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February 12, 2015 Updates

That should have included a more subtle search for Corbin's replacement, Van Gundy said. "If you want to make a change, I mean, even if people don't like it, obviously, as an owner, you always have the right to make a change. That's up to you," Van Gundy said. "But you don't need to do it the way they're doing it now. "I mean, that thing's been in the news for two weeks now, and Tyrone's coaching. And they obviously don't have any problem treating him like that. I have a hard time understanding that one, I really do. I mean, Tyrone Corbin is a class act. He was a class act as a player, he's a class act as a coach, and he's being treated very, very poorly." Booth Newspapers

February 11, 2015 Updates

Van Gundy also said it is very unlikely that the Pistons trade anyone currently on a rookie contract, which includes Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Spencer Dinwiddie, Andre Drummond and Kyle Singler. "Not going to happen," Van Gundy said. "Not going to happen unless you get another guy back on his rookie deal. Basically, our philosophy coming in is first-round draft picks and rookie deals, you're giving those up to either get similar back, or if there's a star. If there's one of the real stars in the league, then obviously, everything changes. But other than that, no, those guys on rookie deals are too important, and we really like our young guys. So no, that's not going to happen." Booth Newspapers

February 7, 2015 Updates

Not surprisingly, Van Gundy finds the situation of absurd -- particularly the way organizations bend over backward to not publicly blame a coach, but the coach is the only sacrificial lamb in such instances. "All those things are the same," Van Gundy said today. "You get in the press conference, they loved Jacque. He did a great job. You listen to all that, and then I listen to Rob say it doesn't fall on Jacque, but he takes full responsibility. I laugh, obviously, because that's not true. "You're still sitting there with a job, and Jacque doesn't have one, so I don't know what full responsibility means. But I would say they left the full responsibility on Jacque." Detroit Free Press

February 6, 2015 Updates

Van Gundy also said of the Magic: "They're an organization that turns over coaches a lot. I don't know if anybody coached there longer than I did. There's no such thing as a longtime Magic coach." Van Gundy's five-year stint is the longest in franchise history, although former Pistons assistant Brian Hill has coached the most games for the Magic, over two stints. "Being there for his first two years, being there in the town and following them and reading, I thought Jacque gave them everything that they wanted, so I feel bad for him," Van Gundy said. Detroit Free Press

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With three years and $27 million left on his contract, Smith confesses now: "I was shocked." He knew Detroit had discussed trades, knew that that frontline of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond was unworkable, but Josh Smith never expected to shake Van Gundy's hand and leave the gymnasium a free agent that morning. Yahoo! Sports

His family was incensed and Josh understood it. His family has forever taken the criticism harder than him. Better than everyone else, they know him. They watch and listen to everything about him, the way loved ones do, and his father, Pete, warned Josh: "You're going to get scrutinized … It's going to make you look bad," and with the world barking louder and louder, trashing his character and dismissing his considerable talent, Josh Smith told his father simply: "I don’t care." Yahoo! Sports

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January 27, 2015 Updates

The Pistons have an open roster spot, and Van Gundy said a third point guard likely will be with the Pistons by the end of the week. Despite trade speculation, Van Gundy dismissed the idea of dealing anything of value just to add a third point guard. "We want to give ourselves every chance, so we want to get some help, but we won't mortgage anything in terms of the future," Van Gundy said. "We're not going to go out and give away assets, picks or anything like that. No, we're not gonna do that." That means a temporary solution probably could be found in the D-League, with a 10-day contract. Detroit Free Press

January 25, 2015 Updates

Josh Lewenberg: Former Raptor D.J. Augustin starts for Jennings. SVG says Pistons will look to pick up third PG Twitter @JLew1050

January 22, 2015 Updates

Gores said Wednesday the poor start never made him wonder if he had put the future of his franchise in the hands of the wrong man after giving Van Gundy $35 million over five years to serve as the Pistons' head coach and team president. "Never," Gores said at halftime of the Pistons' 128-118 victory over Orlando at The Palace. "Never. You got that on the record? Never. We have an amazing guy. I'm so, so proud that we got him here to Detroit. "There was no trepidation at all." Booth Newspapers

Gores said he gave Smith the golden parachute because he believes in his coach. "Even before Stan came on, we talked about the future and building the future," Gores said. "Stan didn't just call me one day and say, 'This is what we have to do.' We had been talking for a few months about how we were going to get this team into the future. "Josh is a great talent but we had so many other great talents on the team that we really needed the ball being in more hands. So as much as a lot of people think this decision was made overnight, really it was made over a good month and a half. "We weren't delivering. We weren't winning. It was a process." Booth Newspapers

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

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