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Van Gundy on fine: ‘Happy’ to make donation

Rod Beard
The Detroit News
Stan Van Gundy disputes a call during Sunday's Game 1 against Cleveland.

Auburn Hills — Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy rarely has been one to hold his tongue.

And now he’s paying for it.

On Monday, the NBA fined Van Gundy $25,000 for his comments during an in-game interview with ESPN’s Lisa Salters, during which he criticized the officiating.

“A couple calls have upset our guys,” Van Gundy told Salters. “They have to understand LeBron’s LeBron; they’re not going to call offensive fouls on him — he does what he wants.”

By the end of the game, Van Gundy had mellowed, saying in the postgame press conference that the officiating didn’t affect the outcome of the game and that it was only the two questionable calls that he thought should have been offensive fouls that caused his ire.

Van Gundy declined comment Tuesday on the incident, but did talk about the fine, which ends up going to a charity.

“It goes to charity, which is good. I support most charitable organizations,” he said. “I don’t know which one I just supported, but I’m happy to do it.”

It’s not the heftiest of fines Van Gundy has received. In 2010 and 2011, he got a pair of $35,000 fines for criticizing the officiating when he coached Dwight Howard with the Orlando Magic.

One of the more outspoken coaches in the NBA, Van Gundy is the opposite of San Antonio’s Gregg Popovich, who eschews in-game interviews.

Will Van Gundy go that route in the future?

“We’ll see,” he said.

Rod.Beard@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @detnewsRodBeard