Pistons fire Van Gundy

The Detroit Pistons have parted ways with head coach Stan Van Gundy.

Dertoit announced the move on Monday after Van Gundy reportedly met with Pistons officials.

Van Gundy's title included the role of president of basketball operations, but he was said to be resistant to front-office changes following speculation team owner Tom Gores wanted a new structure that would impact his authority in personnel decisions.

"We have decided that this change is necessary to take our basketball organisation to the next level," said Gores.

"This was a very difficult decision and we did not come to it lightly. I am grateful to Stan for everything he's done for the Pistons and for the city of Detroit. He rebuilt the culture of our basketball team, re-instilled a winning attitude and work ethic, and took us to the playoffs two years ago. He went all-in from day one to positively impact this franchise and this community.

"But over the past two seasons our team has not progressed, and we decided that a change is necessary to regain our momentum.

"Stan is a competitor and he wanted to finish the job. He retooled a roster that we think can be very competitive in the East. I know he's disappointed, and that he cares deeply about his players, his staff, this organisation and this city.

"He's also a professional who will make sure this is a seamless transition, and someone I hope will be a friend and adviser to me long after this transition is completed.

"I have nothing but respect and love for Stan. I think he is a great coach and a great man, and his presence and leadership helped move this franchise forward.

"Although we did not get the success both of us wanted, his efforts and leadership have put the franchise in better shape today than when he came on board."

Van Gundy went 152-176 in four seasons in Detroit. He had one year remaining on his contract. 

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