Stan Van Gundy is cutting no corners. As an aside in Keith Langlois's article on Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's injury status, Langlois explains how Van Gundy is using iPads to better prepare his players.
Pistons players were given iPads on Thursday that will be their constant companions throughout the season, crammed with teaching tools and scouting aids. "We’ve been waiting on that with all their stuff loaded up," Van Gundy said. "They can get full game, their minutes, their shots, their fouls, their turnovers, opposing players coming up."
Van Gundy’s video crew customizes content for each player. He said its loaded remotely onto each player’s iPad 20 minutes after a game ends, so they have it ready for them to study by the time they’ve showered and left The Palace.
"Those guys picked it up right away," Van Gundy said. "(Assistant video coordinator) T.J. (Saint) was going through it fast and they all knew exactly what was going on. If it was me with the iPad … he lost me about a minute in. But with them it was all good."
I think this is a great idea. The question is: how likely are they going to use it? Hopefully, they are as dedicated as their statements have been to the press and they are committed to winning. And by winning I mean basketball games, not levels on Candy Crush Saga.
What do you think about this DBB? Do you think this is a good idea or a waste of time?