Stan Van Gundy is still the coach of the Miami Heat, and that apparently won’t change anytime soon.
Van Gundy said that he and team president Pat Riley met for 3 1/2 hours on Sunday, during which Van Gundy was assured that “I will be coaching the Miami Heat this coming season.”
But Van Gundy acknowledged on a call with Heat beat writers Monday that he was a bit unsettled by rumors suggesting Riley – who coached in the NBA for 21 seasons, including from 1995-2003 with Miami – wanted his old job back and was ready to push his former top assistant aside.
“I feel much more confident in the situation,” Van Gundy said. “It was a good meeting; we discussed a lot of things. I feel more confident in my job and where he is coming from. A lot of things were cleared up. From my standpoint, it was a good meeting and I’m certainly in a much better frame of mind.”
Riley said Saturday that he “would quit my job before I would dismiss Stan Van Gundy as the head coach simply because I wanted to coach,” and again lauded the work his former top assistant has done.
Van Gundy, who took the job two years ago after Riley’s sudden and unexpected resignation, is 101-63 in two regular seasons. He took the Heat to the Eastern Conference semifinals in 2003-04, then guided Miami to within one win of the NBA Finals this past season – the best showing in franchise history.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Subscribe to the sports newsletter
Get the day’s top sports headlines and breaking news delivered to your inbox by subscribing here.