Former Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy lands new job with New Orleans Pelicans

Omari Sankofa II, Detroit Free Press
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More than two years after stepping down as the Detroit Pistons' head coach and president of basketball operations, Stan Van Gundy is back in the NBA.

The New Orleans Pelicans have hired Van Gundy as their new head coach, according to ESPN reporter Adrian Wojnarowski. The hire comes two months after the Pelicans fired previous head coach Alvin Gentry in August.

Van Gundy was with the Pistons from 2014 until May 2018. His tenure was mixed, as he went 152-176 overall through four seasons and led the franchise to its first playoff appearance in seven years in 2016.

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He previously said the Pistons would be his final coaching stop, but later changed course. Van Gundy worked on ESPN's NBA broadcast as a color commentator and built a large Twitter following.

Van Gundy, 61, will coach a roster centered around Zion Williamson, the first pick of the 2019 draft.

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