It took a while, but the inevitable happened Tuesday night: Detroit Pistons team president and head coach Stan Van Gundy publicly trashed his squad.
Following a demoralizing 106-96 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers, an exasperated SVG lamented his (3-16) team’s woes.
Things didn’t get any better for the Pistons last night, as their losing streak reached ten games in a 109-102 overtime road loss to the Boston Celtics.
Per the Detroit News:
Mount Van Gundy erupted afterwards, saying his team played harder in the preseason and claimed every team has played harder than the Pistons since their loss in Memphis a couple weeks ago. […] “There’s no dilemmas in the preseason. No dilemmas,” Van Gundy said. “No one cares how many shots they’re getting. Everybody knows everybody’s gonna play so everybody’s spirits are up. You’re not worried about stats. … No one cares. Same in practice. You practice hard, do what you’re supposed to do.”
“I think we took a lot of tough shots with people open,” Van Gundy said. “We have to show them those things. I have to do my job better. I’m not gonna say I have a selfish team or lazy team. We have a messed up team.”
After the Pistons shot a season-low 36.3 percent against the excellent Golden State Warriors Sunday, they showed they could be just as pitiful against a bad defensive team, shooting 36.7 percent, and hitting on six of their 21 3-pointers.