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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson (1) dunks the ball against the Portland Trail Blazers in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza)

The New Orleans Pelicans journey to find a coach ended with the hiring of Stan Van Gundy. He plans to take a mediocre New Orleans team to the next level. 

Van Gundy’s 11-year coaching career will bring some much needed experience to a young Pelicans squad. He boasts a 523-384 record over his coaching career.

Just like the Pelicans, Van Gundy has never hoisted the NBA title over his head. Some may look at the lack of championships as a bad thing, but do not fret, in this case it could be beneficial. 

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Van Gundy is a hard-nose coach who knows what it takes to win games. He is a motivator, leader and defensive mastermind. The Pelicans lacked defensive discipline last season, drawing countless fouls and turnovers on offense. Discipline will be the name of the game for the Pelicans this season.

The Pelicans have the most talented young group in the league. Many did not expect much from them this past season, but it still was upsetting to see them fall just short of the playoffs. After a year of building chemistry, nothing less than a playoff run should be acceptable.

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When an organization puts together a great coach and a group of players who have a desire to win, that is a recipe for greatness. Van Gundy has had an illustrious coaching tenure, but without a championship to his name, his career still leaves much to be desired.

Hunger will take the Pelicans to the next level this season. Van Gundy is ready to prove that he is deserving enough to go down as a hall of fame coach, while the Pelicans team is ready to no longer be walked over. Do not be surprised when this organization is representing the Western Conference in the NBA Finals.

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Broadcast Journalism Major from New Orleans, Louisiana. LSU student, Sophomore

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