HoopsHype Stan Van Gundy rumors

December 8, 2014 Updates

The website FanSided exposed Drummond's issue when it reported Drummond snapped a photo of himself speeding at 97 m.p.h. on I-75. He posted the photo to Snapchat, a photo-sharing service. That's when it was spotted by FanSided. The state's legal speed limit is 70 m.p.h. there is also the matter of Michigan's distracted driving law. Drummond, 21, fessed up after Saturday night's overtime loss to the 76ers. "Yes," said Drummond when asked if he was the subject of the photo at the Palace on Saturday night. "It was a silly mistake. I'll own up to it and move on from here. It won't happen again." Detroit Free Press

Van Gundy recalls having similar concerns with Wizards center Marcin Gortat when they were both with the Orlando Magic. At the airport Gortat would zoom off going over 100 m.p.h., worrying Van Gundy about his driving speed. "It's not just an example; it's safety," Van Gundy said. "I still to this day every time I see Gortat, I ask him if he's slowed down. "It's scary to me." Detroit Free Press

December 3, 2014 Updates

The Detroit Pistons' coach, wearied by a ninth consecutive loss Tuesday, 106-96 to the Los Angeles Lakers, tore into his team as one that is "messed up" mentally, "awful" offensively, and wracked with "dilemmas" -- he used that word five times -- that led them to play better in preseason than regular season. "We're really messed up right now, I mean we're really messed up as a team," Van Gundy said. "Lot of dilemmas. Lot of guys feeling pressure or whatever. But we're really not right mentally right now. That's what we talked about. That's got to change before anything else does." Booth Newspapers

But it was little things, like the Lakers diving twice for loose balls on the same second-half possession while the Pistons stood and watched, that gnawed at Van Gundy. "The real problem, in my opinion -- and I told them this, so I'm not speaking behind their back; I'll never say something to you I haven't said to them -- we don't play hard enough," he said. "There's too many nights -- in fact, almost every night -- where the other team plays harder and with more energy than we do. You don't deserve to win like that. You don't." Booth Newspapers

December 2, 2014 Updates

Here's what Van Gundy said to a question about whether he was satisfied with the pace of his offense and the number of possessions the Pistons got per game. "Our energy level in general, at both ends – half court, full court – needs to improve. We've talked about that a lot as a team. It's probably the No. 1 priority and encompasses a lot of things. We've got to get a higher energy level, a better motor. I don't totally know how to do that. A lot of that is within you. If I could only change one thing and I could wave a magic wand and change it, that would be my thing. We have to play with higher energy because it would take care of a lot of things. We do a lot of walking and jogging." NBA.com

November 26, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy, after a chunk of games that has his team at the bottom of the Eastern Conference, paying an early deposit with the 76ers for a good seat at next May's draft lottery, has begun to realize that balance is probably more delicate than his dual titles as coach and president of basketball operations. "I don't think it's gonna be overnight," Van Gundy said. "I'd like it to be. Tom would like it to be, but I don't think it's gonna be an overnight thing." "Last night it was an hour and a half, just talking about our roster and where we're headed and the whole thing. What I feel good about, what I don't like. It was two days of texts." Detroit News

November 25, 2014 Updates
November 24, 2014 Updates

How about Brandon Jennings, the league’s worst shooting point guard the last few years, now blaming Stan Van Gundy in comments to Detroit media: "If you ask the question about why we're not making shots, we don't shoot. We don't shoot in practice. We haven't really had a chance to work on our games or anything. When we do have shootarounds, we're not able to get up shots like we should. I just think if you're going to have shootaround in the morning, I think it's good that you get loose and you should work on shots that you're going to take in the game. Even before, after practice, we've got to start getting in the gym, just working on our game more." Who’s stopping him? NBA.com

November 22, 2014 Updates

Brandon Jennings didn't have the greatest of weeks but the Detroit Pistons point guard said Friday that his team's errant shooting may be reparable with repetitions. "If you ask the question about why we're not making shots, we don't shoot," Jennings said after Friday's 99-89 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. "We don't shoot in practice. We haven't really had a chance to work on our games or anything. When we do have shootarounds, we're not able to get up shots like we should." Booth Newspapers

November 20, 2014 Updates

"Caldwell-Pope got it and you know he doesn't have any heart, so we knew he was going to miss," Morris said. Van Gundy wasn't going to let such an insult slide. "I'm not quite sure - maybe he knows - I'm not quite sure what Markieff Morris has accomplished in the league that gets him to the point of mouthing off," Van Gundy said after today's practice. "I mean, I don't like the mouthing off anyway. "It seems to me you should at least participate in a playoff game before you do. But maybe not, maybe that's not the standard anymore." Detroit Free Press

"I wouldn't use the words that I feel sorry for them, because it's not that type of game," Van Gundy said, "but I have empathy for those guys who finished and how hard they played and everything else, the effort they gave to try to get that done." Booth Newspapers

November 15, 2014 Updates

Jennings is shooting 49.3 percent (37 of 75) over the last five games, including 53.1 percent (17 of 32) on 3-pointers. He scored 32 points in Wednesday's loss at Washington, then 29 more in Friday's win at Oklahoma City. "You look at his shooting percentages, particularly over the last five or six games, you look at his assist-to-turnover ratio, and he's only 25 years old and he's starting to get it now," Van Gundy said after the Pistons' 96-89 overtime win at Oklahoma City. "He's starting to play efficiently, not just throwing up a lot of shots and getting points. His shooting percentages are going up." Booth Newspapers

November 11, 2014 Updates

So he preached what he has preached with regularity lately -- transition defense, blocking out on rebounds, adhering to defensive game plans, setting good screens -- at his post-game press conference Sunday and again at his pre-game press conference Monday. He then watched the Pistons fail at every single element as Chicago took a 60-44 halftime lead. "We didn't guard anybody," Van Gundy said. "They had 60 points, they had 12 fast-break points, at halftime. We didn't guard anybody. We didn't compete." Booth Newspapers

November 3, 2014 Updates

Van Gundy said Martin is feeling better and Meeks can now begin some more aggressive conditioning work. Even Gigi Datome is in the mix, he said. And he blamed himself for not getting Jonas Jerebko--a 3-point threat from the power forward position--in Saturday'’s game while playing Josh Smith 44 minutes. "“I didn’'t find minutes for him and I think that was a mistake,"” he said. "“As I told these guys today, we are truly in this together. They'’ve got to get better at some things, but it'’s not like I’m laying it all on them. There are some things where I'’ve got to get better and one of them is, at some point here in the near future, I'’ve got to do a better job with our rotation and who we’re going to play.”" NBA.com

November 2, 2014 Updates

Gores conceded: "Business is not always fun. Being successful is not always fun." But he added, "Stan has made me a better owner." He said they exchange text messages daily, meet frequently in person and talk on the phone when they can. "We should be at the forefront," Gores said of his franchise. "We have a history. We have a legacy." Booth Newspapers

Brooklyn's Joe Johnson didn't help him find any, scoring 14 points of a decisive 16-2 fourth-quarter run, and 34 for the game, but it's the offensive end where the Pistons have struggled even more. They are averaging 86.7 points and shooting 21.9 percent on 3-pointers. "I just don't have a great handle on our team, especially at the offensive end," Van Gundy said. Defensively, tonight, we got tuned up by a great player. But offensively, I've got to get a better handle, and I will. I'll keep working my butt off and we'll get it figured out. But I don't have it figured out right now. We'll get it rolling at times and not at other times." Booth Newspapers

October 31, 2014 Updates

"We just absolutely melted down, hung our heads, and basically, the group on the floor were willing to let the game go. They were willing to let the game go," Van Gundy said. "We got five guys in there who weren't willing to let the game go and we got back in it. "But that was very, very disappointing. That was the first adversity we hit this year and we failed the test badly." Booth Newspapers

October 26, 2014 Updates

The Pistons move on with Stan Van Gundy as head coach and president of basketball operations, and Laimbeer is optimistic he will succeed in Detroit. "I think he's going to be successful. He's the coach and the head of the operations so the players can no longer go around the head coach as they have for the past 10-12 years in that franchise," Laimbeer told Foster. "That in itself is a positive. He brings a new fresh air of competitiveness. There's some rebuilding to do with the fan base, no question about that, but he's a grinder and he'll get through it." Detroit Free Press

October 23, 2014 Updates

Stan Van Gundy took a question about the Detroit Pistons' vote on NBA draft lottery reform and turned it into a compelling lobby against maximum individual salaries for NBA players, which he deemed anti-competitive for elite players and teams alike. "They don't say to Bruce Springsteen, 'You can only get 25 percent of the proceeds and 75 percent's got to go to the E Street Band.' I mean, that's not the way it works," Van Gundy said Wednesday. Booth Newspapers

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