Stan Van Gundy is struggling with post-Pistons' life after being fired.
"I’m as lost as I’ve been. Every other time, I’ve known — or had a pretty good idea — that I was still going to try to coach,” Van Gundy told former assistant coach Rex Walters on the “Real Talk Basketball” podcast, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports. “The last time I was out after Orlando, I did some college games on TV and some radio stuff.”
When booted this year, he had one year left on his five-year deal worth $35 million. With one year left on his contract, Van Gundy can sit at home and not have to coach. But for a coaching lifer, it’s hard to get away from that.
“I had planned to coach. Now, I really don’t know. I’m really lost right now — I don’t have an idea. My wife wants me to retire,” Van Gundy said. “I have people looking into some media things and I’m looking into some teaching opportunities in college, sports management programs and things like that.”
“I want to do something, but if I’m not coaching, I don’t want to work too hard,” Van Gundy said. “If I’m going to be grinding, then I want to coach; if I’m not going to be coaching, I want to be semi-retired, at least. I really don’t know" what to do.