May 5, 2012; Orlando, FL, USA; Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy argues a call during the second quarter of game four in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the Amway Center. Mandatory Credit: Douglas Jones-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks Coaching Carousel: Stan Van Gundy Declines Comeback in 2013-14

The stout mustachioed one will not be sitting on the bench in Philips Arena next season.

Stan Van Gundy has decided against coaching in the NBA for the 2013-14 campaign. He spent last season away from the Association and will do the same for the foreseeable future. He even admitted that “there’s a possibility he’ll never coach again”.

The rest of SVG’s quotes are equally jarring:

“We love where we’re living and quite honestly it would be hard for us to leave Central Florida. … As much as I would like to be back in coaching, we’re all real happy here. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but for right now we’ve decided not to pursue anything. […] It is possible [that I never coach again] and that scares me. Coaching is all I’ve ever done and all I know.”

Van Gundy’s NBA resume includes two stops as head coach in Miami and Orlando, where he made the playoffs in all eight seasons from 2003-2012, including a championship in Miami (after he was removed from his position for Pat Riley in 2006), and a championship appearance with Orlando in 2009.

He has had incredible success throughout his entire coaching career posting an astounding 64.1% (371-208) winning percentage.

This leaves Nate McMillan and Mike Budenholzer as the only two head coaching candidates the Hawks have interviewed so far, excluding Van Gundy. Like SVG, McMillan has had an amount of success as a head coach in his career, whereas Budenholzer has been an assistant of Gregg Popovich in San Antonio for almost two decades.

Larry Drew is still technically under contract with Atlanta until June 30, but both sides seem to be moving in different directions for next season. Drew has already interviewed with the Milwaukee Bucks and told the media it “went well.” He also reportedly has a lot of interest in the Philadelphia 76ers head coaching position.

Drew himself said he “didn’t like the odds” of him being retained in Atlanta.

It certainly seems we’ll see a new face leading the Hawks next season. However, no one has a clue who it will be, possibly not even Danny Ferry.

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