Last month, Stan Van Gundy got an email from a fan who said he wasn't coming to any more Detroit Pistons games.
Van Gundy wrote him back.
They exchanged views on politics in sports, the reason for the fan's disillusion. Van Gundy offered his take. The fan responded. Van Gundy answered his response. Back and forth they went.
"So, what happened?" I asked the Pistons coach in a recent conversation in his Auburn Hills office. "Did you talk the guy into coming back?"
He shrugged. "I don't think we ever agreed."
That right there should tell you something about Stanley Alan Van Gundy, born 58 years ago in Indio, Calif. The man is...