Butler rejoins Van Gundy, hopes to help Pistons
DETROIT (AP) Perhaps more than any other member of the Detroit Pistons, Caron Butler has an idea of what to expect this season from new coach Stan Van Gundy.
Butler played for Van Gundy in Miami a decade ago, when both player and coach were just starting their careers. Butler was traded by the Heat after the 2003-04 season - in the deal that sent Shaquille O'Neal from the Los Angeles Lakers to Miami - but after bouncing around the league for a while he ended up with Detroit this season, reunited with Van Gundy.
The Pistons hired Van Gundy this offseason to be their coach and team president. They play their first home game under him Saturday night against Brooklyn.