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January 17, 2015 Updates

"I'm really, really happy with the guys we have here right now," Van Gundy said. "I'm really, really happy with our culture, and how guys are working. It's what it needs to be. And I thought that was one of the biggest things this year. I think getting our front office in order to really do a good job in that process, and getting the culture right, were bigger things even than winning games this year. Booth Newspapers

January 13, 2015 Updates

At every stop, he's routinely asked about his surprising move of releasing Josh Smith with well over $27 million left on his contract, and the answer is so common it almost feels like the words are rehearsed. But perhaps he wants to show his acumen as an executive with such statements about the unheralded Tolliver and Anthony. "A lot of times all people focus on is major moves, but if you really look at the way people build teams, it's little by little," Van Gundy said. Detroit News

January 12, 2015 Updates

"Stan and I, fortunately for both of us, we've had such a great chemistry and communication with each other since he's come on board, really from our first meeting," Gores said. "Stan is a very thorough guy ... for me, what was comfortable was knowing Stan is such a good coach, and with him, if we're 5-23, which we were, something's not right. "It's not just making a rotation change. I know he was working as hard as possible ... it was very collaborative with each other, like I would do with a CEO. I really challenged Stan to think creatively." NBA.com

"I think it's interesting how intangibles come into play," Gores said. "Our young guys are getting more minutes. We did get Meeks back and that's something you can't ignore, Having Jodie, first of all, he has great energy. Even if he doesn't have a great game he helps the team. He helps KCP (second-year shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope). "Meeks has been a big part of us coming back. And, really, letting Stan run the system he wants. Having Josh and Monroe, It just wasn't working. There just wasn't enough room." NBA.com

January 9, 2015 Updates
January 8, 2015 Updates

It was a gaffe made for t-shirts and bumper stickers. It already has become a rallying cry for Detroit Pistons fans. A national television sports show carried an instructional segment on how to do it properly. "Form a (bleeping) wall." Booth Newspapers

Detroit fans, already stung by an officiating controversy in the Lions' NFL playoff loss Sunday here in Dallas, and who already embrace the "Detroit vs. Everybody" concept, latched on to Van Gundy's plea. "That's funny," Van Gundy said, when told fans have taken his words as symbolism. "It's a one-tenth-of-a-second-to-go play, where it would take a miracle anyway, and all of a sudden, that's the deal. But who knows? If they're having fun with it, it's great. Because it's been tough for our fans this year. So if they're finding something to have fun with, I'm all for it." Booth Newspapers

January 6, 2015 Updates
December 31, 2014 Updates

Stan Van Gundy, who coached the Magic for five seasons, said his current position as president and head coach of the Pistons will prove to be his last job. "I've got five years and I'll be 60 and I've promised my wife, seriously, (that he will retire). I wanted one more shot at it, but I've got a great owner, a great situation with great tradition and I should be able to get it turned around in the time that he's given me. If I don't, I don't." USA Today Sports

December 30, 2014 Updates

The Pistons beefed-up front office includes four full-time NBA scouts. They're spread out across the country and Van Gundy estimates that they scout – not just watch, but study and file reports on – 85 to 90 percent of all NBA games. General manager Jeff Bower says that by mid-December, those scouts had filed 6,000 scouting reports. "I get a call on a player, I can go right to his report card and see my weekly grades from the scouting staff," Bower said. "Week by week, you can read the narrative and pull it all together to see if he's going up, if he's going down, why he's been out, why all of a sudden his minutes have increased. But you don't have information like that if you're not following it every day and every game and every week. That's where the day-to-day compounding of information comes in really having value." NBA.com

In studying how NBA teams were put together, Van Gundy kept coming back to the fact that for most teams, more than half of players were drafted by another team. "There tends to be an opinion that we just know the NBA players and I don't think we really watch them as closely as we need to and those are huge decisions," he said. "You don't want to make a mistake in the draft, but the way it's set up now, if you make a mistake in the draft at least it's low cost. If you're going to go out and spend $14 million a year, $15 million a year on a guy and you make a mistake, now you're really hurting. So I just want to weight it a little bit more." NBA.com

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