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Years Experience: Eight
Head Coaching Record: 579-371
Yeah, I'm going here.
If the Cavaliers are to pursue a big-name head coach, it should be Stan Van Gundy. Not Phil Jackson. Or Jerry Sloan. Or even his brother, Jeff. Stan.
Per Jason Lloyd of the Akron Beacon Journal, Van Gundy is expected to emerge as a candidate, and it's not hard to see why.
Van Gundy isn't afraid to get his hands dirty (re: the Dwightmare), which makes him an option for rebuilding teams like Cleveland.
Stan has an NBA championship and two Eastern Conference titles under his belt, and working with superstars isn't a foreign concept to him. Most notably, he's spent time managing both Dwyane Wade and Dwight Howard. Things didn't end well with Dwight, but the two are apparently still on good terms.
A hard-nosed, but fair coach like Van Gundy would also suit the budding Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters. He would do wonders for their shot selection. I firmly believe Irving would become even more dangerous a shooter and point guard in general under his tutelage.
Not enough is made of what Van Gundy did for Jameer Nelson. Just imagine what he could do with a tactical sponge like Kyrie.
Is anyone else intrigued to see what kind of work he could do with Tristan Thompson and even Tyler Zeller? Thompson is only beginning to realize his low-post potential and Zeller has bordered on unwatchable.
Van Gundy could help them hone their footwork, touch around the rim and offensive game in general, much like he did with Howard. Even Anderson Varejao is likely to benefit from his colorful coaching.
Looking ahead to the summer of 2014, I'm of the mind that Van Gundy would be anything but a deterrence to prospective signees. He would only help. Like keep-the-dream-of-bringing-LeBron-James-back-home help.
What I'm trying to say is that he deserves a look. And then a contract.