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Tom Gores Backs Stan Van Gundy Despite Slow Start For Pistons

Jan 16, 2017 10:40 AM

Tom Gores expressed "absolute confidence" in coach/president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy despite the Detroit Pistons' slow start to the season.

The Pistons entered 16-17 with high expectations but they have a 19-24 record.

On Saturday, Gores had a three-hour meeting with Van Gundy.

"We've got a bump in the road, and that's what success is about -- you have to work through it. It's all about having rough times and your ability to work through," Gores told reporters. "I never worry about Stan, because he wants to win. He's the hardest worker I've ever seen in my life. I believe in him as a man and I believe in him as a strong person."

Gores said Sunday he believes the Pistons "are going to make a run" this season.

"[Gores'] thing was not to overreact to six weeks out of what has been a 2½-year process,'' Van Gundy said. "It was good to sit down and talk through things and get his perspective on things.''


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Pistons Move Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Ahead Of Reggie Jackson On Untouchable List

Jan 13, 2017 4:39 PM

The Detroit Pistons have moved Kentavious Caldwell-Pope past Reggie Jackson on their short list of untouchable alongside Andre Drummond.

Caldwell-Pope will be a restricted free agent this offseason and is represented by Rich Paul.

Caldwell-Pope was the eighth overall pick in the 2013 NBA Draft out of Georgia.

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Reggie Jackson Treated For Exhaustion Following Sacramento Loss

Jan 11, 2017 11:15 AM

Reggie Jackson was treated for dehydration after the Detroit Pistons' 100-94 loss to the Sacramento Kings.

Jackson played his usual 30-plus minutes and he was coming off a season-high 47 minutes on Sunday at Portland.

Dehydration and exhaustion are not new issues to Jackson, in his second full season as Pistons starting point guard, who was briefly hospitalized in Toronto last February for the same reasons.

He never missed any game time, but acknowledged previous bouts with dehydration.

"Feels like my body's overheating and freezing at the same time, as well as queasy," Jackson said at the time.

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Pistons To Retire Richard Hamilton's Jersey On Feb. 26th

Dec 23, 2016 1:28 PM

The Detroit Pistons announced that the club will honor and retire the jersey for Richard Hamilton during the 2016-17 season. Hamilton will be honored during a halftime ceremony on Sunday, February 26 at 6:00 p.m. when the Pistons host the Boston Celtics at The Palace.

“Our franchise has a great legacy and it’s important to recognize the players who made our organization successful both on and off the court,” said Pistons owner Tom Gores. “Rip’s numbers speak for themselves. He was a top performer year in and year out, from the regular season through the playoffs and especially during the championship run of 2004. He was relentless on the court and equally passionate about his teammates and the community. We are excited to honor his success.”

Hamilton spent nine seasons with Detroit (2002-2011) leading the Pistons in scoring during eight of those nine seasons. He is one of just six players in Pistons’ franchise history to reach the 11,000-point plateau and one of five players to score 50-plus points in a game (51 at New York, 12/27/06). During his tenure the club made six consecutive trips to the Eastern Conference Finals (2003-2008), two trips to the NBA Finals (2004, 2005) and won the NBA Championship in 2004. Hamilton was also named an NBA All-Star in three consecutive seasons from 2005-08. In 631 games as a Piston, the Coatesville, PA native averaged 18.4 points, 3.4 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game and ranks sixth in points, free throws made and field goals made, seventh in assists, minutes and three-point field goals made and 10th in games played in franchise history.

“Detroit is where I celebrated the greatest achievements in my pro basketball career and to be recognized by the organization in this way, I’m honored,” said Hamilton. “I look forward to sharing this experience with all the fans who supported me throughout my years as a Piston and look forward to celebrating in The Palace one final time. Yessirr.”

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Pistons Have Lengthy Team Meeting Following Loss

Dec 18, 2016 10:37 PM

The Detroit Pistons called a team meeting following their loss on Saturday in which they dropped below .500.

Backup center Aron Baynes called the meeting and it lasted approximately 30 to 45 minutes.

"It's a dialogue about communication for everybody, to discuss how we're feeling and why we've been playing the way we've been playing and how we can get better," Tobias Harris said.

"It was good to just get everybody talking and see different opinions for what's happening. At the same time, we've got to find a way to figure it out -- to be better. That's sort of what we wanted to get across."

"Aron Baynes felt as though we needed to basically clear the air," Pistons forward Marcus Morris said. "We put a lot of stuff on the table. Everybody cleared their mind and said what they needed to say."

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Stanley Johnson Taking Stan Van Gundy's 'Tough Love To Heart'

Dec 16, 2016 7:56 PM

Stanley Johnson fell out of the Detroit Pistons' rotation earlier in the season and was even sent to the D-League to sharpen his game.

Johnson has seemingly reclaimed his spot and won the favor of Stan Van Gundy again.

"You just see where you're at," Johnson said. "It makes me hungry not being able to play, but I think the time I wasn't playing I just tried to do what I can do to get better.

"All the tough love he's given me, I kind of take it to heart and give it everyday."

Johnson has been plagued by indecisiveness and inefficiency. 

"The stuff (Stan's) been telling me -- I think going down to the D-League was really good offensively for me, just so I can get a flow back and step into shots," Johnson said. "Regardless of whether I'm playing against pre-school players or NBA players, if you step into a wide-open 3 in a game you make it. That's everywhere. It's gaining more trust from him is the next on my agenda."

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Pistons Assign Stanley Johnson, Henry Ellenson, Michael Gbinije To D-League

Dec 10, 2016 2:45 PM

The Detroit Pistons have assigned forwards Stanley Johnson and Henry Ellenson and guard Michael Gbinije to the team’s NBA Development League (D-League) affiliate, the Grand Rapids Drive.

Johnson has appeared in 21 games this season averaging 3.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 12.8 minutes per game. The eighth overall pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, Johnson has averaged 7.1 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 94 career NBA games.

Ellenson has appeared in six games this season averaging 0.8 points and 1.0 rebounds in 3.0 minutes per game. He was selected with the 18th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

Gbinije has appeared in six games this season averaging 0.7 points and 0.3 rebounds in 3.5 minutes per game. He was selected with the 49th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft.

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Andre Drummond Receives $15,000 Fine For Striking Roy Hibbert In Head

Dec 1, 2016 8:16 PM

Andre Drummond has been fined $15,000 for striking Charlotte Hornets center Roy Hibbert in the back of the head with an elbow.

The incident, for which Drummond was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected, occurred with 4:09 remaining in the second quarter of the Pistons’ 112-89 win over the Hornets on Nov. 29 at Spectrum Center.

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Reggie Bullock Out 2-4 Months With Surgery On Left Knee

Nov 30, 2016 5:06 PM

Reggie Bullock will undergo surgery for a meniscus tear in his left knee and will miss two to four weeks.

Bullock suffered the tear last week. Bullock was averaging 4.0 points and 1.3 rebounds for the Detroit Pistons in 10 minutes per game.

Bullock will be a restricted free agent in 2017.

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Reggie Bullock Tears Meniscus In Left Knee

Nov 25, 2016 12:06 PM

Reggie Bullock suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee in Wednesday's win by the Detroit Pistons over the Miami Heat.

Bullock will miss Friday's game and no timetable has been set for his return.

"He will have the knee evaluated further by team doctors and additional medical experts to determine the best course of action for treatment and recovery," the Pistons said in a released statement.

Bullock was inactive the first six games of the season with back spasms and sat out six more after suffering a hip pointer.

Bullock recently worked his way back into the Pistons' rotation.

Bullock will be a free agent in the offseason.

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Andre Drummond Works On Free Throws In Empty Arena After Loss
Andre Drummond is shooting 51 percent from the free-throw line but has struggled of late.

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Reggie Jackson Cleared For Contact Drills
Reggie Jackson has been cleared for contact drills in practice as he continues rehabbing his left knee.

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Pistons To Announce Move To New Arena In Downtown Detroit
The Pistons have played at the Palace of Auburn Hills since 1988.

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Tobias Harris Hired Personal Chef, Began Meditating In Offseason
Tobias Harris hired a personal chef in the offseason to help improve his conditioning.

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Reggie Jackson Resuming Basketball Activities
Reggie Jackson is on schedule with his timetable of six to eight weeks.

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Pistons Assign Henry Ellenson, Michael Gbinije To D-League
Henry Ellenson has appeared in two games this season averaging 1.0 points and 2.5 rebounds in 2.5 minutes per game.

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Pistons Could Move Into New Downtown Arena Next Season
The Pistons are in discussions about joining the Detroit Red Wings at the still-under-construction Little Caesars Arena as soon as next season.

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Pistons Claim Beno Udrih Off Waivers
With Reggie Jackson injured, the Pistons have a need for depth at point guard.

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Pistons Waive Nikola Jovanovic
Nikola Jovanovic appeared in just one preseason game with the Pistons.

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Reggie Jackson Out 6-8 Weeks Following PRP Treatment
Reggie Jackson underwent the same procedure in the past with the Thunder.

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Reggie Jackson To Undergo Platelet-Rich Plasma Treatment On Knee
Reggie Jackson previously underwent PRP treatment in 2011 when he was playing for the Thunder.


Reggie Jackson Out 6-8 Weeks With Knee Tendinitis
The Pistons will explore the point guard market Reggie Jackson out for several weeks.

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Nikola Jovanovic, Trey Freeman Sign Camp Deals With Pistons
Trey Freeman averaged 22.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists in his senior season at Old Dominion.

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Lakers Briefly Considered Pistons' Offer Of Grant Hill For Kobe Bryant In 1999
Grant Hill was one season away from free agency and ultimately signed with the Magic.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Season Outlooks On Thunder With Fred Katz, Pistons With Dan Feldman
Nate Duncan previews the Thunder with Fred Katz and the Pistons with Dan Feldman.

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RealGM Radio: Central Division With Nate Duncan, Dan Feldman
Host Danny Leroux, Nate Duncan of the Dunc’d On Basketball Podcast and Dan Feldman of NBC’s Pro Basketball Talk and the Locked On Pistons Podcast break down the Central Division.

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Andre Drummond: Boban Marjanovic 'Absolutely' Better Than Expected
Andre Drummond has been impressed by Boban Marjanovic during their informal pickup matchups this summer.

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Trey Freeman Agrees To Camp Deal With Pistons
Trey Freeman averaged 5.2 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 18.4 minutes per game in Summer League.

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Spurs Hire Brian Wright From Pistons As Assistant GM
The Spurs have lost Sean Marks to the Nets and Scott Layden to the Timberwolves so far in 2016.

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Boban Marjanovic Agrees To Three-Year, $21M Offer Sheet With Pistons
Boban Marjanovic emerged this season as a rookie with the San Antonio Spurs, posting some of the NBA's most impressive per minute stats.

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