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Mike Woodson interviews with Pistons’ Bob Wentworth and Phil Norment

Mike Woodson met with Tom Gores’ right-hand men, Bob Wentworth and Phil Norment, according to Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press:

“I wore my best suit," Woodson joked. “They didn’t really give me a timetable. I don’t know what’s going to happen yet. They said they were going to go away, and I’m sure they’ll talk to Mr. Gores and figure out their next move, I guess. All I can say is that I thought it went well."

Woodson also said he hasn’t met Gores and Joe Dumars was in and out of today’s meeting.*

*Today is the final day teams can make trades using 2010-11 salaries and the current Collective Bargaining Agreement’s rules. I suspect most trades the Pistons would make will also be possible after the lockout, but Dumars has probably spent most of his day doing his due diligence in case a deal presents itself that works now but might not later.

If he doesn’t make a trade before midnight, I’m not concerned. I don’t care whether he makes roster moves three months or three days before training camp. Neither changes Detroit’s prospects for next season and beyond.

It certainly appears Woodson is progressing as a candidate. Meeting with the Bobs* Bob &Phil,** seems like the next step toward him becoming the Pistons’ next head coach.

*Norment should really change his first name to Bob. I can’t read about them and not picture this.

**I’m going to continue introducing them with their last names for now, but fair warning, Wentworth and Norman will soon be known as just “Bob & Phil” on this site.

I wouldn’t necessarily conclude this is Woodson’s job to lose,, though. Who knows how many other candidates the Pistons plan to bring back for second interviews? Maybe they just happened to schedule Woodson’s second interview first.

But without knowing any plans for more second interviews, I’d guess – and I stress “guess” – Woodson is the favorite.

5 Comments

  • Jun 30, 20115:59 pm
    by rob

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    The more I think about it, this doesnt mean as much as it seems on the surface.

    IMO, all the second interview means is that Woodson is the guy Joe told Gores he liked. So, Gores sent his ppl in to check him out. Thats all it was, imo.

    With the hiring of Checketts and now the firing of Ostfeld, I think its becoming more clear who is in charge here, and thats Gores, Norment, and Wentworth. And thats a good thing, imo.

    So, just because Joe wants Woodson, doesnt mean a whole lot anymore, imo. Because ultimately, its going to be Gores’ call.
     
    Gores is no dummy. He did his homework on Joe and knows his strenghts/weaknesses as a GM. He knows he is not good at choosing coach’s, and doesnt appear to trust his opinion, as evident by the hiring of Checketts. So, this 2nd interview just means Joe favors Woodson, but like I said, I dont think Joe’s opinion matters anymore, when it comes to hiring a coach.

  • Jun 30, 20116:21 pm
    by detroitpcb

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    What is obvious is that this hire is no longer Joe’s call. The mere fact that he was in and out today while the Gores men conducted the interview says as much.

    Personally, i hope Woodson is not the choice

  • Jun 30, 20116:40 pm
    by bob bayer

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    detroitpcb and rob … good posts … got more hope for the future now …

  • Jul 1, 20119:07 am
    by John

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    Why do we keep hiring former assistants?  Kuester and Woodson are too closely associated for me…..What is wrong with Lawrence Frank (of the names I’m hearing)?  He has HEAD coach experience and success.  What do you think Tom and Joe D????????

    • Jul 1, 20113:55 pm
      by Jason

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      You do realize Woodson was the HEAD coach of the Atlanta Hawks for 6 seasons, right? They won more games each and every year under Woodson.. Not saying he is my number one choice (Laimbeer is), but he is a CLOSE second… I will be more then happy hiring Woodson. I think you are mistaking him for someone else…

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