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April 12, 2015 Updates

It’s easy to connect the dots; Monroe’s agent, David Falk, is one of the few agents that Jackson has a relationship with going back more than 20 years when Falk was representing Michael Jordan. Falk is looking for a max contract for Monroe and the Knicks, coming off the worst season in franchise history, are happy to oblige. New York Daily News

As for unrestricted free agent Greg Monroe, the Pistons felt it was important to bring him back after an 11-game absence with a sore knee to integrate him into the rotation in case he re-signs. Monroe will be an attractive target because of his ability to score in the post and rebound. He is averaging 16.1 points and a career-best 10.5 rebounds this season despite teammate Andre Drummond being among the league leaders in rebounds. “From a coaching standpoint, if we’re fortunate enough to get Greg back here next year, I need to figure out how to make it work,” Van Gundy said. “It’s not that it can’t work. The more games you can get under your belt with those guys playing together, the easier it will be for me to figure that out. “I think you go back to right after Christmas and it was Greg and Andre together, and our offense was rolling along pretty good. So there’s certain ways to play two big guys.” Boston Globe

April 11, 2015 Updates
April 9, 2015 Updates

Drummond complained about the disciplinary removal from the game, then went to the end of the Pistons' bench to sit. "I separated myself for a couple seconds, just to clear my head, and he came back and got me," Drummond said. Booth Newspapers

Sure enough, Van Gundy went to the end of the bench, took Drummond by one arm, and led him to the middle of the bench. "I just brought him back in from the end of the bench, into the team," Van Gundy said. "I don't have a problem when guys are pissed off at me. I don't. But they can't check out on their teammates because they're pissed off at me, and I think he understood that and came back and was fine. Good guy. He's a good guy. I was upset at what he did and he understood that -- might not have liked it. I understood why he was upset." Booth Newspapers

"I did something that he didn't agree with and we discussed what it was," Drummond said. "Stan and I have that relationship where we can have those kinds of conversations. We just move on." Drummond added that Van Gundy "got on me, I stated my opinion, no hard feelings." "We're just moving on," he said. "We don't do the whole fussing and fighting thing. We have an understanding with each other. I knew why he was mad and he knew why I was upset, as well, too. We squashed it, moved forward, slapped each other on the back, and kept moving." Booth Newspapers

April 6, 2015 Updates

There was a running “discussion” over the past few months about whether or not this year’s stacked Kentucky team could beat an NBA team. It was a silly discussion, because every NBA team would destroy this team, but whatever. It was silly and most fans of college and pro hoops knew it was silly. Pistons guard Brandon Jennings was not pleased, however, and he didn’t care if it was silly. For The Win

April 4, 2015 Updates

Greg Monroe and Van Gundy are finalists for Pro Basketball Writers Association awards. Monroe is a finalist for the J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship award which goes to a player who shows outstanding service and commitment to his community. Van Gundy is a finalist for the Rudy Tomjanovich Award which goes to the coach who is cooperative with the media and the fans. Detroit Free Press

April 3, 2015 Updates

Vincent Ellis: SVG says he would like to bring Joel Anthony back next season. Obviously have other business to conduct before getting to him. #Pistons Twitter @Vincent_Ellis56

April 2, 2015 Updates

The Grand Rapids Drive won't have a winning season on the court, but management of parent company Detroit Pistons are pleased with the first-year relationship with the NBA Development League team. "This first year our primary goal was creating a structure that matches our structure," said Dennis Mannion, president & CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment and the Detroit Pistons. "...We're getting better at it. We have a monthly call in to go over things and with what Steve (Ybarra, the lead owner of the Drive) has learned it will help him so much in support and planning for next year." Booth Newspapers

Bower was pleased with the way the Drive's on-court operation mirrored that of Stan Van Gundy's with the Pistons. "I thought that was a strength going into the year, and it's a strength as we wrap up," he said. "Our comfort level with knowing what, for example, Quincy Miller would find when he got here (Grand Rapids) was very high." Booth Newspapers

April 1, 2015 Updates

During the beginning of his career, Knight read Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: The Story of Success. Through his struggles in Detroit as a Piston, to his success in Milwaukee, Gladwell’s 10,000-hour rule resonated with Knight. “I read that a couple of years ago and kind of thought it reminded me of myself a little bit, as far as you’ve got to put in the hours to be great at a certain event or certain sport,” Knight said. “Whatever it is, you’ve got to put the time in. Of course you’ve got talent, but in order to reach that potential, you have to put that time in to be as great as you want to be.” Triangle Offense

After years of being underrated and overlooked, Knight is beginning to earn his due. To make room for Knight, Phoenix parted ways with point guard Isaiah Thomas as well as Ennis and Plumlee after sending Goran Dragic (and brother Zoran) to the Miami Heat. Suns officials said after the trade they believed that Knight was the best player involved. “A lot of people tried to put limitations on my game and say I wouldn’t be this, I wouldn’t be that,” Knight said. “I think I’ve proven a lot of people wrong. I don’t think a lot of people thought I would be here based on my first two years.” Triangle Offense

March 30, 2015 Updates
March 28, 2015 Updates

But for now, the Pistons are rebuilding, and Prince is a 35-year-old piece of their history who most likely remain stay that way once the final 10 games of this season are complete. "I'm not going to jump to conclusions," Prince said. "But as you guys know, and as of my time in Boston before I got traded to Detroit, my intention was to get to a contender. You know, you can never say never, but obviously, at this point in my career, I think that's where I help teams the best. "A game like today, you'll see that every once in a while. It's not a situation where I'll do that night in, night out. But like I said in Boston, all options are on the table. Of course, I would prefer to be in a good situation. It's not a situation where it's like, 'No, no, I'm not coming back here.' But if you ask me if it's a contender, preferably, yeah, I would lean more towards that." Booth Newspapers

There’s another John Lucas in the NBA today. He’s your son, he’s a guard for the Detroit Pistons. How often you get to see him play? John Lucas: I don’t go to any of his games. That’s his life. As a former coach, I don’t want to go because then I end up trying to be the coach. I just watch at home, then I can turn the TV off and then have no ownership in that game. Me and my wife can’t watch when he gets in the game, because I’m so angry because he only grew to be about 5-foot-10, so when he’s in the game people take advantage of him. He can’t do things — they post him up, so I look at her. If I’d have married somebody else — now I’m blaming her! I’m blaming her for his height. He’s got my last name on the back of his shirt. But I’m really, really proud of John. He’s been a ball boy ever since he was like 6-years-old. It’s always been a dream of his to play. WBUR

 

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