HoopsHype Stan Van Gundy rumors

May 23, 2014 Updates

It looks like Stan Van Gundy is reaching into the Detroit Pistons’ glorious past for help in returning the franchise to relevance. Former assistant Brendan Malone (a disciple of Hall of Fame coach Chuck Daly) is expected to join Van Gundy’s staff in a similar role, a source with firsthand knowledge of the situation told the Free Press today. The source requested anonymity because the organization is waiting for Van Gundy to complete the staff before an official announcement. Detroit Free Press

While four-time NBA champion and three-time Coach of the Year Gregg Popovich is thought to be earning $6 million annually with the Spurs, Steve Kerr, a man with absolutely zero coaching experience at any level, just signed a deal worth $5 million annually from the Warriors to become their next head coach. Stan Van Gundy and Doc Rivers both received $7 million to coach their teams and have the final say in roster decisions, with both inevitably having to hire again a general manager to do the bulk of the leg work on the roster construction, while Coach of the Year Tom Thibodeau had to fight for his $4 million. HoopsHype

May 19, 2014 Updates
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Izzo was offered the same five-year, $35 million offer to coach and run the Pistons that Van Gundy eventually accepted last week. Izzo also declined when Cleveland fired Mike Brown and called for the second time in four years. Hoiberg, too, appears content to remain in college coaching, at least for now. Minneapolis Star-Tribune

May 17, 2014 Updates

New Detroit Pistons president and head coach Stan Van Gundy isn't a huge fan of the NBA Draft Combine. Appearing on the Dan Patrick Show, he was asked if you could really tell anything from it. "I probably shouldn't say this, I'll probably upset some people, but no," Van Gundy said. "Because, look, they're going to do the measurements on guys and some of that's important -- just like at the NFL combine; the skill workouts and things like that can be of some value -- but basketball is a game of decisions. and the decision-makers -- guys who know when to shoot, when to pass -- those are the guys who become great players. And we can't see any of that here. "The real advantage is that your people get a chance to sit down and talk to these guys in interviews," he continued. "I think that is very valuable and important, but the way they've watered it down over the years, the stuff on the court I don't think is very valuable. But you still have to watch it." CBSSports.com

May 16, 2014 Updates

Tim Kawakami: NBA source: The Warriors had informal, testing-the-water discussions with Iowa State Fred Hoiberg before hiring Steve Kerr. My understanding is that Hoiberg and the Warriors were just measuring each other's interest and there was no offer or true interview. The Warriors' final candidate pool: Steve Kerr & Stan Van Gundy in deep negotiations, with Lionel Hollins and Hoiberg pending. Twitter @timkawakami

But in an interview with 97.1 The Ticket on Friday, Van Gundy opened up a little more about what he thinks about his high-priced power forward. "It's not about changing his game," Van Gundy said. "Josh has had a game for a long time in this league that works." Van Gundy, speaking from experience as someone who had to face off against Smith's Hawks several times as a coach of the Orlando Magic, praised Smith for his passing, ball handling, shot blocking and inside scoring. "It's about us putting him in spots that play to his strengths and don't maybe give him the opportunity to play to his weaknesses a little bit," Van Gundy said. "And it's about him making better decisions and being more efficient than he was last year." Detroit Bad Boys

May 15, 2014 Updates

“I value Greg highly,” Van Gundy said. “I think he’s one of the elite big men in the league. I think he’s got a very high skill level. He can pass the ball, he can score in the low post and I want them to know that, that I value him highly.” Detroit Free Press

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