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October 13, 2014 Updates

Stan Van Gundy: So you're talking to all of these guys, and you realize it's a pretty rare situation in this league, to have a front office and a coaching staff that are truly aligned. Obviously, if you ask any of them, they all say they are. But when you talk to coaches, you realize it's a pretty rare situation. I knew I didn't want to go back to being in one of those situations. I didn't know what would happen. But that was the thing that appealed to me about the [Pistons] job as it was. Number one, that's what Tom Gores was looking for -- as he called it, at the very first meeting, he wanted more synergy between the front office and the playing court. That was music to my ears. People asked me, did you want control? It had nothing to do with that. I wanted the same thing he wanted. This is a pretty good model to get that, at least. I think because of the setup, we've got 40 people in basketball operations, and everybody is in the same direction. NBA.com

Detroit Pistons training camp invitees Josh Bostic and Lorenzo Brown could become the first two Grand Rapids Drive roster members if they accept assignments as affiliate players for the new NBA Development League team. The two perimeter players are trying to make a 15-man Pistons final roster in a training camp with 16 players on guaranteed contracts. While that numbers game may prove challenging, Pistons general manager Jeff Bower confirmed the team has discussed with the players' agents the possibility of joining the first-year Drive as affiliate players. Booth Newspapers

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

"He's gotta be more consistent and we'll show him some film where we think he's giving away shots and not really balancing up," Van Gundy said. "Overall we're really happy. He's playing really hard. "He's off balance. Brendan (Malone, assistant coach) and I both watched him work out several times this summer. When he balances up, he can shoot the ball, there's no question." Detroit News

October 12, 2014 Updates

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had to be helped off the floor in the third quarter and did not return Sunday in the Detroit Pistons' 91-89 loss to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center. The second-year guard sprained his his left knee after slipping on the floor. The severity of the injury is unknown and Caldwell-Pope will be evaluated after the Pistons (2-1) return home. He didn't appear to be putting weight on his left leg when leaving the loss to the Wizards. Booth Newspapers

October 11, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons could be down two key players for Sunday's preseason game at Washington after Josh Smith sat out today's practice here. The team traveled after practice to play the Wizards in a 1 p.m. game, with Smith's status in question after he missed practice with a groin strain. Booth Newspapers

October 9, 2014 Updates

Billups was the perfect mentor for a young point guard, and the perfect leader for any team. So when Billups was traded to Denver for Allen Iverson one week into the 2008-09 season, Stuckey suffered for it. “Once Chauncey was traded, everything went downhill from there,” Stuckey said. “Chauncey was the glue who held everything together. Once he was traded, it was a domino effect. One thing after another. Something happened, then this happened, that happened. So it was tough, you know? “You go from this guy who's been an All-Star and Finals MVP to a guy like Allen Iverson who's a completely different type of player. Chauncey was the leader, the role model. Allen Iverson was a scorer, a guy who just gets buckets. He can give you 40 if you want him to. And then you have Rip (Hamilton) on the other side that you need to get the ball to and you can't forget about Tayshaun (Prince). It was a tough situation. It was a lot that was thrown at one person at one time. I was just trying to figure stuff out. But it happened the way it happened. You learn from each experience.” NBA.com

“I don't like losing,” he said. “Sometimes in Detroit, we'd be close in a game and be losing and people would be OK with it because it was a close game and we played hard. But we still lost. I don't accept that. I want to win. That's where a lot of the conflict came from. I'm a competitor, man. I don't like losing. I don't come out here just to get a sweat and lose and be happy. That's not me. I try to compete each and every night and let the chips fall.” NBA.com

October 7, 2014 Updates

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy won't commit to a permanent starting lineup just yet, but his first five doesn't include Greg Monroe, he announced hours before the exhibition opener against the Chicago Bulls. Andre Drummond, Josh Smith, Caron Butler, Jodie Meeks and Brandon Jennings will be the starters for the Pistons on Tuesday night, although Van Gundy has tried to temper the belief he'll bring Monroe off the bench to start the season when Monroe returns from his two-game suspension. Detroit News

October 6, 2014 Updates
 

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