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Reports: Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy out after one season

Field Level Media
17 Jun 2021, 01:55 GMT+10

Stan Van Gundy is out after one season as head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, multiple media outlets reported Wednesday.

Van Gundy, 61, joins Nate Bjorkgren (Indiana Pacers) as coaches who parted ways with their teams after being hired prior to the 2020-21 season.

Per The Athletic, Pelicans assistant Teresa Weatherspoon is a "serious candidate" to be the next head coach. Weatherspoon, a former WNBA star and later the women's head coach at her alma mater, Louisiana Tech, was named an assistant coach with the Pelicans in November.

With Van Gundy's departure, former top overall pick Zion Williamson will be looking at his third different head coach in as many seasons in 2021-22.

The Pelicans did not qualify for the playoffs after posting a 31-41 record under Van Gundy in 2020-21. They won four of their first six games to start the season before failing to climb over .500 for the remainder of the campaign.

Van Gundy assumed the head coaching position two months after the team fired Alvin Gentry in August. The Pelicans had a 30-42 record under Gentry in 2019-20.

Van Gundy has 13 years of experience as a head coach, including three years in Miami, five in Orlando and four in Detroit. His most successful run came with the Magic, whom he led to a 259-135 mark from 2007-12 while guiding the team to the playoffs each season. The 2008-09 Magic advanced to the NBA Finals.

Overall, Van Gundy is 554-425 in his career with eight playoff appearances in his 13 seasons.

--Field Level Media

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