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December 13, 2014 Updates

Having another versatile perimeter player in Meeks gives Van Gundy that much more flexibility to move from one type of lineup to another in a league that increasingly requires a spectrum of options. And Meeks gives the Pistons something the offense desperately needed: another ballhandler with the ability to create. "It'll take us some time to build a package for him, but we've been saying he's a guy that we can run offense through," Van Gundy said. "He gives us a chance to make some plays. He reads defenses really well." NBA.com

December 12, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy, after practice today here, said he appreciated the opportunity to discuss the 3-19 Pistons' issues with the last coach to win a championship here. Brown, now head coach at Southern Methodist University, was coach of the 2004 Pistons. Van Gundy said he called Brown about a week ago. "I've talked to Stan," Brown said on Frank Isola's and Mitch Lawrence's morning show. "He reached out to me a while ago. I admire him. I think he's a hell of a coach. I told him, 'Look, you're the coach, general manager, president, all the people on your staff love you and care about you. You've had success before. Just do what you do.' It's a process." Booth Newspapers

December 11, 2014 Updates

I'm not sure he had much of chance to trade Smith over the summer. The Kings were the only team really interested, but I've heard various sources say they were or weren't that interested. Monroe could've been traded, but there wasn't much there. The problem with having a GM that's the coach is that they are rarely willing to sacrifice the NOW for later. ESPN.com

"As down and discouraged as I get right after games, as I told 'em today, it was another great practice today – even better than yesterday," Van Gundy said Thursday before the Pistons' flight to Phoenix, where they'll attempt to prevent a franchise-tying 14th straight loss Friday. "I still think that we've got a chance to be pretty good. How good, I don't know. But I think we've got a chance to be pretty good if we stay with it and I can figure out – my staff and I can figure out – ways to help them a little bit offensively, I think we've got a chance to be pretty good." NBA.com

With 13 consecutive losses, the Detroit Pistons' season is resembling a shipwreck. Jeff Van Gundy didn't expect completely smooth sailing for his brother Stan in his first season in Detroit, but the recent struggles have been troubling. "He took over the Titanic and it's sinking even quicker," Van Gundy told Frank Isola and Mitch Lawrence during an appearance on "SiriusXM NBA Radio." Booth Newspapers

December 10, 2014 Updates

Meeks will come back in some form today, when he practices for the first time since being diagnosed Oct. 13 with a stress reaction in his lower back. If all goes well, he'll do it again Thursday before the Pistons fly to Phoenix. And that's where Meeks hopes to make his debut, Friday night. "We'll see what happens," he said. "Possibly, I may play Friday." NBA.com

Blazers’ big man Robin Lopez has a history of not getting along with opposing teams’ mascots. Those in Houston, Orlando, Toronto and Detroit have all felt Lopez’s wrath, and Tuesday night, Lopez was ready for round two with Hooper of the Pistons. NBCSports.com

December 9, 2014 Updates

Players who signed as free agents last summer are eligible to be traded beginning next Monday. The Pistons could get out in front of the markets with a late-December or January deal. Before executing trades, the first step could be rotation changes, barring some dramatic reversal of fortunes in the next two weeks. Booth Newspapers

"Obviously, we haven't gotten to the point where we've done anything different," Van Gundy said. "But the deeper you go, certainly, I think you're always evaluating your approach -- not just in terms of front office, but in terms of do we play other guys, do we sit certain guys? "I'm not a real quick-trigger guy but ... you're at a quarter of the season. It's been bad. I think you have to evaluate where you're going, and what you want to do, and what your objectives are, and all of that, and we've certainly talked about that, yes." Booth Newspapers

The Pistons have veterans who can offer spot help to a contender (Augustin, Caron Butler, even Jennings in the right situation). They have bigs they either might want to move, or who have no contractual obligations after this season, or both (Monroe, Smith, Joel Anthony, Jonas Jerebko). They have expiring contracts (Anthony, Jerebko, Monroe, Singler, Gigi Datome). Booth Newspapers

December 8, 2014 Updates

About a week before Thanksgiving, 13-year-old Anthony Cupp had his KD 7 shoes stolen. Money is tight in Cupp's family. His mother - Janiesa Cupp - is still undergoing therapy after surgery to remove a tumor, which sucks up most of the finances. So Cupp mowed some lawns in his neighborhood to save up enough money to buy the signature sneakers of his favorite professional athlete. And they came just in time for basketball season. The undersized Cupp had recently made his eighth grade team. But as he was walking home from school on a snowy late November day in Warren, Michigan - a suberb just north of downtown Detroit - Cupp was jumped by an older kid and his shoes were taken. Oklahoman

Knowing Durant was coming to town on Sunday, they called the Cupp family Wednesday and extended an invitation to the game. They wanted to make him the honorary ball-boy. And the Pistons also reached out to Durant and the Thunder to let them know what happened. Through some quick planning, OKC set up a pregame meeting between Cupp and Durant. The two shook hands and talked on the baseline about two hours before tip-off. Then Durant gave Cupp two pairs of his signature sneakers - one in Cupp's size and the other in Durant's, signed by the superstar - as well as a new KD branded jacket and backpack. "He was real nervous," Durant said. "Same thing I would have been if I met my favorite NBA player back then. I was just trying to make him feel as comfortable as possible." Oklahoman

Detroit Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy isn't that concerned that center Andre Drummond decided to head to social media to let people know he was zooming along I-75 well over the speed limit Saturday. Van Gundy is more concerned about the safety issue. He remember being in the league when Charlotte Hornets shooting guard Bobby Phills was killed in a 2000 automobile accident where speed was a major factor. "I know you're young and you think you're indestructible, but for the people that care about you, it's scary as hell," Van Gundy said before Sunday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. "I don't want to wake up and read about Andre Drummond in an accident. That's the issue to me." Detroit Free Press

The website FanSided exposed Drummond's issue when it reported Drummond snapped a photo of himself speeding at 97 m.p.h. on I-75. He posted the photo to Snapchat, a photo-sharing service. That's when it was spotted by FanSided. The state's legal speed limit is 70 m.p.h. there is also the matter of Michigan's distracted driving law. Drummond, 21, fessed up after Saturday night's overtime loss to the 76ers. "Yes," said Drummond when asked if he was the subject of the photo at the Palace on Saturday night. "It was a silly mistake. I'll own up to it and move on from here. It won't happen again." Detroit Free Press

Van Gundy recalls having similar concerns with Wizards center Marcin Gortat when they were both with the Orlando Magic. At the airport Gortat would zoom off going over 100 m.p.h., worrying Van Gundy about his driving speed. "It's not just an example; it's safety," Van Gundy said. "I still to this day every time I see Gortat, I ask him if he's slowed down. "It's scary to me." Detroit Free Press

December 7, 2014 Updates

Andre Drummond confirmed he took a photograph while traveling 96 mph down a local expressway that was posted on a social-media site Saturday. The photograph (see it here), which shows the dashboard, speedometer and windshield view from a Mercedes-Benz as it speeds down the interstate, was posted to Drummond's Snapchat account Saturday morning. Booth Newspapers

 

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