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FanPost: the Return of Stan Van Gundy?

Stan Van Gundy led Orlando to the NBA Finals, but would he be welcomed back on the Magic bench as an assistant to Steve Clifford?

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Every now and then, we will highlight and promote some of the more creative FanPosts from the site. The following post was originally made by Ramore on August 12.

Recently, there was an article over at ESPN about Stan Van Gundy feeling lost without coaching and considering retirement. My question for the OPP community is “would Steve Clifford welcome him back to Orlando?”

Clifford and Van Gundy have worked together in the past, including throughout Van Gundy’s entire tenure as Orlando’s head coach (2007-2012). Answer the poll and discuss below:


Would you like Stan the Man back as an assistant coach for the Magic?

This poll is closed

  • 79%
    Sure! He’s a winning coach who will hold players accountable.
    (283 votes)
  • 20%
    No Way! He will try to interfere too much and be a distraction.
    (73 votes)
356 votes total Vote Now

On the original FanPost, user whitemencanjump offered this interesting analysis:

So, what do you guys think? Would Van Gundy, a known mentor to Clifford, be a welcomed voice, or a distraction and potential usurper?

What other role could Van Gundy potentially serve with Orlando that could make use of his proven basketball mind?