Welp, it appears that Stan Van Gundy’s time as the head coach of the Detroit Pistons has come to an end.
Earlier this morning, the news broke that the Detroit Pistons and now former head coach Stan Van Gundy have parted ways. Stan Van Gundy severed as the Pistons President of Basketball Operations and Head Coach. In his 4 years as the head coach of the Pistons, Stan Van Gundy posted a regular season record of 152-176 (.463).
“We have decided that this change is necessary to take our basketball organization to the next level,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “This was a very difficult decision and we did not come to it lightly. I am grateful to Stan for everything he’s done for the Pistons and for the City of Detroit. He rebuilt the culture of our basketball team, re-instilled a winning attitude and work ethic, and took us to the playoffs two years ago. He went all-in from day one to positively impact this franchise and this community.
“But over the past two seasons our team has not progressed, and we decided that a change is necessary to regain our momentum,” Mr. Gores said, emphasizing that Mr. Van Gundy, who has a year remaining on his contract, wanted to return.
“Stan is a competitor and he wanted to finish the job,” Mr. Gores said. “He retooled a roster that we think can be very competitive in the East. I know he’s disappointed, and that he cares deeply about his players, his staff, this organization and this city. He’s also a professional who will make sure this is a seamless transition, and someone I hope will be a friend and adviser to me long after this transition is completed.’
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