AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (WJBK) -
The Detroit Pistons have a new coach and president of basketball operations. On Thursday, Team owner Tom Gores introduced Stan Van Gundy at a news conference at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Van Gundy says he's honored to help Gores build the Pistons into a team that competes for championships. Gores says Van Gundy is a proven winner and a teacher who can help shape the franchise.
Detroit went 29-53 last season, missing the playoffs for a fifth straight year. That was the end of Joe Dumars' tenure as team president. Coach Maurice Cheeks was fired in February. Van Gundy is 371-208 in seven-plus seasons as a coach with Miami and Orlando.
Van Gundy agreed to a $35 million, five-year contract. He says the Pistons have talent, and he's eager to come in and get to work.
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