Stan Van Gundy Rumors
On Saturday, Gores had a three-hour meeting with Van Gundy. The owner and coach both emerged with excitement about the Pistons’ future despite that poor six-week stretch since early December. “We’ve got a bump in the road, and that’s what success is about — you have to work through it. It’s all about having rough times and your ability to work through,” Gores told reporters. “I never worry about Stan, because he wants to win. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever seen in my life. I believe in him as a man and I believe in him as a strong person.”
Gores said Sunday he believes the Pistons “are going to make a run” this season. “[Gores’] thing was not to overreact to six weeks out of what has been a 2½-year process,” Van Gundy said. “It was good to sit down and talk through things and get his perspective on things.”
After being away from the team early last week to attend the trial of the man accused of killing his sibling, and missing weeks because of a left knee injury, Bullock returned to the playing floor Friday night at Utah. Bullock played well enough for Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy to give him the start at shooting guard Sunday night against the Los Angeles Lakers (9:30, FSD) in place of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who missed his second straight game with a left rotator cuff strain. “I think it speaks very highly of him and his character and his ability to focus,” Van Gundy said. “To leave a murder trial and to come back and play (Friday) and the whole thing. Pretty remarkable.”
#Pistons SVG on defensive woes 🔥🔥🔥: “We can’t stop anybody – we just can’t. For the first 21 games, we were the second-best defensive team in the league and now we’re the worst. I’m frustrated – not with our players; I’m frustrated with myself that I can’t figure this out.
The Pistons will have one Reggie but not the other, most likely, for their nationally televised test at Golden State. Reggie Jackson was treated for dehydration in the training room at Sacramento after Tuesday’s loss – in which the offense sputtered in the fourth quarter as the Pistons lost an 18-point second-half lead – and went through practice Wednesday afternoon at Oracle Arena. He should be good to go, both he and Stan Van Gundy said.
As for Reggie Bullock, out since Nov. 23 with meniscus damage in his left knee that was surgically repaired in early December, Van Gundy said Tuesday that Bullock felt he needed to get one more practice under his belt to be ready. That would have come Wednesday, but Bullock returned to North Carolina, Van Gundy said, for a personal matter with the team’s blessing. It’s uncertain when he’ll rejoin the team.
It’s unclear how long Leuer will be out, but coach Stan Van Gundy indicated it’s likely not serious, but they’re being cautious. While Leuer is sidelined, Tobias Harris will start in his place. “Obviously, we’re concerned; we don’t think it’s any major problem but he’s got some fluid in there,” Van Gundy said following Tuesday morning’s shootaround at Golden 1 Center. “(Team physician) Dr. (Stephen) Lemos will look at the MRI today and then we’ll get a better idea of where we’re headed. From a comfort standpoint, he’s not able to go tonight.”