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November 26, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy, after a chunk of games that has his team at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, paying an early deposit with the 76ers for a good seat at next May's draft lottery, has begun to realize that balance is probably more delicate than his dual titles as coach and president of basketball operations. "I don't think it's gonna be overnight," Van Gundy said. "I'd like it to be. Tom would like it to be, but I don't think it's gonna be an overnight thing." "Last night it was an hour and a half, just talking about our roster and where we're headed and the whole thing. What I feel good about, what I don't like. It was two days of texts." Detroit News

November 25, 2014 Updates
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How about Brandon Jennings, the league’s worst shooting point guard the last few years, now blaming Stan Van Gundy in comments to Detroit media: "If you ask the question about why we're not making shots, we don't shoot. We don't shoot in practice. We haven't really had a chance to work on our games or anything. When we do have shootarounds, we're not able to get up shots like we should. I just think if you're going to have shootaround in the morning, I think it's good that you get loose and you should work on shots that you're going to take in the game. Even before, after practice, we've got to start getting in the gym, just working on our game more." Who’s stopping him? NBA.com

November 22, 2014 Updates

Brandon Jennings didn't have the greatest of weeks but the Detroit Pistons point guard said Friday that his team's errant shooting may be reparable with repetitions. "If you ask the question about why we're not making shots, we don't shoot," Jennings said after Friday's 99-89 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "We don't shoot in practice. We haven't really had a chance to work on our games or anything. When we do have shootarounds, we're not able to get up shots like we should." Booth Newspapers

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Jennings is shooting 49.3 percent (37 of 75) over the last five games, including 53.1 percent (17 of 32) on 3-pointers. He scored 32 points in Wednesday's loss at Washington, then 29 more in Friday's win at Oklahoma City. "You look at his shooting percentages, particularly over the last five or six games, you look at his assist-to-turnover ratio, and he's only 25 years old and he's starting to get it now," Van Gundy said after the Pistons' 96-89 overtime win at Oklahoma City. "He's starting to play efficiently, not just throwing up a lot of shots and getting points. His shooting percentages are going up." Booth Newspapers

Reggie Jackson wanted to shoulder the responsibility, because I assume that’s what he read it says to do in the Alpha Dog Handbook. “I failed my teammates,” Jackson said, somehow low-talking even more than he normally does. “They played great. We were never supposed to go to overtime. I let them down tonight. If anyone rests uneasy, it’s my fault.” DailyThunder.com

November 14, 2014 Updates

Jennings was 7 years old when Bryant made his Lakers debut in 1996, and it’s not like many Southern California kids in the late-1990s were picking the moribund Los Angeles Clippers. “(Growing up in Los Angeles at the time) you’re going to become a Kobe fan,” Jennings said, agreeing when I compared Jennings to Snoop Dogg in that sense. “He’ll for sure have a statue. Like Magic Johnson was saying, he’s one of the greatest Lakers ever. … They might give Kobe one with his kids and everyone on it.” “I got a chance to watch him work out when I was in high school, and after that, I just became a Kobe fanatic, a big fan.” For The Win

He doubts he’ll get a chance to play with Bryant, though both could be free agents in 2016 if Bryant decides to hold off on his long-predicted retirement. But he wishes he had. “If I came into the league playing with Kobe, I’d probably have two or three rings right now,” Jennings said, his grin turning into a full smile. For The Win

November 13, 2014 Updates

Bryant is only 372 points from passing Jordan for third all time in career scoring. But the numbers don’t do justice to Bryant’s legacy or Jennings’ passion for him. He doubts he’ll get a chance to play with Bryant, though both could be free agents in 2016 if Bryant decides to hold off on his long-predicted retirement. But he wishes he had. “If I came into the league playing with Kobe, I’d probably have two or three rings right now,” Jennings said, his grin turning into a full smile. For The Win

November 1, 2014 Updates

But that doesn't change the fact that Van Gundy has turned to backup point guard D.J. Augustin for a majority of minutes in the first two games of the 0-2 start. And it's obvious that Van Gundy's decision-making process is bothering Jennings. When told that Van Gundy said that Augustin has been the better point guard the first two games, Jennings quietly said: "Then he should start and I'll be the backup, if that's the case." And with that Jennings added: "That's all I've got." Detroit Free Press

October 23, 2014 Updates

Vincent Goodwill: Jennings is out with a sore Achilles. Limited use for Monroe. Augustin, Martin, Singler, Smith and Drummond starters. #Pistons Twitter @vgoodwill

October 22, 2014 Updates
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What will likely make Van Gundy pull out the remainder of his hair follicles is Jennings' shot selection, and one can certainly argue that a bad shot should be registered as a turnover. "The issues with him are defensively and his shooting percentage," Van Gundy said. "It's a function of one or two shots a game where he doesn't get on balance and sort of throws up a careless one. You just give away possessions, it's hard to get to a good percentage because you're not gonna shoot 65 percent on the shots where you really are (taking them)." Detroit News

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