Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy talks to rookie after LeBron James outburst

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Detroit Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson caused quite a stir after he boldly claimed he was "definitely" in LeBron James' head following the game two loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

His comments could be construed as either disrespectful or simply part of the game, depending which side of the fence you sit on.

However, his coach, Stan Van Gundy has felt the need to have a chat with his young star in light of his post-match tirade on Wednesday night, as per ESPN.

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"I had a talk with Stan today, and so I'll leave it at that," Van Gundy said during Thursday's media availability. "I told him what I thought about his comments and everything. That's a discussion that we had today."

Although the 20-year veteran coach didn't disclose what he actually said to his promising small forward, he did admit he cringed a little upon hearing Johnson's comments.

While Van Gundy affirms he is not angry with the eighth pick in the 2015 draft, he does think there is a lesson to be learned here.

"Well, look, you do [cringe] a little bit," he said. "But you also, you have to realize he's a 19-year-old kid going through this for the first time. You get him right after a game like that, and he's frustrated and all of that. We met, we talked. He knows how I feel, what my concerns are, but it wasn't a - at least I hope he didn't take - it wasn't an anger session. It wasn't a 'you're an a--h--- type of thing.' It wasn't. It's just another learning experience for a 19-year-old kid."

Van Gundy explained that Johnson will not suffer any internal punishment for his outburst, only some friendly advice from his coach and mentor. Having been around the NBA longer than Johnson has been alive, he knows a thing or two about how to handle yourself around the league.

Even if he did incur a $25,000 fine for his own LeBron-related comments only last week.

"I'm not fining him or doing anything like that," Van Gundy said. "They are [grown men]. They're grown men, and they talk to the media and the whole thing. But I wanted to let him know what my concerns were, and so we talked about it. I thought it was good, and I thought that he understood and received it well."

When asked if James was likely to be extra motivated to put on a show in game three, Van Gundy intimated he thinks the four-time MVP will treat it like just another day at the office.

"No," Van Gundy said. "Look, LeBron understands that it's about the game. I don't think a guy like him needs much more motivation. They're talking about trying to win a championship. That's a lot more motivating than something a rookie might have said."

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