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Stan Van Gundy Press Conference Audio Highlights

Did you miss yesterday’s press conference with Pistons owner Tom Gores and new president of basketball operations/head coach Stan Van Gundy?

Don’t worry, Pistons Palace will get you caught up with the best audio highlights from yesterday’s Stan Van Gundy Press Conference.

SVG explains what lured him to the Pistons job. Van Gundy says there are three things that really pushed him to accept the job as head coach and president of basketball operations.

One of the major media talking points the last few days has been that Van Gundy took the job because it gave him power to run a franchise. SVG addressed that yesterday by saying the allure of power had nothing to do with him coming to a cold weather town like Detroit.

For anybody out there that is worried about Van Gundy taking on the new role of president, he say’s he’s not only prepared for it, but he has experience in a similar structure to what the Pistons plan to implement.

Still not convinced in the SVG as President and Coach? The new head man in Detroit explains why the dual role works through some of the best basketball organizations in the league.

Part of the allure for Van Gundy is some of the talent on the current roster. It doesn’t hurt having two elite big men. SVG also says that he is ready to go to work and wipe the slate clean.

Van Gundy says one of the biggest misunderstandings about his personality is that he is blunt. He prefers to call that characteristic honesty. He plans to use it with his players and fellow members of the front office.

When asked about Andre Drummond, it became clear that he is the cornerstone of this franchise in the eyes of Van Gundy. He also explained what the organization as a whole owns to it’s big man.

It’s not just Drummond that Van Gundy wants to keep a long for a long time. From a coach and president perspective, SVG talked about how valuable Greg Monroe is and how he’s already called his agent David Falk to let them both know.

The biggest personnel problem that SVG faces as a coach is playing Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, and Greg Monroe at the same time. He addresses how that fit could work and the fact that with those three, Detroit has the best big man rotation in the Eastern Conference.

Pistons Owner Tom Gores was very vocal during Stan Van Gundy’s introductory press conference, but the most important words out of his mouth was that he understands this move is the most defining moment of the Pistons franchise since he took over ownership.

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