Stan Van Gundy recently addressed the notion that any New Orleans Pelicans player was in charge of his departure last month after a single season at the helm.
The 61-year-old directly addressed rumors that Zion Williamson did not want him to be the head of the franchise and said on the “STUpodità“podcast:
“The front offices and the owners make decisions and they are the ones who decide to dismiss the people, and this should never, ever, ever be put on the players. They are, regardless of what has happened in this regard, the. murder without coach of Zion.
“He’s a guy who will help you win a lot of games. He plays the game the right way … I’m happy with what we did with Zion. I think we helped him. How anyone else would feel about it would be up to them.” .
After Van Gundy left, it was reported that Williams and his family members were unhappy with the Pelicans and Van Gundy. Williamson’s family would have been considered the bank boss “too rigid and demanding.”
Van Gundy says he was never made aware of those alleged frustrations, saying, “If they were unhappy, I wouldn’t have heard them talk.”
He added: “Zion was happy with us that we didn’t win any more games. But Zion never said anything to me. That doesn’t mean he wasn’t happy. I don’t know. It’s possible that they were unhappy with me. , and it was part of what led to the change. ”
Van Gundy replaced Alvin Gentry as Pelicans coach in October. He led New Orleans to a 31-41 record, resulting in the team missing the playoffs for the third consecutive season.
Williamson is expected to participate in the coaching search, with the franchise now seeking its third head coach in three seasons. Milwaukee Bucks assistant Charles Lee and Pelicans assistants Teresa Weatherspoon and Fred Vinson are considered candidates for the vacancy.