HoopsHype Stan Van Gundy rumors

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The Pistons announced Monday that Wright was leaving the Magic’s organization, where he started in 2006 as an intern. He rose to become the Magic’s director of college scouting. He worked in the organization while Pistons president of basketball operations and coach Stan Van Gundy was coaching the Magic. He jumped at the chance to join him in Detroit. “That was a big draw for me,” Wright said. “Knowing the type of person that he is, the work that he does, his consistency as a person and as a coach was a big draw for me so I get to work with him.” Detroit Free Press

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That doesn’t mean he’s not trying, though. Using his connection with Stan Van Gundy, his former head coach with the Orlando Magic and now the head coach and president of basketball operations for Detroit, he got himself an invite to Summer League for a chance to prove himself. Van Gundy guaranteed him nothing in providing the opportunity, but Cook is hoping to make the most of it, if only to show his gratitude to Van Gundy. “He was one of the first guys I called in being a free agent because I’m very comfortable with his offense,” Cook said. “I look back at my career, and he’s one of the few coaches that really cared about me and held me accountable. When you’re young, you don’t realize that. I’ve been at home with my kids and my wife, and I’ve matured during that process. (Van Gundy) gave me a shot to come down here. I’m ready.” Basketball Insiders

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He did say that before he hired general manager Jeff Bower he made sure individuals with diverse backgrounds and ethnicities were interviewed. “We contacted five people on the GM’s job; three of them were minority candidates,” Van Gundy said. “We got permission to talk to four people, one we did not. We went through a very thorough process on the thing. I’m glad that topic was brought up. I think it’s an important one, not just in the NBA but throughout society in general. I hope, quite honestly, it’s a fair question and you should question us on it all the time. “This is an organization, with Tom (Gores) and his partners and certainly with Jeff and myself, we’ll be committed to diversity. Wait until out staff is filled out and then we can really have a good discussion as to where you think we landed on that whole issue.“ Detroit Free Press

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The D-League's 50-game regular season begins in November and Van Gundy said he envisions hiring a head coach who incorporates Pistons principles and runs the same system. Van Gundy said his target date for having front-office and coaching staffs in place is Sept. 1. He said he would be comfortable with his three new Pistons assistants, Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer and Charles Klask, coaching the July 5-11 Orlando Pro Summer League. Booth Newspapers

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