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Team: Detroit Pistons
Age / DOB:  (60) / 8/26/1955

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Stan Van Gundy wasted no words in criticizing the Pistons for a recent preseason performance.
"I told them in there – that was the first thing – we’re not playing together at all. I thought it was a very selfish performance, and guys wouldn’t just pass the ball to open men," he said. SVG singled out Reggie Jackson specifically for his atrocious play, but this is just a case of the veteran coach using the preseason to send a strong message to a team of impressionable youngsters. Oct 12 - 12:09 PM

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Pistons majority owner Tom Gores is buying his firm's stake on the team, sources told the Bloomberg News.

In other words, the move gives Gores 100 percent ownership of the franchise. Previously holding 51 percent, the move purchases the remaining 49 percent from Platinum Equity. The team has not offered a statement as of yet, but one will likely be made in the coming days.
Sep 7 - 9:37 AM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said the Pistons will target two unrestricted free agent small forwards and look at the restricted ones next.

The Pistons just picked up Stanley Johnson with the eighth pick, but they still need some serious help there. Plus, Johnson is a bit more raw than most top-10 forwards -- he has a high ceiling with his prototype frame, though. As far as the reasonably attainable UFA SFs go, DeMarre Carroll is at the top of the list.
Jun 27 - 3:14 PM

Renowned sports agent Arn Tellem has agreed to join the Pistons' front office as Vice Chairman of Palace Sports & Entertainment.

"Arn brings a unique perspective that will make our entire organization stronger," said Pistons' head coach Stan Van Gundy in a statement. "His responsibilities may be focused on the business side, but we won't be shy about taking full advantage of his knowledge on the basketball side as well." Tellem will be one of the Pistons' representatives to the NBA's board of governors, but his primary focus with the Pistons will be on the business side of things, and not so much the basketball decisions.
Source: SB Nation
Jun 5 - 11:03 AM

Stan Van Gundy acknowledged that the Pistons are looking for a third point guard.

After losing Brandon Jennings (Achilles) for the season, the Pistons are left with just veteran D.J. Augustin and rookie Spencer Dinwiddie to fill the role. The team is rumored to be interested in Pablo Prigioni, so that could be one option Detroit pursues.
Jan 26 - 9:06 AM

Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy said the Detroit Pistons will be his last NBA team.

Van Gundy told reporters on Tuesday that he wanted to give coaching one last shot and has given himself five years to turn the Pistons into a winner before retiring from the NBA. SVG has his work cut out for him as the Pistons are off to a 7-23 start, but a weak Eastern Conference could help him fulfill his goal over the next five years.
Tue, Dec 30, 2014 11:38:00 AM

Brandon Jennings (thumb) said the Pistons do not shoot while going through practice.

"If you ask the question about why we're not making shots, we don't shoot," Jennings said. "We don't shoot in practice. We haven't really had a chance to work on our games or anything." Jennings is actually shooting the ball well and has been fantastic for his fantasy owners in the past two weeks. His thumb injury could cost him time, though, Stay tuned.
Source: M Live
Sat, Nov 22, 2014 05:13:00 PM

Stan Van Gundy is trying to get his players to trust the process, despite the lack of results so far.

Despite a 2-6 start, Van Gundy is hoping Pistons players who have seen nothing but losing will adjust their mentality and trust the process. "It hasn't worked yet, why are you gonna believe it's going to work now?" Van Gundy said. "But the problem is when you don't - and you can see it at crucial times of the game, especially – guys just sort of go their own way. It's not because guys don't give a [expletive]."
Thu, Nov 13, 2014 11:57:00 AM

Stan Van Gundy explained his frontcourt lineup of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond for Wednesday's game against the Knicks as a reaction to injuries.

Van Gundy had previously said he wanted to limit the amount the three played together as the combination didn't work well last season, but injuries to Luigi Datome and Cartier Martin forced his hand. While the lineup led to a win, Josh Smith only shot 2-of-17 from the field so SVG's post-game of "Yes, everything's day to day," could lead to a lineup change in the near future.
Thu, Nov 6, 2014 10:21:00 AM

Stan Van Gundy said that he doesn't think players should be limited by max contracts.

In making a compelling case against max contracts, Van Gundy used Bruce Springsteen as an example."They don't say to Bruce Springsteen, 'You can only get 25 percent of the proceeds and 75 percent's got to go to the E Street Band.' I mean, that's not the way it works," said the Pistons president and head coach. "If it were more of a free-market system, I think things would change. I think you'd see greater parity in the league -- especially having the [salary] cap and no individual max." While Van Gundy did admit that the current system helps smaller market teams keep their star players, he makes an interesting point.
Source: M Live
Thu, Oct 23, 2014 10:39:00 AM

Stan Van Gundy stated during a recent interview that a lineup of Josh Smith, Greg Monroe, and Andre Drummond will not be a primary lineup, and hinted the three may not even start together.

"What I don't think will happen is [that Smith, Monroe, and Drummond will] be our primary lineup," said Van Gundy. "Maybe what emerges is those three guys start at 3-4-5. I don't anticipate that would be the case but even if they do, that won't be the lineup that gets the most minutes." Van Gundy also added that he'll be adjusting his lineups on a nightly basis, so there could certainly be some tinkering with minutes throughout the season. Drummond is likely the safest of the group in terms of putting up fantasy value, and starting, while it's unclear if Smith or Monroe would be headed to the bench in a sixth man role. We'll be paying close attention to how SVG's rotations develop over training camp and preseason. Stay tuned.
Sun, Sep 28, 2014 11:43:00 AM

Stan Van Gundy believes that the Pistons will play with hard, and with intensity this upcoming season.

"Yeah [we'll play hard], for two reasons," Van Gundy said. "The people we added all play very hard and very competitively, but I also think that’s the value of depth and balance. Our guys are going to push each other. There will be competition for playing time." Van Gundy definitely bolstered the Pistons' roster this offseason with five free agent signings, predominately addressing the need for 3-point shooting. While depth is a nice thing for an NBA franchise to have, it sometimes equates to timeshares, which limits the statistical output of players. We'll be keeping an eye on how SVG's rotations develop over training camp and preseason.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 04:19:00 PM

The Pistons are reportedly in advanced talks with former Magic GM Otis Smith to bring him on as the coach of their D-League affiliate.

Stan Van Gundy apparently likes his guys from his days in Orlando. This would be an interesting move for Smith to go from former GM to coach of a D-League team, but it's a good opportunity if that's a career path Smith would like to pursue.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 04:53:00 PM

Brian Wright has been announced as the Pistons new assistant general manager.

"I’m excited for the opportunity to come to Detroit and begin working with the staff," Wright said. "I firmly believe in the basketball vision that Stan [Van Gundy] and Jeff [Bower] have outlined for the organization and look forward to being a part of that process." Wright spent eight seasons with the Magic as their Director of College Scouting.
Mon, Jul 7, 2014 07:23:00 PM

Coach Stan Van Gundy said shooting guard and small forward are his team's priority in free agency.

"We know exactly who we want to talk to [in free agency] on July 1," Van Gundy said. SVG might as well be inheriting a baseball team because the Pistons are not what he's used to outside of a dominant big man like Andre Drummond. It wouldn't be a surprise to see the Pistons left Greg Monroe walk in order to get some perimeter scoring.
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 11:48:00 AM

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PG1Reggie Jackson
2Steve Blake
3Brandon Jennings
4Spencer Dinwiddie
SG1Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
2Jodie Meeks
3Darrun Hilliard
SF1Marcus Morris
2Stanley Johnson
3Reggie Bullock
PF1Ersan Ilyasova
2Anthony Tolliver
C1Andre Drummond
2Aron Baynes
3Joel Anthony