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Dec 6, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy during overtime against the Philadelphia 76ers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Philadelphia 76ers won 108-101 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

 Stan Van Gundy Gets Full Control

When the 2013-14 season ended, the Detroit Pistons were in complete disarray.  With no head coach and a lame duck general manager, a bold move had to be made to win back the trust of a rapidly disintegrating fan base.

That move came when Pistons owner Tom Gores surprised the NBA when he hired Stan Van Gundy and gave him full control of the team.  SVG would assume the roles of both head coach and President of Basketball Operation making him the final authority on all player moves.

This is the first time the Detroit Pistons have given most of the power to a single executive.

The move was applauded by most but questioned by some because of the length of time Van Gundy had been out of the game. Stan Van Gundy has already been forced to face some serious challenges in his first season.  Only time will tell if he has what it takes to pull the Pistons out of the Eastern Conference cellar.

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