Gilbert Arenas worked with Stan Van Gundy during his stint in Orlando, with “Agent Zero” describing what it was like to be a player under the New Orleans Pelicans’ new head coach.
(via Larry Brown Sports):
“I’m watching how Stan interacts with the guys. Laughing, joking — he’s a nice guy. They had a ticker counting down before practice starts. He’s with the guys, laughing, joking, talking about golf swings. He’s working on his moves. When it hit zero, oh my god, that man turned,” Arenas remembered during interview on his “The No Chill Podcast” with basketball coach Howie Levine.
He then continued with the one problem he faced with Van Gundy as a coach, the inability to be a “people’s person” and talk about something outside of basketball.
“Stan’s only problem as a coach was he wasn’t a people’s person. He was a basketball player that understood basketball people. Outside of the gym, there’s no personality,” Arenas claimed.
The three-time NBA All-Star stayed in Orlando for one season, before got waived. He was way passed his prime, after injuries set back his career during his last season with the Washington Wizards.
Van Gundy agreed to terms to take over the New Orleans Pelicans, with the veteran returning to a coaching position after two years.