Yeah, not splashy but he seems to be respected by a lot of his former players was a pretty successful coach in Miami and Orlando.I'm in. We could do a lot worse
I was on board with Atkinson (out of the names rumored to be under consideration) and then was in the SVG camp when his name dropped.I like the choice. A lot. When I first his name in the mix, he became my top choice. When he isn’t trying to handle scouting and GM and personnel, and he’s primarily coaching, he’s excellent.
He will be great for the younger players and he works best when there’s a good organization behind him and I think NO provides that.
this is a hiring I am legitimately excited about.
He was D. Wade's coach for his first 2 1/4 seasons (the Heat then won the championship during the season that Riley decided to replace SVG with himself) and made the Magic led by a young Dwight Howard and young current Pelican J.J. Redick into a really good team.So is this guy more of a offense or defense guy?
And how is he at developing younger players? It seems to me as a small market team, it's going to have to be all about playing money ball, drafting well, and developing players in order for this team to get good.
In 2007, Van Gundy took over as coach of the Orlando Magic. Dwight Howard, 22 at the time, was on that roster. So were Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis, a pair of versatile forwards, Jameer Nelson, a smart, steady hand at point guard, and JJ Redick, who was coming off his rookie year.
Redick, who’s now 14th all-time in 3-pointers made, was still fighting for consistent minutes at that point his career. Under Van Gundy’s watch, he developed into a key rotation piece, while the Magic were able to make multiple deep playoff runs.
Redick has credited Van Gundy with helping him learn the fundamentals of team defense, and, more broadly, learning what it took to be successful at basketball’s highest level.
"Professionalism,” Redick said. “Accountability. Playing hard — the same way every game. Not taking any nights off. Because he lives that.”
"I don’t know that I’ve ever been around any coach, and I’ve played for great coaches and play for a great coach right now, but I don’t know if I’ve ever been around any coach who holds himself so accountable,” Redick said on his then-podcast, The Chronicles of Redick, in 2016.
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