HoopsHype Stan Van Gundy rumors

June 8, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons have a new tool at their disposal with an NBA Development League team in suburban Grand Rapids. At question is how they use it. Stan Van Gundy said it's a big part of the Pistons' development plan for young players. "If you get that coach integrated with what you're doing, and you're playing the same system and everything else, I think that D-League thing can be very, very valuable," the Pistons' president of basketball operations and head coach said. "And we'll take the hiring of that coach as a very big part of our staff because I think it can be that valuable." The Pistons established a hybrid affiliation with the yet-to-be-nicknamed Grand Rapids franchise when local owners bought the NBDL's former Springfield (Mass.) Armor in March. The team will begin play in the 2014-15 season at DeltaPlex Arena in Walker. Booth Newspapers

June 4, 2014 Updates

The message might well get meted out in fits and starts as Stan Van Gundy makes the rounds to meet individually with Pistons players over the off-season. But when they convene again as a team in early October to open his first training camp, it will come in one concentrated burst: Defense isn’t optional. “As I’ll say to our players when we get together to start the year, ‘It’s on us.’ At the defensive end, in particular. No excuses here,” Van Gundy said. “With what we have on the roster, we have everything we need physically. “Now, do we have the commitment? Are we willing to do the hard things that it takes to win basketball games? Do we care about our teammates? Are we going to buy in to the system and do it? Are we going to execute on a daily basis? Those are questions I can’t answer yet, but do we have everything we need to be good defensively? We absolutely do.” NBA.com

June 3, 2014 Updates

“I’m excited to join the Pistons organization and play a role in helping this franchise build on its great basketball tradition,” said Bower. “I look forward to working with Stan, his staff and everyone in the Pistons organization to put together a team that the community can support and be proud of. I’m also excited about ownership’s commitment to winning and their demonstrated commitment to the community.” NBA.com

New coach Stan Van Gundy has been so busy he hasn’t had a chance for a sit-down, but Datome likes what he has heard — especially how Van Gundy values shooting. His confidence remains strong. “I’m still confident I will be an NBA player and I will be a rotation player for the Pistons,” Datome said. Detroit Free Press

June 2, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy has yet to answer the final two questions but he made it clear in an interview with Keith Langlois on Pistons.com that he likes Monroe and would like to keep him alongside Drumond in what he calls "an ideal pairing." Monroe, who turns 24 this week, hits the free-agent market July 1. "If I look at just the film I've watched now and looking at the numbers, you would say that Greg and Andre together were great offensively," Van Gundy told Langlois. "That was a great combination on the offensive end of the floor, especially when the three guys around them were shooters – more conventional perimeter types. That worked very, very well. Now, it didn't work very well defensively. I think it puts a lot of responsibility on Greg Monroe to have to guard out on the perimeter." Booth Newspapers

“I love Greg Monroe,” he said. “I liked him before. Now, as I get into more film work and look at things, I like him even more. Highly skilled, high-character young big guy. Those are very, very hard to find. But free agency, even restricted free agency, you can’t predict exactly what’s going to go on.” NBA.com

June 1, 2014 Updates

Marc Stein: Stan Van Gundy on hunt for day-to-day to GM to help him in his new dual role of coach/team prez. Word is no decision yet but getting closer Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

May 30, 2014 Updates

The team said Malone and two more assistants, Bob Beyer and Charles Klask, are joining Stan Van Gundy's staff. Malone was an assistant on Van Gundy's staff at the Orlando Magic, from 2007-12. He also was a Pistons assistant coach in 1989-90 when Detroit won consecutive NBA championships under Chuck Daly. USA Today Sports

May 27, 2014 Updates

Stan Van Gundy’s reputation makes it likely good people would have wanted to work at his side no matter what the circumstances of his hiring had been. But the unique consolidation of power Tom Gores offered Van Gundy sure hasn’t hurt the quality of candidate looking to join forces with him in Detroit. “The people we hire will be great,” Van Gundy said, “and the people we decide not to hire will be great. The quality of people that want to come and work here in Detroit has been overwhelming.” NBA.com

May 25, 2014 Updates

"Dan Gilbert has some selfish interests for saying what he said," Van Gundy said on 105.1 FM in Detroit. "I think we know what those are. Finally I think he has enough to worry about with his own team than worrying about us." FOXSports.com

May 24, 2014 Updates

Stan Van Gundy has some advice for Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert: worry about your own team. After Gilbert said in a radio interview that the Pistons should remove "Detroit" from its name because they play in Auburn Hills, Van Gundy fired back at the Detroit native. "Dan Gilbert has some selfish interests for saying what he said," Van Gundy said on 105.1 FM in Detroit. "I think we know what those are. Finally I think he has enough to worry about with his own team than worrying about us." 6ABC.com

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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