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Report: Stan Van Gundy signs contract with Pistons

May 14, 2014, 8:44 AM EDT

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Stan Van Gundy to the Pistons progressed very quickly.

And now it’s a done deal.

Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

Marc Stein of ESPN:

I’m curious whether Van Gundy’s presentation differentiated between how he viewed each player as coach and as president – because the outlooks can, and probably should, be different.

Generally, I don’t like one person running the front office and serving as head coach. It’s a lot of work, and checks and balances can be helpful. Coaching on a day-to-day basis is an emotional exercise, and if the coach also has power to trade and waive players, that can lead to some irreversible transactions. Get mad at a player and bench him, and you can undo that whenever you want. Get mad at a player and trade him, and he’s staying traded.

But it works in San Antonio with Gregg Popovich, and Doc Rivers seems to have helped the Clippers by taking that role (though that franchise’s management was coming from a low place). Van Gundy doesn’t have the résumé of those two, but it can work in Detroit.

I’m swayed by the fact that Van Gundy is such a good coach and there were no clear-cut great front-office executives available. If this was the only way to get Van Gundy to sign on the dotted line, this was the right time to roll the dice on this setup.

  1. mortalkondek - May 14, 2014 at 9:17 AM

    I’m in. Pass me a cup of that Piston Blue Kool Aid.

  2. snipedanglecelly13 - May 14, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Interested to know how SVG will turn this team around, three big men that can’t shoot outside along with trigger happy Jennings. I’m thinking there’s gonna be some trades to help fix this mess

  3. csbanter - May 14, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    This is all about power. SVG is a decent coach but to give him total control of the Pistons is a bit of a reach. Pistons owner should have hired both Van Gundys. One to coach and the other for GM.

    • spursareold - May 14, 2014 at 10:50 AM

      Too much whining if you hire both VGs. Heck, most teams and fanbases can barely handle one.

      • cmehustle - May 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

        Lol!!! Dam what a shouting match that would be lol

    • cmehustle - May 14, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Yea still a bit suprising to see him get hired for both jobs. SVG the coach I love. SVG the POTDP Im not sure about….

    • mortalkondek - May 14, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      I don’t think he would have come here if Gores didn’t give him full control of basketball operations. It’s a risk worth taking.

  4. snipedanglecelly13 - May 14, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    SVG has his hands full with this team

  5. gatorguru - May 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    Didn’t Shaq call him “coach panic”?A retread in my book….a very wealthy retread.

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