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May 23, 2015 Updates

The Detroit Pistons will expand their coaching staff by hiring a shooting coach for next season, head coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy said. The job will be as a full-time traveling assistant and Van Gundy said he hopes to have the specialized coach in place by early July. Van Gundy said the new shooting coach will have no other responsibilities. "If he's watching our team play, watching our team practice, working with guys, watching film, he's focused on that one area," Van Gundy said. Booth Newspapers

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Orlando has a lot of young guys who should develop into plus defenders, but they don’t have a star, and their ugly parting with Stan Van Gundy — a close friend of Thibodeau’s — surely colors the way Thibodeau views the franchise. The Magic also just gave Rob Hennigan, their GM, a contract extension, and after his rocky relationship with Chicago’s front office, Thibodeau might crave a larger role in personnel decisions. He has the clout now to at least push for that kind of power in contract talks. Grantland

May 14, 2015 Updates
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Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy is looking for a few big men who can shoot. That's why he and general manager Jeff Bowers are in Spain looking at Mario Hezonja (6-foot-8) and Kristaps Porzingis (7-1). Both have the ability to shoot from the outside. The downside is both are immature and lack NBA bodies to survive an 82-game season. But the Pistons are looking for a boost to their 3-point shooting, which ranked 17th in percentage (34.4). Van Gundy said he wanted the team to shoot at least 36 percent. Detroit News

April 30, 2015 Updates
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CBS Boston: Were you a little surprised that you didn’t get any kind of an opportunity with a new coaching regime in Detroit (with Stan Van Gundy) in your second season in the league? Gigi Datome: I wanted to have an opportunity with the Pistons because it was my original team. They made the choice to prefer other players, so I couldn’t do anything about it and just accepted this season, be a good teammate and wait for my opportunity. It didn’t arrive there, it arrived here and I’m happy about it. CBS Local

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April 12, 2015 Updates

Stan Van Gundy, the Pistons' president of basketball operations and head coach, said he was in no position to comment on a potential tampering violation of which he has no knowledge, but that the Pistons are "going to try to keep Greg, there's no question about that." Van Gundy and Monroe both said they have stayed away from business discussions during the season, and that this report was no different. "Greg and I have not spent any time talking about that," Van Gundy said. "I don't think it would be appropriate, number one, to be focusing on anything beyond the rest of the season until the season's over." Booth Newspapers

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 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 2, 2015 Updates

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

March 30, 2015 Updates
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Van Gundy steered the club to one NBA Finals appearance in 2009 before being fired after the 2011-12 season. And that begs the question: Will the Magic, in time, ever put Van Gundy in their hall of fame? "There is no chance — absolutely no chance," Van Gundy laughed. "Not the way things went down at the end. I guess if there's a whole different group of people here — possibly. But not with the current group. That ain't happening." Orlando Sentinel

March 12, 2015 Updates

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