Get ready, Motown, 'cause here he comes.
Stan Van Gundy, that is. According to ESPN.com's Marc Stein, the Detroit Pistons have hired Van Gundy as their next head coach and president of basketball operations. Van Gundy's five-year deal is reportedly worth $35 million.
The team has since officially confirmed the hire. In the team's release, Van Gundy said the following about his decision to come to Detroit:
It is an honor to be chosen to help Tom Gores build the Pistons into a team that competes for championships. Tom’s vision of building for the future, while seeking immediate improvement is a challenge that I embrace. We will work to put a team on the floor that reflects the franchise’s rich tradition and embodies the toughness and work ethic of fans in the Detroit area.
The move back into the NBA ranks would seem a slam dunk for the elder of the Coaching Van Gundy Brothers. He'd not only return to the league as one of the highest-paid coaches in basketball but do so with far more organizational control than he ever had during his previous stints with the Miami Heat and Orlando Magic.
If ever Van Gundy were to step back into the game in an official capacity, this would be the time, the place and the circumstances for it.
But assuming he doesn't jump for the Golden State Warriors job instead, is Stan Van the right man to lead the Pistons out of their half-decade malaise and restore them to their former glory? Would hanging over the keys to Van Gundy in such a complete capacity really be in the best interest of Pistons owner Tom Gores and the entire organization?
Let's attempt to answer those questions and more by looking at the pros and cons of SVG's new union with the Pistons.