Stan Van Gundy Rumors
That means the competition between Lorenzo Brown and Ray McCallum could be decided during a closed scrimmage on Saturday at the Pistons’ practice facility. “I mean, we certainly haven’t made a decision yet,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said earlier this week. “I would say in our coaches’ meetings — our coaches’ room — I think there’s been a lot of back and forth.”
Van Gundy points to higher drug incarceration rates for blacks, a proposed stop-and-frisk policy in minority communities by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and discriminatory policies against people of color. “They made a group decision and they didn’t force it on anybody,” Van Gundy said of the players involved in the protest. “Their main issue is the police violence against people of color. And I’m certainly concerned with that and support their concern there, but to me – as you know – it goes further than that.”
Before the Pistons’ preseason loss in Brooklyn on Thursday, Van Gundy said that, even if Jackson was healthy, he would have liked to reduced his team’s dependence on its point guard. “He’ll bring the ball up every time and will still run, probably, more pick-and-rolls than anybody in the league,” Van Gundy said. “But yeah, I would like to diversify our offense a little bit. And obviously, his time out will force us to do that. So, long run, that could be a good thing.” It doesn’t mean that Caldwell-Pope or any of the Pistons’ other wings are going to start running pick-and-rolls themselves. Instead, we’ll see a heavier dose of other actions.
Reggie Jackson has decided on a course of action to help with the pain in his left knee, and it’s a familiar one. The Detroit Pistons point guard will receive a platelet-rich plasma injection Monday in New York, coach Stan Van Gundy confirmed, the same non-surgical procedure he underwent while dealing with knee tendinitis in 2011.