Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Van Gundy Says Griffin Worth It

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Van Gundy Says Griffin Worth It

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Newly acquired Blake Griffin likey won't suit up for the Detroit Pistons until Thursday at home against the Memphis Grizzlies, butPistons coach Stan Van Gundy spent a good part of the day working on how to introduce the power forward into his system.

Griffin's resume as a five-time All-Star makes the price (Tobias Harris, Avery Bradley, Boban Marjanovic and future picks) worth it for the franchise.

"The hardest thing to do in this league is to get a proven star," Van Gundy said Tuesday. "It's just very hard to do. It's hard to do in free agency, it's hard to do in trades.

"The guy's a five-time All-Star, he's been an All-NBA guy. [He's one of the] top-15 guys in the league. He's only 28 years old. We know the injury history.

"That's the risk, but that risk was worth it because of the talent we're bringing back,"Van Gundy said. …

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