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That doesn’t mean he’s not trying, though. Using his connection with Stan Van Gundy, his former head coach with the Orlando Magic and now the head coach and president of basketball operations for Detroit, he got himself an invite to Summer League for a chance to prove himself. Van Gundy guaranteed him nothing in providing the opportunity, but Cook is hoping to make the most of it, if only to show his gratitude to Van Gundy. “He was one of the first guys I called in being a free agent because I’m very comfortable with his offense,” Cook said. “I look back at my career, and he’s one of the few coaches that really cared about me and held me accountable. When you’re young, you don’t realize that. I’ve been at home with my kids and my wife, and I’ve matured during that process. (Van Gundy) gave me a shot to come down here. I’m ready.” Basketball Insiders

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He did say that before he hired general manager Jeff Bower he made sure individuals with diverse backgrounds and ethnicities were interviewed. “We contacted five people on the GM’s job; three of them were minority candidates,” Van Gundy said. “We got permission to talk to four people, one we did not. We went through a very thorough process on the thing. I’m glad that topic was brought up. I think it’s an important one, not just in the NBA but throughout society in general. I hope, quite honestly, it’s a fair question and you should question us on it all the time. “This is an organization, with Tom (Gores) and his partners and certainly with Jeff and myself, we’ll be committed to diversity. Wait until out staff is filled out and then we can really have a good discussion as to where you think we landed on that whole issue.“ Detroit Free Press

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The D-League's 50-game regular season begins in November and Van Gundy said he envisions hiring a head coach who incorporates Pistons principles and runs the same system. Van Gundy said his target date for having front-office and coaching staffs in place is Sept. 1. He said he would be comfortable with his three new Pistons assistants, Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer and Charles Klask, coaching the July 5-11 Orlando Pro Summer League. Booth Newspapers

The Detroit Pistons have a new tool at their disposal with an NBA Development League team in suburban Grand Rapids. At question is how they use it. Stan Van Gundy said it's a big part of the Pistons' development plan for young players. "If you get that coach integrated with what you're doing, and you're playing the same system and everything else, I think that D-League thing can be very, very valuable," the Pistons' president of basketball operations and head coach said. "And we'll take the hiring of that coach as a very big part of our staff because I think it can be that valuable." The Pistons established a hybrid affiliation with the yet-to-be-nicknamed Grand Rapids franchise when local owners bought the NBDL's former Springfield (Mass.) Armor in March. The team will begin play in the 2014-15 season at DeltaPlex Arena in Walker. Booth Newspapers

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The message might well get meted out in fits and starts as Stan Van Gundy makes the rounds to meet individually with Pistons players over the off-season. But when they convene again as a team in early October to open his first training camp, it will come in one concentrated burst: Defense isn’t optional. “As I’ll say to our players when we get together to start the year, ‘It’s on us.’ At the defensive end, in particular. No excuses here,” Van Gundy said. “With what we have on the roster, we have everything we need physically. “Now, do we have the commitment? Are we willing to do the hard things that it takes to win basketball games? Do we care about our teammates? Are we going to buy in to the system and do it? Are we going to execute on a daily basis? Those are questions I can’t answer yet, but do we have everything we need to be good defensively? We absolutely do.” NBA.com

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