HoopsHype Stan Van Gundy rumors

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

May 14, 2014 Updates

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

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