the long term. It's OK to disagree with someone's ideas, but personal attacks, insults, threats, hate speech, advocating violence and other violations can result in a ban. No portion of NBA.com may be duplicated, redistributed or manipulated in any form. “Stan’s basketball acumen and record of accomplishment are a tremendous fit for this team right now. He’s been very successful that way so you now you have to figure out what you want to do. They’ve grown to like the area, although they plan to move back to Florida, where they maintain a home in the Orlando area, before the temperatures start to drop. (Photo: Courtesy of Detroit Pistons, Courtesy of Detroit Pistons). Jeff Van Gundy has simple advice for his brother: Change is OK. “See if there’s something that fulfills you,” Jeff Van Gundy said. The couple decided to remain in Michigan for the summer. The Van Gundys' youngest daughter, Kelly, became aware of the event, but the family forgot and assumed they missed out on finding a replacement. You will need to register before adding a comment. Leave it to The Free Press, which checked in on the Labrador retriever mix late last month. If the New Orleans Pelicans decide to run it back with mostly the same core, replacing any departing free agents with similar styled players, the team has the offense to run anyone off the court. It’s time to play and compete so I don’t want to use (youth) as an excuse...As far as coaching, there is a lot of teaching to do to bring these guys along. This is the seventh dog that the Van Gundys have adopted through the years. Her husband was a starting guard at Alhambra High School in Martinez, California. You want to see if you can do it better.”. And Van Gundy could have led the charge. In his second season with the Ministers, he was elevated to aide mentor under Gordon Chiesa. Finally, I wanted to acknowledge the hard work that David, Trajan, Swin, and our entire front office put into the interview process. He prowls the sidelines, quick to anger over player mistakes. Injuries to point guard Reggie Jackson in consecutive seasons wrecked potential playoff runs. I respect him greatly. I stayed home with the kids, so they’d have a parent raising them. More importantly to us, it is a coach that is a teacher and a very sincere, authentic human being who is going to build long-lasting relationships with our team. “We are delighted to welcome Stan, his wife Kim and their family to the New Orleans Pelicans,” said Griffin. But he was a model of good behavior and he was in great health. “It was emotional because Stan’s a good man. Follow Vince Ellis on Twitter @vincent_ellis56. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Gayle Benson made a statement in joining New Orleans Pelicans’ Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin in the introductory press conference for new head Stan Van Gundy. I mean, number one, we've all had a lot of time. But with good health and an open Eastern Conference postseason picture with LeBron James leaving the Cavs for the Los Angeles Lakers, the Pistons could make a jump to the playoffs this season. Although he has found purpose analyzing basketball, he still feels the tug. For that reason, Trajan and I are honored to introduce you to our next head coach of the New Orleans Pelican, Mr. Stan Van Gundy.”. If you make a request through Her husband is currently serving as the head coach of the NBA team, New Orleans Pelicans. Stan Van Gundy plays catch with Eastwood. The couple has a long history of adopting rescue pets in their 30-plus years together. He “cannot wait to get back on the court and to build a tough, disciplined team that truly Won’t Bow Down” as the team’s motto declares. “There are a lot of unknowns as to his prior history, so we started him on a combination of medications to help him improve that impulse control.”.