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What did the time off from coaching give you that you're using now? Stan Van Gundy: It gives you a little perspective to think about things. But quite honestly, it's not like I spent my two years off thinking about what I was going to do next. I was enjoying the hell out of it, quite honestly. I didn't even know if I'd go back to coaching. I just knew if I did, it would be a situation where the organization was very unified, where there wasn't front office and management pulling against coaches. The one thing I did do in the two years off was talk to coaches. NBA.com

Stan Van Gundy: So you're talking to all of these guys, and you realize it's a pretty rare situation in this league, to have a front office and a coaching staff that are truly aligned. Obviously, if you ask any of them, they all say they are. But when you talk to coaches, you realize it's a pretty rare situation. I knew I didn't want to go back to being in one of those situations. I didn't know what would happen. But that was the thing that appealed to me about the [Pistons] job as it was. Number one, that's what Tom Gores was looking for -- as he called it, at the very first meeting, he wanted more synergy between the front office and the playing court. That was music to my ears. People asked me, did you want control? It had nothing to do with that. I wanted the same thing he wanted. This is a pretty good model to get that, at least. I think because of the setup, we've got 40 people in basketball operations, and everybody is in the same direction. NBA.com

And while he didn’t fine himself for his commentary, Carlisle did say that he received a proper penance. “It’s closed,” Carlisle said. “I’ve received my punishment. My wife and daughter became full-time Chandler Parsons Twitter and Instagram followers.” Asked if they showed him the photograph on social media of a shirtless Parsons showing off his six-pack abs, Carlisle said: “Oh yeah, it’s great.” Dallas Morning News

October 12, 2014 Updates

Jazz big man Enes Kanter agrees practices are plenty hard, and although he wouldn’t say they’re necessarily harder than last year, they are more focused. “We’re talking and communicating and going 100 percent,’’ Kanter said. “Sometimes you lose focus and it’s normal, but Coach Quin gets on us and says, ‘Hey you’re losing focus.’ (Practice) is pretty hard, but it’s more mental — you have to keep your focus on what we’re doing in here.’’ Deseret News

Jazz newcomer Steve Novak, who has played for a variety of coaches in his 10-year career with seven different teams, has been impressed with Snyder and the way he is coaching the Jazz. “It’s a little different,’’ Novak said. “I’ve played for guys like Jeff Van Gundy and on the opposite side guys like Mike D’Antoni and in between those guys. I think Quin definitely understands for us to be successful, we have to be good defensively and talks about that a lot. But also offensively that’s where he’s a great basketball mind. We see that in the film sessions and in the huddles. He has a lot of offensive stuff that we haven’t even scratched yet.’’ Deseret News

October 11, 2014 Updates

He's had his share of high-pressurized coaching gigs. This isn't unfamiliar territory for Blatt. On the other hand, he hasn't fully experienced the enormity of what is about to come his way in coaching a team that consists of All-Stars LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving. "I would have come to the NBA regardless of the roster," Blatt said. "I wanted to come home. And when I came, it wasn't the same roster obviously. I had a pretty good job before. I wanted to come here." Cleveland Plain Dealer

October 10, 2014 Updates

Did you have to make a Knicks-or-Warriors decision? Kerr: Yes. NBA.com: What did that come down to? Kerr: Everything I just referenced. New York was very intriguing, especially my relationship with Phil and the opportunity he was presenting me, and the Knicks, the franchise itself and the history. But it would have been a really, really difficult situation in terms of the family and being all the way across the country. I just felt better suited to work with these guys here, this younger roster with a more established core. It just felt more comfortable. NBA.com

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