The Craig Fahle Show

Stan Van Gundy Brings His Winning Track Record to Auburn Hills

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Photo courtesy: Flickr Creative Commons

Basketball fans in Metro Detroit anticipate the arrival of successful basketball coach Stan Van Gundy. Van Gundy was hired as both Detroit Pistons' coach and president. He has winning records with the Miami Heat (2003-2006) and Orlando Magic (2007-2012). The Pistons have struggled for several years to find the success of its 2004 championship team. Pistons fans are hopeful Van Gundy will be the answer.

"He is a very good coach, there's no disputing that," says Drew Sharp, columnist for the Detroit Free Press. But Sharp says the duel role of coach and executive rarely works in the NBA. He thinks it may have been better if team owner Tom Gores had hired a General Manager who then hired Van Gundy.

Sports columnists and analysts credit Van Gundy's success in part to having superstar basketball players on his teams, such as Shaquille O'Neal and Dwayne Wade. Sharp says Van Gundy should consider some of the talent on the Pistons' roster, even if there aren't big-time superstar players.

"If Stan Van Gundy is smart, and I think he is a smart basketball guy, he'll look at Josh Smith... and find a way to best utilize [him]."

Sharp says Van Gundy is a colorful, opinionated person, which can rub some people the wrong way. He says Van Gundy isn't afraid to get in players faces, which caused him problems in Florida. But Sharp says that also makes Van Gundy entertaining to watch.

"He'll be a great quote for us columnists, there's no question about that," says Sharp.

-- Laura Weber-Davis