Stan Van Gundy On Pelicans Split: David Griffin Concerned With Players’ Happiness

Former Pelicans coach Stan Van Gundy admitted that he and head of basketball operations David Griffin weren’t always on the same page, leading to Van Gundy’s dismissal after just one season.Stan Van Gundy

“I felt that the focus should be on what went on, on the court,” Van Gundy said on The Dan Le Batard Show with Stugotz. “What was good. What was bad. All of that. I think Griff was concerned with the atmosphere around the team and the happiness of people and things like that.

“I think that was probably the biggest difference. If I would’ve gone into a meeting and somebody were to say, ‘Hey, you were 31-41, and that’s not good enough,’ I have no problem with that. That’s what we sign up for in this business. Regardless of circumstances, that’s what we sign up for in this business. But that’s not what it came down to or what I heard.”

Griffin is continuing his search for Van Gundy’s replacement, with Suns assistant Willie Green, Bucks assistant Charles Lee and Pelicans assistant Fred Vinson said to be in the running.

Van Gundy reportedly didn’t always see eye-to-eye with some of the team’s stars, resulting in some reported tension involving small forward Brandon Ingram.

“To me, it’s about how players perform and everything else,” Van Gundy said. “It’d be great if everybody loved everything going on, but it’s not something I would worry about too much. But I’m different maybe than they were and everything else.”

He wet on to admit that the split was probably necessary.

“It will be better for everybody,” Van Gundy said. “You certainly need alignment between your coach and your front office. It’ll be better for everybody, I think. My wife and I will move on with our life and be very, very happy.”

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