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Van Gundy never sets a wins total goal at the start of a season, putting his faith in the day-to-day process that carries a team through the 82-game grind. He expects his best Pistons team yet – one with a young nucleus that returns intact since the February trade-deadline deal for Tobias Harris and one with a bolstered bench thanks to the free-agent acquisitions of Ish Smith, Jon Leuer and Boban Marjanovic. “I think we can be a better team, but I think there’s a lot of teams in the East getting better. I think the East got a lot better last year. I think it’s going to get better again and it’s going to be harder. We’ve got to control what we can control, which is being as good as we can be. I’m optimistic about the year, but I’m also realistic about the fact that we’re going to have to be better. We can’t be where we were last year.”
Reggie Bullock has had to live with the murder of his transgender sister for more than two years. He talked about it at length Friday, appearing on “The Herd” show on FS1. The Detroit Pistons forward opened up about his brother-turned-sister Mia Henderson, how he found out about the 2014 stabbing in Baltimore that left her body unidentifiable, and accepting the LGBT lifestyle. “He taught me how to be myself, he taught me how to take care of the family, how to just be — he was happy with the way he was,” Bullock said. “He wasn’t worried about how others felt about him. A person who could isolate the whole world about other peoples’ feelings is a strong person to me. That was one of the biggest things I got from him.”