Van Gundy becomes Magic's top option -
Van Gundy compiled a 112-73 record, taking the Heat to their first playoff appearance in three years in his first full season -- one year before Shaquille O'Neal arrived.
In his second season -- O'Neal's first -- they won 57 games and reached the Eastern Conference finals. An injury to Dwyane Wade and to O'Neal likely cost them a chance at the NBA title that season. He resigned early in the third year and Riley took the Heat to a championship.
Although Van Gundy is known as a defensive stickler, his first team in Miami -- without O'Neal -- raised its scoring average to 90 points, five more than it did under Riley. With O'Neal, the Heat jumped another 10 points per game, finished fourth in the league in scoring, under Van Gundy.
According to one person in the Heat organization, the young players in Miami particularly liked playing for Van Gundy, who is known for his personable self-effacing style. He also is known as more flexible than his brother Jeff, an earlier Riley disciple who reached the NBA Finals in New York.