Stan Van Gundy soon might receive a phone call from the Milwaukee Bucks regarding the Bucks' head-coaching vacancy. The Bucks announced that interim head coach Jim Boylan won’t be offered a new contract, and Yahoo! Sports is reporting that Van Gundy “has emerged as the franchise’s top target.” Van Gundy wouldn’t comment when the Orlando Sentinel contacted him Gundy this afternoon. Since the Magic dismissed him, he’s generally remained tight-lipped when NBA coaching jobs have opened. But I think — and this is my guess only — it would be difficult for the Bucks to lure him away from Florida’s warm weather. Van Gundy spent three seasons coaching at the University of Wisconsin, the first two as an assistant coach to Stu Jackson and the 1994-95 season as the Badgers’ head coach. After so many years living in Florida, returning to Milwaukee and its cold weather would present a dramatic change. On Dec. 4, 2010, prior to a Magic road game against the Bucks, I asked Van Gundy whether returning to Wisconsin brought back fond memories. “As soon as I walk outside, no,” Van Gundy said, a smile on his face. “I want to get back to Florida. When I’m inside, yeah. Look, I enjoyed my years here, and there’s a lot of good people here and everything else. . . . I laugh about it, but I don’t miss the weather. I don’t miss the weather at all.” There are perhaps many elements about the Bucks that Van Gundy would respect.
Milwaukee Bucks could be interested in hiring Stan Van Gundy
Orlando Sentinel | May 2