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Stan Van Gundy fires back at Cavaliers owner after he says Pistons should remove ‘Detroit’ from their name

May 24, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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Unless you’re a Pistons fan, the best part of having Stan Van Gundy back in the league as the team’s president of basketball operations and head coach is the unabashed way in which he gives his opinions.

Van Gundy fired back at Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, who said in a recent interview that the Pistons should remove “Detroit” from their name because the team actually plays its home games in Auburn Hills.

“Detroit doesn’t have an NBA team, because they’re somewhere 30 miles north of here, right? They’re in Auburn Hills, right?” Gilbert said on “Mojo In The Morning” on 95.5 FM, via (and HoopsHype).

This aggression will not stand, man.

“Dan Gilbert has some selfish interests for saying what he said,” Van Gundy said on 105.1 FM in Detroit. “I think we know what those are. Finally I think he has enough to worry about with his own team than worrying about us.”

Van Gundy’s remarks about “selfish interests” may have to do with Gilbert having invested millions in downtown Detroit. Gilbert also has spoken to Pistons owner Tom Gores “four or five times at the owners meetings,” where he’s brought up the topic about a downtown move, according to The Detroit News. …

“Tom Gores has been involved in the city of Detroit, not just the surrounding area,” Van Gundy said. “There are teams all over the place that carry the name of the city but represent an entire area. Where we play isn’t that much relevance.”

The moral of this little back and forth is simple: Van Gundy has returned, so any slights — perceived or otherwise — will not go unnoticed, or be allowed to slip by without a biting response.

  1. sportsfan18 - May 24, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    All Stan the Man needed to say was…

    You’re REALLY interviewing Vinny Del Negro Mr. Gilbert?

    • duhwighthoward - May 25, 2014 at 2:21 AM

      Del Negro did just as good a job as Doc Rivers. What’s your point?

  2. hdsnake867 - May 24, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    Move over Mr. Musial. Van Gundy is the new “Stan the Man.” Hey Stan, don’t take any $hit from anybody.

  3. rodge1 - May 24, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Stan is awesome.

  4. AZ Dem - May 24, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Van Gundy has no role in this. This is about investing in the infrastructure of the city of Detroit. The Tigers manned up. The Pistons play in a lily white community which is a tax haven for corporations. It’s basically one office park after another.

    And yes, this is about race. The Pistons don’t pay any taxes to Detroit. And if you haven’t noticed, most of the Pistons are black, and Detroit has very large black population.

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 24, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      So, you’re saying the Pistons’ owner should get the Sterling treatment? He’s discriminating against black folks by playing where you think they can’t get to games. That’s just ridiculous.
      Here’s tonight’s homework: Find out where each player on that team lives, and report back. A dollar says none of them live in Detroit. I guess that makes them racist too.
      People who think everything is about race need to check themselves before opening their stupidholes.

    • rcj22001 - May 24, 2014 at 5:53 PM

      Got to be one of the dumbest things I’ve read all week. The Palace has been around since 1988. So I guess we should go dig up the corpse of Mr. Davidson and let him know that because he chose to build a state of the art facility that wasn’t downtown, he’s a racist… what a maroon!

    • rcj22001 - May 24, 2014 at 5:55 PM

      ….and, considering that, at the time, Oakland County was one of the wealthiest in the country, it was a pretty savvy business move.

    • jimeejohnson - May 24, 2014 at 6:13 PM

      What I liked about the Palace was all the trees surrounding the parking lot. So glad it wasn’t in downtown Detroit, not because of Black people, but because of prices for parking, etc. And, no trees. When I go to Michigan I need trees and lots of them.

    • kgsmith - May 24, 2014 at 7:13 PM

      Not sure if you realize this, but 95% of the NBA is black.. which I find in itself to be racist. When a league which is consisting of more then half blacks, how are they considered to be minorities? I don’t have racist bone in my body, what I do have is hatred towards ignorance. if you are going to claim racism due to what someone says behind closed doors, and force him to sell his team with a lifetime ban, then do the same when someone states in public that there needs to be an all black basketball league. And when there are not enough black owners, coaches or general managers, stop looking at it due to racism and look at it as a reason of not being qualified, the same as you would look at the reason as to not enough whites in the league, they are not qualified.. quit throwing the race card like it is an ace of spades in a game of 21.

      • tracerbob - May 24, 2014 at 7:50 PM

        It’s his franchise. Not his team. If you really haven’t grasped that part of the argument then you never will. What Donald Sterling did was detrimental to the league and it’s sponsors. Doesn’t matter how he got caught. If he owned a Subway, BK or any franchise it’s no different.

      • kgsmith - May 24, 2014 at 8:11 PM

        You are missing the point. I get what Donald Sterling said was wrong, my point is that if you are going to hold standards for what he said as being wrong, and kicking him out of the league, then do the same for Larry Johnson.. Charles Barkley, etc.. they made disparaging comments towards whites and other races, yet there is no punishment for them. I could care less if the person making the comment is an owner, player or fan.

  5. mikeymo74 - May 24, 2014 at 4:56 PM

    I’m not a fan of Stan, but Gilbert really needs to just keep his mouth shut. Now that Donald Sterling is gone, he’s now in the running with Dolan for worst owner in the NBA.

    • eugenesaxe1 - May 24, 2014 at 5:30 PM

      Until Dolan shows he’s staying out of Phil’s way, it’s still no contest.

  6. jasper36 - May 24, 2014 at 5:29 PM

    Didn’t Lebron play for the Akron Cavaliers?

    • sportsfan18 - May 24, 2014 at 5:49 PM

      Really? And 5 thumbs up at the time I’m writing this…

      The Cavs arena is IN Cleveland… Quickens Loan Arena is downtown, very CLOSE to the Tigers ballpark.

      Quickens Loan Arean, 1 Center St, Cleveland, OH 44115

      AND, Akron is 40 miles south of Cleveland…

      NO, LBJ did NOT play for the Akron Cavaliers…

      • jasper36 - May 24, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        It was a joke!

  7. cueghost - May 24, 2014 at 5:38 PM

    Stan Tan Gundy in the house

    • jimeejohnson - May 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM

      That’s a GOOD one!

  8. jimeejohnson - May 24, 2014 at 6:10 PM

    Ultimate is New Yawk’s football teams: they play in another state called New Jersey. Not sure what exit.

    • jimeejohnson - May 24, 2014 at 6:11 PM

      is = are

  9. nickmiller63 - May 24, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    So if I were to ask him about Kinko’s, he’d say “Yes Nick, I’m a duplicitous jerk,” because he just tells it like it is. Right?

  10. campcouch - May 24, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    We just made this news. I’m dumb.

  11. lastdukestreetking - May 24, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    I miss SVG here in Orlando…

  12. andreboy1 - May 24, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    Stan Van Gundy has sick handles

    • duhwighthoward - May 25, 2014 at 2:26 AM

      I know.

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