Stan Van Gundy Rumors
Stephen Zimmerman, the 7-foot center who played one year at UNLV, was another player the Pistons interviewed. Stan Van Gundy, Detroit’s president of basketball operations and head coach, may have his eye on a floor-stretching center and noted late last season that about 40 percent of NBA teams have one. “It was real cool to have him (Van Gundy) in there,” during the interview, Zimmerman said, “and they gave me a lot of good feedback on stuff that I need to work on. I think I did well in that interview.” The Las Vegas native averaged 10.5 points and 8.7 rebounds in his only college season.
Q: You’re two years in, and you made the playoffs in Year No. 2 as the No. 8 seed. Are you ahead of where you thought you’d be? Behind? Stan Van Gundy: “Well, we made progress. You’re never satisfied when you haven’t won even a playoff game. We got swept. We’re not satisfied. But we made progress. The thing we were able to do — we got younger and better at the same time. That’s not an easy thing to do. Our owner wanted to try to win and get in the playoffs, but he didn’t want to sacrifice the future to do it.”
Q: Your defense slipped after the Tobias Harris trade, when he became your power forward, even if he and Marcus Morris would swap assignments a lot on both ends. Kevin Love hurt you in the post. Is your power forward defense good enough with those two, or do you need to add a guy with a little more bulk for certain matchups? Stan Van Gundy: “A little bit of both. We’ve gotta do a better job schematically, maybe fronting the post more when they’re in there together. But we do need to add somebody there who can help us in those situations. There aren’t a lot of power forwards left that can really take you down there, and even if they do, we can usually get an advantage on the other end. But we do need that area covered better, and it’ll be something we try to address in the offseason. But we have to do a better job as coaches, and those guys have to do a better job individually.”
Q: Do you want to give me crap right now on behalf of all the media who said you overpaid for Reggie Jackson? Stan Van Gundy: “I just think a lot of those contracts after this coming summer are gonna look a lot different, whether it’s Reggie Jackson or DeMarre Carroll, or whoever. Those contracts are gonna look a bit better after this summer, because this is gonna be crazy.”
Marc J. Spears: 2015-16 NBA Executive of the Year voting results. https://t.co/IJoYIT5kb0 . R.C. Buford, 77 points. Neil Olshey, 63. Bob Myers, 38. Masai Ujiri, 18. Rich Cho, 17. Danny Ainge, 13. David Griffin, 10. Stan Van Gundy, 6. Pat Riley, 6. Sam Presti, 5. Sam Hinkie, 5. Wes Wilcox, 1. John Hammond, 1. Dennis Lindsey, 1.
Drummond, who had a horrific season at the line — making just 36 percent — potentially could be changing his style to underhand free throws next season. There’s no guarantee, but Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said the unorthodox style popularized in the 1970s by Barry — who shot 89 percent from the line in his career, including 90 percent or higher in his last eight seasons — could be on the horizon for Drummond.