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|Description||Powerful Stan Van Gundy to rebuild Detroit Pistons his way with his guys
AUBURN HILLS In small,imitate bulgari diva collection price, crowded rooms at The Palace on Tuesday, Stan Van Gundy spoke at great length and with determined optimism of better teams and better times for the downtrodden Detroit Pistons. Augustin.
At the very least, he promised, there will be competition for jobs as he shakes out the roster by collecting veteran second tier free agents who will be loyal to his new regime.
"When you been where we been the last few years, everything wide open," Van Gundy said of jobs. "These two guys certainly will play major roles."
He said he told Butler: "We not bringing you here just to teach the young guys. You got to play to lead, especially with a new group."
Butler formerly with the Heat, Lakers, Wizards, Mavericks, Clippers, Bucks and Thunder promised as much.
can shock a lot of people, Butler said. can do something extremely special. He also described himself as shoulder to lean on. in the arena biggest room, 22,076 seats sat empty and few sounds were heard. Last spring, when the team might have bottomed out at 29 53 for the second consecutive season, lack of fans and happy sounds were obvious in the building with the NBA largest seating capacity.
With 10 years since their last championship and five since their last playoff appearance, the Pistons' reported average attendance of 15,005 per home game was 26th best in a 30 team league last season.
No way that many customers would again pay to see last season assortment of mismatched parts. The year highlight was that ESPN retrospective of the "Bad Boys" two championships a quarter century ago.
On Monday, Van Gundy introduced free agent guard Jodie Meeks. Soon to come are two more free agents, center Aaron Gray and guard forward Cartier Martin. Van Gundy still is trying to sign forward Greg Monroe, a restricted free agent.
would love to have Greg long term, Van Gundy said. have great respect for him both as a person and as a player. Right off the bat, he was the first guy I went and saw. Monroe might be more comfortable if Van Gundy sheds another player or two. He certainly has the power. Next season, half of last season team could be gone.
None of Van Gundy free agent quintet will be confused with LeBron James (who moved back to Cleveland from Miami) or Carmelo Anthony (who signed to stay with New York),fake bvlgari ring collection. But they are Van Gundy brand on the personnel.
particular, those four guys have to take a step forward and have better years,replica bulgari gold pendant, Van Gundy said. have got to play at a higher level. unspoken but implied message: If you guys don improve, you may sit or be traded.
While taking care to praise his players and promising to reward effort and defense, he made clear that competition provides both carrots and sticks.
you not willing to play at the effort level or play with the unselfishness we want, we got another answer, he said.
With a five year contract for $35 million, Van Gundy makes more money and has more job security than some of his players, not always the case in pro sports.
The only other coaches in the league with this much clout over their rosters are Greg Popovich of San Antonio and Doc Rivers with the Los Angeles Clippers. Popovich just won a league championship.
Is this coach/president thing a trend?
see, Van Gundy said. lot of times, success will determine if it a trend. If it working everywhere, it probably will be a little bit of a trend. selected in the second round (38th overall) for his first draft pick guard Spencer Dinwiddie, who may miss much of next season following knee surgery Van Gundy will get a pass on his first Detroit draft.
And unlike some fans in some cities, Detroiters are patient and (mostly) rational. Anything more than 29 victories in an 82 game season will seem like an improvement. Anything close to .500 will feel like success. A playoff berth would well, let not get carried away.
nobody likes going through 29 wins and things like that, Van Gundy said. wants to get this thing right. could take a while and Van Gundy should be secure for a gradual build. He a battle scarred veteran of the college and pro coaching profession and won be easily discouraged.
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