Stan Van Gundy leaves the Pistons

G Sambaer, Sports Editor

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After four years, Stan Van Gundy has been relieved of his duties as the head coach and president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons. Van Gundy compiled a 152-176 record throughout his time in Detroit. In 2016, he lead the Pistons to their first playoff appearance since 2009, but made a quick exit after being swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers. Pistons owner Tom Gore issued a statement after Van Gundy’s release.

“We have decided that this change is necessary to take our basketball organization to the next level,” Gore said. “This was a very difficult decision and we did not come to it lightly.”

In SVG’s second season he guided the Pistons to 44 wins, a 12 game leap from his first year and the team’s first winning season since 2007-2008. The last two seasons, however, the team’s success regressed, winning 37 games last year and 29 games this year.

“Over the past two seasons our team has not progressed, and we decided that a change is necessary to regain our momentum,” Gore said.

Potential candidates to replace Van Gundy include Dwane Casey, Mike Budenholzer, Jerry Stackhouse, Monty Williams, Mark Jackson, and more.

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