Reunited With Van Gundy, Butler Brings Leadership To Pistons

CBS Detroit

NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer

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.

“A winning culture,” Butler said. “Instilling the right way to play.”

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 in Detroit, 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.

Butler signed with Detroit during the offseason. The Pistons are his eighth NBA team.

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