Former coach Stan Van Gundy is contemplating retirement after failing to land a coaching job following his dismissal from the Detroit Pistons at the end of last season.
“If I could get a job [for next season], I had planned to coach,” Van Gundy said in an interview with the Real Talk Basketball with Rex Walters podcast published Friday. “Now, I really don’t know. I’m really lost right now. I don’t have an idea. My wife wants me to retire.”
In the interview, Van Gundy, 58, said he would be open to working in media or teaching at the college level.
“I want to do something, but if I’m not coaching, I don’t want to work too hard,” Van Gundy said. “If I’m going to be grinding, then I want to coach. If I’m not going to be coaching, I want to be semi-retired, at least. I really don’t know.”
The Pistons fired Van Gundy in May following a 39-43 season. In four seasons serving as head coach and president of basketball operations, Van Gundy guided the Pistons to one winning season, amassing a 152-176 overall record and getting swept in his only playoff appearance.
Van Gundy, who has also coached the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic, has a career record of 523-384. His head coaching career began in the 2003-04 season and includes a 2009 NBA Finals appearance with the Magic.
—Field Level Media