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It seems for the moment the Nate McMillan is the running favorite for the #Pistons vacant head coaching job. That doesn’t mean that he’s a lock, but considering the names that have been thrown around we may be seeing him around the Palace of Auburn Hills come October.

If it were up to Pistons fans across the ocean they would love to see Zeljko Obradovic take the reins and bring his distinct coaching style to Detroit.

Lindsey Hunter, who was mostly a bad boy for life, has asked the Phoenix Suns permission to interview with the Pistons for the coaching gig. He had limited success with the Suns after he took over late in the season and though he was a big part of things in Detroit it’s not likely that he’d be atop the list.

On a side note Lindsey was a lot of fun when he was here.

I’ve heard Mike Budenholzer Spurs longtime assistant is being looked at. Anyone who worked under Pop in San Antonio has serious knowledge as far as I’m concerned.

Mo Cheeks had limited success in his two previous head coaching stints so he’s semi legit.

Brian Shaw I never liked because of his playing days with the Celtics and then later the Lakers, but being a guard in the league would be a welcome help on the bench for Detroit.

Scott Skiles may know how to coach a team and has ties to the Michigan State, but his style I believe is not conducive to young players. He’s got a his way or the highway type of attitude that takes a special kind of team to work with. Plus I think he’s a DB.

You want Drummond and Monroe to take it to the next level then Patrick Ewing is your guy. There is no better coach to have on your bench to teach the twin towers what they need to learn than Ewing.

Now for what you don’t want to hear…

Bill Laimbeer is will not be the Pistons Head coach.

cartoon_laimbeerWe are all “homers” of some sort when it comes to the team we love and the nostalgia that goes along with it, but so many of you need to let go of the whole Laimbeer as coach idea.
Don’t you think if he was a serious candidate he would have snagged the job the other two times he was interviewed for the job? Don’t you think he would have been a better choice than Michael Curry if Detroit was serious about hiring him? He won Championships for the Shock here in Detroit yet they gave the job to Kuester.

We loved him as a bad boy, but he’s legitimately a jerk. Ask just about anyone that has had contact with him or has a story to tell about him and I can guarantee it’s not a nice one. We may never really know what he did behind the scenes here in Detroit or in his assistant spot with the Timberwolves, but there is a reason that he went back to coaching the WNBA.

Nobody likes him.

We can remember him as our beloved Bad Boy that had a hell of a hop skip three-point shot, but let’s stop the Laimbeer for head coach thing please.

And please don’t do the forgive Larry Brown thing either for that matter.

Or Sheed for that matter, though it would be a hell of a lot of fun!

Coach Rasheed Wallace

Let’s face it, no top-tier coach is going to want to come to Detroit right now.

  • This team is seriously rebuilding.
  • They like to fire the coach at the first sign of trouble.
  • There has been issues with the team/coach relationships for a while.
  • Management is making changes every day.
  • The roster is a work in progress.
  • The GM (Joe D) is on the hot seat.
  • They’re not paying the big bucks. Think about it, they have been paying two coaches’ salaries each season for years.

So let’s just sit back and see what the draft and management deals us, but keep your wish list serious. We are Detroit…remember.

 

The 12-26 #Pistons will host the 23-14 Lakers Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Los Angeles has won five straight from the Pistons, including three in a row at The Palace of Auburn Hills by an average of 13.3 points.

  • The good: Brandon Knight is averaging 16.9 points over his last seven games.
  • The bad: Remember last time the Lakers were at the Palace and Rip Hamilton decided to get tossed minutes into the game and then Kobe went off to score 33 on Detroit?
  • Who to watch:Kobe Bryant and all the Kobe Bryant jerseys at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • The unknown: On of the worst nights in my eyes if you’re a Pistons fan to go to the Palace for a game. Who will have more fans in the seats Kobe Bryant fans or Pistons fans?

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Plus. If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

A lot of moves have happened recently in the NBA, so let’s catch up on where our favorite former Pistons have landed:

  • Chauncey Billups was waived via the amnesty clause from the New York Knicks, and was claimed by the LA Clippers
  • Chris Wilcox signed a contract with the Boston Celtics
  • Richard Hamilton was waived via contract buyout from the Detroit Pistons, and was signed to a free agent deal by the Chicago Bulls
  • DaJuan Summers signed a contract with the New Orleans Hornets
  • Tracy McGrady has signed with the Atlanta Hawks
  • John Kuester was hired by the LA Lakers to be an Assistant Coach to Head Coach Mike Brown

A lot of you didn’t like what I had to say about Richard Hamilton’s time in Detroit, as a member of the Pistons.  Allow me to clarify:

  • I don’t blame Hamilton for the Pistons problems.
  • I don’t think Hamilton was the ring leader of last year’s buffoonery, but he was a willing participant.
  • Hamilton is one of the greatest Pistons in the history of the franchise.
  • Aside from Chauncey Billups, there is not a guy on the team I would trust more with a game winning shot than Hamilton.
  • It is not Hamilton’s problem he signed a virtually untradeable contract, he was offered the contract.
  • You can’t blame Hamilton for thinking he can still play at a high level, he was only 32 last year and is in great shape.

I believe Rip has the chance to be the “Rasheed Wallace” type of acquisition for last season’s #1 seed Chicago Bulls.  He will bring a veteran presence who has been through the wars, and could be a calming influence on Derrick Rose which will only make him better.  So many times last year, Rose was forced into being the go-to guy on a team with questionable backcourt support.  Kyle Korver and Keith Bogans are not as good as Rip Hamilton, who I think will give the team 25-30 quality minutes and is someone who should step right in and claim a starting spot based on ability alone.

The terms of the deal Rip signed with Chicago are 3 years 15 million (2 years fully guaranteed, 3rd year partially guaranteed).

I believe this deal puts Chicago over the top, and in direct competition with the Miami Heat for this season’s championship.  Even though I can’t go back and re-record the podcast from a couple of weeks ago where I proclaimed the Lakers to be the next champions, I will say that I believe the Bulls will be this year’s NBA champion now that some of the pieces have fallen (Chris Paul to Clippers, Dwight Howard staying in Orlando for now).

It’s clear by the comments on my previous Richard Hamilton post that the good lot of you will miss Rip even though the last few years have been underwhelming.  I wouldn’t be against seeing the Bulls or Clippers do well this season with the additions of Rip Hamilton and Chauncey Billups collectively.

In Chauncey Billups the LA Clippers acquired a guy who would’ve started and served as a mentor for Eric Bledsoe had they not been able to acquire Chris Paul.  Now Billups can start at shooting guard and backup Paul at the point until the offseason when the Clippers are able to acquire a pure shooting guard.

Chris Wilcox isn’t really guaranteed a spot in the rotation for the Boston Celtics, honestly he seems a little out of place on that team.  With the Celtics aging, and if Wilcox makes the team, he should play most of his minutes on the 3rd game of the back to back to backs and in the 2nd game of back to backs to keep KG fresh.  With Jeff Green missing the season with a heart aneurysm, Wilcox could step in with 15-20 minutes a night possibly at the backup PF and C positions depending on how Jermaine O’Neal holds up.

DaJuan Summers was never really given a shot with the Pistons, either by his overall lack of talent or with the coaches that were trying to keep their jobs by not giving him or Austin Daye playing time.  It’s hard to say that Summers wasn’t given a chance, because Jonas Jerebko stepped up and played important minutes as a rookie and would’ve played more minutes last year had he remained healthy.  Summers, known for his NBA-ready physique, has shown flashes in garbage time with the Pistons.  If he makes the New Orleans Hornets, he will be fighting for playing time with Quincy Pondexter and Al Farouq-Aminu behind returning starter Trevor Ariza.  Considering both Pondexter and Aminu are former 1st round picks, the Hornets would likely opt to keep their potential around than Summers, who couldn’t see playing time in a season where the main backup to the SF position on the Pistons was out for the season last year.

Tracy McGrady has signed a contract with the Atlanta Hawks, where he will serve as Joe Johnson’s primary backup with the departure of Jamal Crawford.  McGrady, who made the most of his time with the Pistons (while also being labeled a team cancer by Mr. Wieme), will be able to show the league that he is healthy and still can play important minutes in the league  on the playoff contending Hawks team.

McGrady spent time on the Pistons last season as the starting point guard, and first guard off the bench for the Pistons.  It was his first successful season since knee injuries began to de-rail his career with the Houston Rockets, and in his short stint with the New York Knicks where his expiring contract helped the Knicks line themselves up for the “Summer of 2010″ Free Agent class.

And John Kuester… LOL who cares?

John Kuester is officially out as Head Coach of the Detroit Pistons.  Kuester’s final record totals as Coach of the Pistons is 57 wins to go with 107 losses.
You're Fired Kuester

I’ve already said a lot about the man in this post right here, so go and do reading at that after reading this.

So let the speculation begin as to who the next Pistons coach will be.  I’ll give a sneak preview of the 2nd half of the Wieme/Sitto/Bohnlein podcast, I said former Kuester assistant Brian Hill deserves a shot.  Hill, who has coached at both the highs and lows of the NBA, first as coach of the expansion Vancouver Grizzlies, and then as coach of the Orlando Magic during the height of Shaq and Penny which included a NBA Finals run.

Hill is more qualified than any current coach that is rumored to either be interested in coaching the Pistons, or who is rumored to be a front runner for the job.

I’ll never understand the fascination with wanting to bring Bill Laimbeer in or with Mike Woodson.  Laimbeer has 0 head coaching experience in the league (we just got done with similar) and Woodson is a Larry Brown disciple (we just got done with similar).  It’s my opinion that this team needs to get away from the past, and move forward in a new direction.  I know I may be in the minority, but with as unsettled as the roster is and with the uncertain future of the front office staff (mainly Dumars), I think the team would be better off with someone who has been in the role of “teacher” before like Hill rather than putting a band aid on a gunshot wound with either Laimbeer or Woodson.

Now, Hill is 65 years old and does not have that many years left in the league.  Heck, he may be tired of the run around of the NBA after the drama from last season and he may have no interest in coming back.

This doesn’t mean I don’t necessarily think Laimbeer or Woodson would be good coaches at some point.  If the team was pushing playoff contention at this moment, I’d want Woodson to be hired.  If the team were up and coming, I’d say give Laimbeer a shot, he could inject some fire into a team.  With the current roster, the new ownership group – I’d say if you’re going to give Dumars 1-2 years to re-build, you push for a guy like Hill who will give you 1-2 years and re-evaluate and see who is available at that point in time.

A clear sunny day in the Metropolitan Detroit area served as a perfect setting for the changing of the guard, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Palace floor, setting for 3 Pistons championship seasons, was transformed into a stage awaiting the man that will be taking control of the beloved Detroit franchise.

All of the Pistons media and key figures in the Pistons’ Organization were there. Charlie V, Ben Gordon and Rodney Stuckey were the only current players in attendance. George Blaha, Special K, Mason, Mark Champion, and your favorite radio and TV personalities were there as well.  Rick Mahorn and James Edwards were in the house talking it up and Joe Dumars was sitting right up front with Alan Ostfield at his side.

A video montage of Pistons highlights, old and new, played while Platinum Equity partners and old acquaintances of Mr. Gores from his days in Michigan mixed in giving us a glimpse into the man along with the glory days of the franchise.

Before Gores spoke we got a chance to hear from Karen and Ethan Davidson, who both touched on Mr. Gores, and how emotional of a day it was for them. The bittersweet sentiment from Ethan would have made any fan of his father sad, as he remembered the past, he also thanked Mr. Gores for letting them be a small part of the future.

Tom Gores

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Tom then came out, introduced by Mark Barnhill of Platinum Equity, while two key figures of the new Palace regime Philip Norment and Bob Wentworth sat at the table waiting for the Q&A.

 

He began by thanking the Davidson family, and then started talking about how he plans to run the organization:

“I need to deliver on the standards of your passion. This is a very passionate city, and it can be demanding. I think it can bring out the best in all of us. I promise I will lose sleep to deliver to the standards.”

“It’s my job to bring Championship #4 to Detroit.”

I can’t do the whole thing justice, but you can watch the presser in it’s entirety below.  And yes…I did get a few questions in.

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Now what you take from the press conference may be different from what I took away from it. I can tell you I especially loved the question Stoney asked…

“What’s more important…making money or winning a Championship?”

Brilliant, and he really did answer it honestly…I think.

Now we can sit here and worry that he sounded too corporate, but honestly it’s what I expected from him. We are talking about a man who has come from nothing, and made billions of dollars before he’s even hit fifty years old. If the Pistons didn’t have the Palace Sports and Entertainment package attached to it, we wouldn’t even be talking about Mr. Gores right now. That I truly believe.

So he lives in LA now,  and you know he admitted to me that “I’m not a Lakers fan…anymore”.  He’s got two right hand men from Boston who will probably be more visible to the public when it comes to the team, than he is down the line. He said some of the things that the City of Detroit wanted to hear and some things that an investor in Platinum Equity wants to hear, and that’s ok.

He’s going to lean on Joe Dumars as his “basketball guy”, and push him to make the right decisions.  Gores spoke of how successful business make mistakes, and how “that’s ok” but he expects quick turnaround on the mistakes.

As for Kuester, yes he pronounced his name wrong, but I don’t think that matters. He didn’t say the words, but you can bet Q’s days are numbered.

Tom Gores toonThis is new territory for him, and you can definitely tell.  If you don’t give this man a chance, then you’re very close minded. We have no idea how this thing is going to unfold just yet, so lets learn with Gores and Platinum.

I’ll tell you he’s quite a presence, he can win you over with his smile and a handshake. And he honestly looked like a kid in a candy store once he was off the podium.

“Starting tomorrow, we’re going to go full speed ahead”

It’s Gores Time.

Tom Gores toonAs reported on ESPN earlier, and also here by the dreamy Justin Rogers of MLive, the Pistons and Head Coach John Kuester will be going their separate ways after 2 long seasons with Kuester at the helm.

Kuester was 55 – 107 57 – 107 as coach of the Detroit Pistons.  This was the first NBA head coaching gig for the 56 year old Kuester, who was formerly an assistant coach under Coach Mike Brown and the Cleveland Cavaliers, after being a coach for the Orlando Magic, Philadelphia 76ers, New Jersey Nets and Boston Celtics.  Prior to his time in the NBA he was the head coach for the George Washington Colonials and Boston University Bears and as an assistant coach for the University of Richmond Spiders.

Coach Kuester was known for being an offensive mastermind after his time in Cleveland with LeBron James, but more importantly for the Pistons organization, he had served on former Piston coach Larry Brown’s staff in 2003-2004.

Kuester, a former University of North Carolina player, will likely be heading to the Los Angeles Lakers to be an assistant coach under new coach Mike Brown.  Brown, who was hired as LA Lakers head coach less than a week ago, had already expressed an interest in bringing Kuester over with him on his staff.

Kuester was never really accepted by the Pistons fans because his name either wasn’t Bill Laimbeer or he wasn’t Avery Johnson, etc.  Coach Kuester was put into a bad spot by the organization with a roster in transition, that was bound to decline after the success of the early 2000s.  Kuester was given Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva as free agents in his first season as coach, but the Pistons couldn’t find a home for eventual malcontent Richard Hamilton which left the team extraordinarily deep at the shooting guard position.

During his time with the Pistons, Kuester clashed with Rodney Stuckey and Richard Hamilton and often dealt with problems through the media rather than being straight forward with his players.  While no one should argue Kuester mismanaged the available talent, it should be noted that he never did establish a set rotation of players.  The Pistons roster is in flux after years of consistency, which is President Joe Dumars’ primary responsibility.

Moving forward, the Pistons have a steady core of young players with Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko.  Rodney Stuckey is coming off of another year of ups and downs and is a restricted free agent.  Ben Gordon and Charlie V are now going into their 3rd year of 5 year contracts (with player options for 6th years) as well.  Tayshaun Prince is an unrestricted free agent, and Richard Hamilton has 1 more fully guaranteed season left on his contract.

The next Pistons coach will be inheriting virtually the same roster as Kuester, minus Chris Wilcox and likely Tayshaun Prince.  There could be a chance that Prince is signed and traded, and while I had once thought he would be a good fit in LA with the Lakers, now that Coach Kuester is heading there as an assistant, it’s an unlikely destination.

What are your thoughts about Coach Kuester being out as the coach?  Is it a good move for the Pistons?  What do you think should be the next move?

So, right now we are a day removed from the last game that the Detroit Pistons played in the 2010-11 NBA season and boy am I glad that it’s over.  Sure they won more games then they did last season, but I would have gladly chucked 15 games down the drain to have avoided this seasons Buffonery.

The Pistons lost Jonas Jerebko in the first pre-season game.  Then never really got to see what they drafted in Terrico White when he broke his foot.  The organization and fans crossed their fingers as they saw bidders for the team come and go no matter how much dough they could toss in the air.  Coaches and players butted heads then coaches and players butted heads then coaches and players butted heads.  Then suddenly Rip Hamilton was stricken with some kind of “flu” that modern medicine couldn’t cure no matter how hard they tried.  Then there was absolutely no moves made before the NBA trade deadline. Then coaches and player butted heads then there was this crazy day when a lot of players just weren’t at practice.  Then Rip played, then Rodney didn’t.  Then when Rodney did play he did his best D Wade impression and when it was all said and done he said this.

“Being in the Doghouse I just wanted come back and play hard for my teammates and my family.”  “Change is on the way.”

All the while Greg Monroe just kept on putting up double-doubles.

And the Worm cried a little.

Now we have a new a new Shiny owner, who likes to dance and says he has big plans.

You’ll hear more from me soon, but trust when I tell you I’m not mourning this team or this season in any sort of way.

R.I.P. Detroit Pistons

 

Goodbye 2010-2011 Detroit Pistons season you sure have been memorable…and not in a good way.
The 29-52 Detroit Pistons play their final game of the season Wednesday night against the surprising good, playoff bound 41-40 Philadelphia 76rs. With a win the Sixers can’t change their playoff seeding , but they can secure their first winning season since 2004-05.

What do the Pistons have to look forward to next season? Hopefully their Jobs if their lucky.

  • The good: It’s over, time to wash things clean. We may need a vat of Clorox, but still.
  • The bad:Muhammad Ali Charlie V won’t be playing because of his little incident. Is that bad though?
  • The unknown: Lottery balls and where they fall.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 8:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Pkus. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

The 28-51 Pistons are in Charlotte to on the 32-47 Bobcats. A win in Charlotte will not only help me win a bet I made earlier this season but it will also prevent the Pistons from avoiding the first 12-game road slide since the mid 1990s.

  • The good: Pistons now have another former top-10 pick looking to resurrect his career in Wilcox, who’s averaged 11.8 points while shooting 67.6 percent over his last 13 games .
  • The bad It could be worse! The Pistons 11 game drought that dates back to Feb. 9 still has a ways to go to match the franchise worst 19 game road skid from 1980-81.
  • The unknown: Will Chris Wilcox score 50? Wilcox has averaged 11.8 points while shooting 67.6 percent over his last 13 games.
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Last chance to see the Pistons this season. Get tickets for Monday (last Pistons home game) nights game for as low as $3!

Tip off is at 6:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

The 27-51 Pistons are at home to CELEBRATE the their new ownership to play a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.  Don’t thing this one is automatic, this game means something to the Bucks who are trying to get that last playoff spot in the east.

The game is an afterthought at this point when we found out earlier today that Tom Gores reached an agreement to buy the team.

  • The good: Tom Gores.
  • The bad: The fact that the Bucks want this one bad.
  • The unknown: With a new owner somethings comes new problems, but honestly what can be worse than this season?

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will televised on FSDetroit Plus.  If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

I’m wont be at the game, but if any of you are, please leave us a comment.