Stan Van Gundy says he, David Griffin had different priorities with Pelicans

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Stan Van Gundy’s post-firing media tour continued on Tuesday with a stop on Dan LeBatard’s show. After appearing on the “STUpodity” podcast last week to discuss his departure from the Pelicans as head coach, Van Gundy joined the LeBatard show to further talk about the subject.

For the second time in as many interviews, Van Gundy vocalized that his time with and departure from the Pelicans was not harmonious. After indicating his firing was not a mutual decision last week, Van Gundy elaborated on some of the differences between him and Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations David Griffin.

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Any fired coach would have some bitterness or not entirely pleasant parting thoughts of his employer. However, Van Gundy is not alone in his complaints about the front office and the communication with Griffin.

After being dealt midseason to the Mavericks, J.J. Redick voiced his displeasure with how the front office treated him and the broken promises that came from Griffin.

Pair Van Gundy’s comments with Redick’s and the reported unhappiness of Zion Williamson, and the pressure on New Orleans’ front office is quickly rising.


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