Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Pistons' looking to add third point guard with Jennings out
Pistons coach and president of basketball operations Stan Van Gundy said the team is looking to add a third point guard, but he's not sure how just yet.
"We definitely got to get a third point guard, there's no question," Van Gundy said. "To go out and get a guy who would be a huge difference maker, you'd probably really have to give up something that would hurt you down the road. We're not in panic time here. We're not gonna do that and be sitting here in the summer kicking ourselves for trying to do something short term that would hurt us in the long term.
"What I think we'll do is take our best available option. Either we're happy with what we would have to give up and can live with or we just get the best of what we don't have to give up anything to get.
"We want to fight and win as many games as we can, there's no question. At the same time, we're not giving away players ... in that type of rebuild, just tanking games and whatever. At the same time, we're not at the point in our process where we're going to give up assets in the future to try to get an additional three or four wins this year. We're in between. We're going to do as well as we can and stay as prudent as we can in our decision making going forward."
Jennings has successful surgery
The Pistons announced Tuesday that Jennings underwent successful surgery to repair a rupture left Achilles' tendon. There is no timetable for his return.
Van Gundy said he's been in contact with Jennings, but hasn't had the chance to talk to him on the phone.
"The things is, I've been hesitant to call because he's on all those medications and things, I don't want to wake him up," Van Gundy said. "A text he sort of gets whenever he gets it. I'm going to wait until he gets out of these first couple days and try to leave him alone, but we've been communicating."
Friday, January 9, 2015
Van Gundy's "form a wall" timeout has become a rallying cry for Pistons fans
The Pistons led by one after a Brandon Jennings layup and the Spurs only had enough time to tip a shot in, not catch and shoot it. So Van Gundy wanted his team to just defend the basket from a tip in. The words Van Gundy used to describe how to defend the play have gone viral. Van Gundy unaware what he was saying was being broadcast just yelled, "We just form a (expletive) wall."
People have begun selling t-shirts with the phrase online and the saying has inspired countless memes and videos on social media.
See Van Gundy's reaction to it all in the video below. And if you want to hear the unedited version of his now famous timeout click the video below it, but warning it contains profanity.