There are a lot of questions about what Stan Van Gundy brings to the table as the next head coach of the Detroit Pistons. Today, there have been tons of rumors swirling around about the future of the team’s roster. We’ve heard everything from Greg Monroe cannot fit in SVG’s plans because his offense demands just one presence in the post to hold your horses, Van Gundy will do everything he can to keep him because he’s a favorite of the head coach.
For now though, let’s just focus on the presence of the man on the court and what it means to the city of Detroit.
Sports Illustrated’s Maggie Gray sat down with senior writer Michael Rosenberg to talk about the significant changes that will be made for the upcoming season. Rosenberg, a fellow Michigander, believes that with a few small moves the Pistons will be in the playoffs next year.
He also touches on how SVG would most likely be more interested in dealing Josh Smith and bringing back Greg Monroe if at all possible this off-season. When asked about what he felt would be the identity of the new look Pistons, Rosenberg stated that the one thing he knows is that people will recognize that this team is well coached. He also believes Van Gundy’s blue collar mentality will be a hit in Detroit because his straight talker attitude well represents the fans of the blue and red.
It makes sense that Van Gundy would be interested in dealing Josh Smith before giving up on Greg Monroe. Smith doesn’t have a problem with authority, but has often been known to do things his own way. The question is, would anyone be open to taking on such a monster contract for a player that digressed majorly last season in his first year with Detroit.