When: Mon., Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m. 2017
Spurs icon Gregg Popovich and Golden State’s Steve Kerr have been notably vocal since last year’s presidential election, but when it comes to woke coaches, don’t sleep on Detroit’s Stan Van Gundy. Just last month, when asked about the biggest challenge facing a white coach in the NBA, Van Gundy described himself as “the poster boy for white privilege.” Van Gundy’s Pistons are playing inspired basketball to start the season, currently residing in the top tier of the Eastern Conference standings. Led by the potent tandem of Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond, Detroit presents a physical challenge for a Spurs squad that continues to weather the NBA storm until key personnel return to the rotation. Forward Kyle Anderson has flourished as a starter, showcasing the smoothness of his multifaceted game in extended minutes, which should prove handy against the bruising Pistons.