Van Gundy was loud and profound and more fun than the circus. He was excitable, easily exasperated and coached as if his hair was on fire. He didn't hold back in his biting critiques, telling his players, his superstar and David Stern just what he thought, sometimes to his detriment, especially at the end.
The Magic couldn't have found a more polar opposite choice than Jacque.
Above all, Stan was a heck of a coach.
Maybe Jacque will be too, if, or when, he gets some horses. His talent might not get here until 2015-16.
He didn't arrive with Stan's experience; he was hired as the league's youngest head coach at 37. He didn't have a superstar at his disposal.
Jacque has helped change a culture that became Dwight-centric. He's pushed the Magic to be competitive and respected in Orlando for their effort while embracing player development.
Arron Affalo says Vaughn is "very, very smart" and — only three years removed from his days as an NBA point guard — he is more in tune with them as players.
"From a player's perspective, coaches have to understand X's and O's, but they have to also understand how to deal with people, the emotions of the game," Afflalo said. "As a [former] player, I think he's really grasping both ends of that."
I'd say Jacque has gotten a lot out of a team comprised of youngsters and off-Broadway veterans.
He did lead the Magic to a surprising 12-13 start. Then Davis got hurt. They lost 10 straight and haven't been the same since.
Vaughn still wants to prove he has the coaching chops, regardless of a rebuild. He'll get a hall pass from the franchise this season, even if the losing continues and customers start wondering about him.
Jacque Vaughn is who the Magic wanted: The guy coolly pointing to the rainbow while storm clouds rumbled overhead.