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January 8, 2015 Updates

Detroit fans, already stung by an officiating controversy in the Lions' NFL playoff loss Sunday here in Dallas, and who already embrace the "Detroit vs. Everybody" concept, latched on to Van Gundy's plea. "That's funny," Van Gundy said, when told fans have taken his words as symbolism. "It's a one-tenth-of-a-second-to-go play, where it would take a miracle anyway, and all of a sudden, that's the deal. But who knows? If they're having fun with it, it's great. Because it's been tough for our fans this year. So if they're finding something to have fun with, I'm all for it." Booth Newspapers

January 6, 2015 Updates
December 31, 2014 Updates

Stan Van Gundy, who coached the Magic for five seasons, said his current position as president and head coach of the Pistons will prove to be his last job. "I've got five years and I'll be 60 and I've promised my wife, seriously, (that he will retire). I wanted one more shot at it, but I've got a great owner, a great situation with great tradition and I should be able to get it turned around in the time that he's given me. If I don't, I don't." USA Today Sports

December 30, 2014 Updates

The Pistons beefed-up front office includes four full-time NBA scouts. They're spread out across the country and Van Gundy estimates that they scout – not just watch, but study and file reports on – 85 to 90 percent of all NBA games. General manager Jeff Bower says that by mid-December, those scouts had filed 6,000 scouting reports. "I get a call on a player, I can go right to his report card and see my weekly grades from the scouting staff," Bower said. "Week by week, you can read the narrative and pull it all together to see if he's going up, if he's going down, why he's been out, why all of a sudden his minutes have increased. But you don't have information like that if you're not following it every day and every game and every week. That's where the day-to-day compounding of information comes in really having value." NBA.com

In studying how NBA teams were put together, Van Gundy kept coming back to the fact that for most teams, more than half of players were drafted by another team. "There tends to be an opinion that we just know the NBA players and I don't think we really watch them as closely as we need to and those are huge decisions," he said. "You don't want to make a mistake in the draft, but the way it's set up now, if you make a mistake in the draft at least it's low cost. If you're going to go out and spend $14 million a year, $15 million a year on a guy and you make a mistake, now you're really hurting. So I just want to weight it a little bit more." NBA.com

December 23, 2014 Updates

The Pistons now have an open roster spot. Van Gundy said there is no particular player they have in mind to fill it. And having the spot gives them the flexibility that a rebuilding team covets. "Maybe find a guy off the waiver wire, a D-League guy, something like that," Van Gundy said. "Or in a trade where you send one guy out and get two guys back. It does give you some flexibility and I think flexibility right now in trying to move things forward is important." NBA.com

December 22, 2014 Updates

"We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future. As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced. "In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it's best to give him his freedom to move forward. We have full respect for Josh as a player and a person." Booth Newspapers

December 19, 2014 Updates

They probably wouldn't put out a sign that says "everyone must go," but the feeling could be close to that in Auburn Hills. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed his franchise is making calls to other teams to shake things up. "Yeah, we're looking to get better and we're looking to put ourselves in a better place down the road, too," Van Gundy said. "We're active, we're talking to people." Detroit News

December 16, 2014 Updates

Pistons coach and president Stan Van Gundy has promised to take a hard look at the roster and rotation during next week's Christmas break. And owner Tom Gores, who has said several times in the past that he thinks the roster has good players, didn't disagree with his first-year executive. "We've got to reassess what we're doing, and that's one thing great about Stan: He's not sitting around saying, 'Hey, we're just going to stick to the game plan.' He's changing things up," Gores said. "You've seen, he's got a different starting lineup at times. He reassesses things every single minute. So we're just trying to make progress." Detroit Free Press

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