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March 11, 2015 Updates

Van Gundy, who communicates frequently with Gores, said before the game that he knows that Gores doesn't like how the season has unfolded. "I think he's disappointed, quite honestly," Van Gundy said. "We were right there at the break, feeling like we had a chance. I think he's probably as disappointed and as frustrated as we are, but still very supportive and on board. Tom's got a lot of resolve, he's a resolute guy, he doesn't give in easily. He'd be the perfect guy to coach, quite honestly." Detroit Free Press

Point guard Brandon Jennings, out for the season with a ruptured left Achilles, was with the team in Los Angeles. Jennings said he will be off crutches within two weeks and said that his rehab is ahead of schedule. Detroit Free Press

Vincent Ellis: SVG defended Jackson today, saying he's done what's asked of him. I think he's too ball dominant. Jennings had stopped going pat, pat, pat. Twitter @Vincent_Ellis56

March 10, 2015 Updates
March 9, 2015 Updates

Reggie Jackson still whistles as he passes the graveyard of NBA hopes for this season. Some might argue his Detroit Pistons already have taken up residency there, even if he isn't buying. "We don't think we're out of the running," the Pistons point guard said. "We'd like to be a team of destiny and we think we've still got a chance to make something special happen. A lot of teams that are ahead of us, we're going to play again, maybe once, maybe twice. So we can really do something. We've just got to go ahead and turn the season around now. We can't be giving games away." Booth Newspapers

March 7, 2015 Updates

If Jackson signs a long-term deal, the Pistons would obviously have one starting job for two players. It's possible they could play them together with one being the off guard but that's not a topic Jackson wanted to address. "That's not for me to determine," Jackson said. "That's coach. I don't do his job. Brandon is a great talent. I'm not sure what's going to happen in the future. He's been running his own team for years in this league. He's proven he can do so. "He's one of the better scoring point guards in the league, also he can facilitate. We hope that he gets healthy and comes back to being the Brandon Jennings everybody knows. Just wishing him the best. I don't make calls in the front office." Booth Newspapers

March 6, 2015 Updates

Smith will be facing his former team tonight for the second time since the Pistons shocked the NBA by releasing their highest-paid player Dec. 21 with about $36 million remaining on his contract. The Rockets have already faced the Pistons once since then - Smith had seven points and was booed often in a 114-101 loss Jan. 31 at The Palace - so tonight's game isn't that big a deal as far as he's concerned. "It's water under the bridge," Smith said after this morning's shoot around at the Toyota Center. "We're focusing on something big here and I just want to be able to focus on ... continuing to gradually incline in the standings and not necessarily focus on who the opponent is." Booth Newspapers

They might as well have been ranked with a bullet, because Stan Van Gundy's goal is to beef up the analytics department even more. The Pistons were represented by four front-office members at the weekend Sloan Sports Analytics Conference held annually at MIT: assistant general manager Ken Catanella, who heads up the Pistons analytics department; Pat Garrity, director of strategic planning; Andrew Loomis, executive director of basketball operations; and Jorge Costa, software engineer who works hand in hand with Catanella. NBA.com

They knew interest league-wide in Jackson was high, with Brooklyn on the verge of sending Brook Lopez to Oklahoma City and Indiana reportedly making an aggressive pitch, among several other inquiring teams. The bidding had the potential to get out of hand and Van Gundy was prepared to back away if that was the case. "We were aware of (other teams involved), but it didn't matter to us. We knew what our interest was in him. That's what mattered. And we knew what the parameters of a deal would be. As much as we liked him, we weren't going to give up a first-round pick – that was our sticking point. As much as we liked him, we wouldn't have done that. That was the initial price. If somebody else had been willing to do that, maybe we wouldn't have gotten him. But we knew we wanted him and we knew what the parameters were." NBA.com

March 5, 2015 Updates

What do you see yourself doing in 20 years? John Lucas: Coaching. Pro or college, it doesn't matter. I just want to be a head coach. Booth Newspapers

How old were you when you realized how famous your father was and what he did for a living? John Lucas: I was 4. He kept me around the game. I used to go to shootarounds with him, I went to practice with him, I traveled with him when he was a coach. On the weekends, when he was the head coach, I used to travel with the team. I learned to play all the gambling games like by on the plane with like Dennis Rodman, Willie Anderson, David Robinson. Well, David Robinson didn't gamble. (Laughs.) But everybody else did. I was around an older group of guys and I used to work out with them. My dad used to let me practice with them when I was in middle school and high school. Booth Newspapers

March 4, 2015 Updates
March 3, 2015 Updates
 

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