Pistons owner Tom Gores is excited about the culture change that executive/coach Stan Van Gundy has executed in Detroit, writes Keith Langlois of NBA.com. Gores noticed how different the mood around the team was this season during a team event prior to the regular season opening, Langlois notes. “They were interacting in a way that I haven’t seen players interact before,” Gores told Langlois. “They wanted to be here. They were enjoying each other. And if they didn’t have a game in a couple of days, they would’ve stayed late, late, late. There’s something special going on. I give so much credit to Stan Van Gundy on this. I could speak about culture, I could speak about chemistry. But that has to get done every single day and that has to get done on the floor. It’s really kind of walking the talk and I feel like, right now, my vision is able to walk the talk because of the people on the ground.”
Here’s more from the Central Division:
- The Bulls are looking to start up their own D-League affiliate that would play in the Sears Center, which is located in Hoffman Estates, Illinois, team officials have informed Mike McGraw of The Daily Herald (via Twitter). “A Bulls NBADL team will create tremendous opportunities to promote the game of basketball in our surrounding communities,” the Bulls noted in their official statement, K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune relays (Twitter link). Chicago is currently one of 11 NBA teams without its own D-League affiliate.
- The Cavaliers have taken up a two-tiered approach to team-building, not only concentrating on securing an NBA title this season, but also focusing on constructing the roster to maintain success in the seasons ahead, Terry Pluto of The Plain Dealer writes. “We’re very cognizant of that fact that you don’t get these opportunities very often and you need to capitalize while you can,” said GM David Griffin. “But we also want to win in a way that is sustainable [for the next few seasons].“
- When the Pistons exercised their 2016/17 option on Reggie Bullock it created a logjam at shooting guard with four players at the position possessing fully guaranteed pacts for next season, writes David Mayo of MLive.com. “The way that he played and the fact that it’s really a value contract,” Van Gundy said about picking up the option on Bullock. “It’s low-cost and the whole thing. We really like him. It’s always hard to be making decisions for down the road based on the preseason. But we just like everything about him, what we’ve seen in practice, his whole approach, his attitude, so we’ve been really, really happy with him.“