HoopsHype Stan Van Gundy rumors

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We’re guessing Stan Van Gundy is going to sing a different tune during his press conference Thursday than he did nine years ago regarding Detroit Pistons fans. As Van Gundy takes over the Pistons’ basketball operations and head coaching duties, we bring up this New York Post report from May 29, 2005, in which Van Gundy called Pistons fans some of the “absolute nastiest people” when his Miami Heat were facing them in the Eastern Conference finals. Van Gundy also reportedly brought up the “Malice at the Palace” brawl earlier in the 2004-05 season in which Ron Artest entered the Palace of Auburn Hills stands after a fan threw a cup of beer at him (Van Gundy reportedly said: “what other arena did somebody throw beer on somebody?”). Detroit Free Press

Detroit became that team on Tuesday after Van Gundy blew away franchise higher-ups with his preparation — his vision for the team, his evaluation of each player, and his plan for overhauling the Pistons’ moribund culture, according to a high-level team source. Detroit got the jump on Van Gundy ahead of Golden State, and by the time he met with the Warriors, he had the Detroit option in the bag, according to several league sources. The Pistons had hired a search firm to spit out a list of candidates, but in the end, they disregarded that list when it became clear they had a shot at SVG. Grantland

He has famously clashed with two behemoth centers in O’Neal and Howard. O’Neal called Van Gundy a “master of panic,” and Howard suggested Van Gundy maintain a sunnier disposition on the sideline. He has gained a reputation as a grating type. But most of his players, at least the ones I’ve talked to, don’t feel that way. A lot of guys loved playing for Van Gundy, even with his pouting perfectionism. If you’re a pro, devoted to your craft, Van Gundy can be a godsend. Grantland

Even before the Pistons made the bold move of hiring Stan Van Gundy to be their coach and run their basketball operations on Tuesday, there was a growing consensus around the league that whomever was tabbed to replace Joe Dumars in the front office would be willing to let restricted free agent Greg Monroe go. Now, with Van Gundy in place on an eyebrow-raising contract—five years, $35 million—there is near certainty among league executives that Monroe has played his last game for Detroit. Sporting News

Van Gundy’s priority will be to work with Monroe and Falk to find a sign-and-trade deal, allowing Van Gundy to address the big weakness on his team—perimeter shooting, a vital aspect of Van Gundy’s offensive approach. The Pistons shot 32.1 percent from the 3-point line, which was 29th in the league last season. Sporting News

The Detroit Pistons announced today that Stan Van Gundy has been appointed head coach and president of basketball operations. Per team policy, terms of the agreement were not disclosed. Van Gundy will be formally introduced at a press conference in Auburn Hills tomorrow. NBA.com

“Stan is a proven winner in our league. He instills his teams with passion, purpose and toughness. He is a great teacher who will help our players grow and develop. Stan is more than just a great coach, he’s a great leader. What I’m most excited about is how Stan can help us shape the franchise and instill what it means to be the best. He’s also a great communicator. My time with Stan has me convinced that he will bring our players, team and community to a very proud place,” said Pistons Owner Tom Gores. NBA.com

Stan Van Gundy will be introduced as the Detroit Pistons' new president of basketball operations and head coach at a Thursday press conference after signing a five-year, $35 million contract late Tuesday. A team spokesman with knowledge of the negotiations confirmed this morning that Van Gundy had signed the contract. A formal announcement from the team will come later today, the official said. Booth Newspapers

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