NBA Rumors: Why Stan Van Gundy Should Return to Coaching Immediately

Matt Shetler@@buccos12Correspondent IMay 30, 2012

DENVER, CO - APRIL 22:  Head coach Stan Van Gundy leads the Orlando Magic against the Denver Nuggets at Pepsi Center on April 22, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. The Nuggets defeated the Magic 101-74. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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According to a story written by Mitch Lawrence for the New York Daily News, former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy is looking to take a year off before returning to coaching.

While it's definitely his prerogative to take his time, Van Gundy instead should opt to return to the sidelines immediately.

The way Van Gundy was run out of Orlando was wrong, but that's the way it is. Yet he doesn't want to be that guy that was run away by Dwight Howard. Getting back to coaching immediately will give people less to talk about concerning his departure from Orlando.

Van Gundy is the best coach the Orlando franchise has ever had and getting right back on the saddle can prove a point that the Magic made the wrong move by letting him go.

He's a guy that has never had a losing season in eight NBA seasons, putting together a career .641 winning percentage. Van Gundy is a talented coach who shouldn't have to search for a job for too long.

With Orlando, he never missed the playoffs and took the Magic to the NBA Finals in 2009.

Howard will likely be leaving town with three Defensive Player of the Year awards and five All-NBA First Team selections.

Those all came under Van Gundy. Before he arrived, Howard never had a winning record and never won a playoff game, as Van Gundy's brother Jeff was quick to point out to the Orlando Sentinel.

Quite frankly, Van Gundy is a very good NBA coach and Howard shouldn't be the reason he's out of the business.

While I know taking a rebuilding project such as the Charlotte Bobcats isn't an attractive option, there are other options out there for Van Gundy.

At the end of the day, if Van Gundy doesn't coach in the NBA next season, he is that guy that was run out of town by Howard.

But if he gets up and gets right back into the game, he will at least have the opportunity to show the Magic and Howard that they made a big mistake.