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Mike Woodson, Mark Jackson, Mike Malone, Dwane Casey or Lawrence Frank could be the Pistons’ next head coach

Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated named a few possibilities for the Pistons’ next coach (hat tip: Mike Payne of Detroit Bad Boys):

With investor Tom Gores’ purchase of the team becoming official on Wednesday, the clock is ticking louder than ever for coach John Kuester.

Sources have said since the season’s end that Kuester was likely to be fired once the sale went through, and that chorus continues. As reported by ESPN.com, former Atlanta coach Mike Woodson is expected to receive consideration for the likely vacancy. Two other possible candidates are Mark Jackson and Malone, as well as usual suspects like Casey and Frank. As if going 57-107 in two seasons with the Pistons wasn’t trying enough for Kuester, his case was seriously hurt by his frequent battles with players this season.

21 Comments

  • Jun 4, 20113:34 pm
    by rob

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    wtf? is this a joke?

    That list of names sounds worse than the candidates we had to choose from when we had no money to spend on a coach under Karen.

    Now we have a new owner, wtf is he fiddling around with these cheap, inexperienced coaches for?

    Is he counting his pennies already?

    We need a proven/experienced head coach. Not one coach on that list has proven anything, nor has more than a few years experience.

    Dwayne Casey and Mark Jackson?????

    wtf is going on here?

    Heck, why not interview Mike Breen, and Michael Curry again?

  • Jun 4, 20113:49 pm
    by Quick Darshan

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    Whoever it is, as long as they run a motion offense a la Adelman/Sloan.  The Pistons have a lot of skilled players that can shoot and pass (Daye, Gordon, Villanueva, Monroe)  but no elite playmakers.  A motion offense would take the pressure off Stuckey to be the go-to guy and would hopefully make the whole better than the sum of its parts.

  • Jun 4, 20113:57 pm
    by L Boogie

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    How about see what Phil Jackson interest are if any? maybe he would like another chance to coach and get out of the hollywood spotlight; besides, he has won championships, so maybe this time around he can coach another team without the hollywood drama, and just coach for the love the game, and help get this team going in the right direction. I am not sure about the triangle offense though, sense that starts with the ball going into the post to the big man, and we really do not have that player yet, although monroe can do it, but it will be better if we got more big men to run that kind of offense. I agree we need a proven coach who can demand defense and let this team run an up tempo style, it would look good. I would say check Phils interest and Sloan, then Adelman before the lesser tier of coaches.

    • Jun 4, 20114:45 pm
      by danny

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      I think one of Phils interests would be winning.

    • Jun 4, 20114:52 pm
      by Faraz

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      Phil Jackson said he has no interest in coaching at all,  not just our team, but any team. He says he just wants to retire now and chill in Montana. 

      I think Sloan or Adelman would work really well. Who is mike Malone and who is Dwane Casey?

  • Jun 4, 20114:43 pm
    by danny

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    Only guy Id like from that list is Frank.

  • Jun 4, 20115:41 pm
    by James

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    Phil would only go to a team that at most is a year away from winning it all. At this point in his career, he’s only interested in breaking Red’s record. If Miami fails to beat Dallas in the Finals this year, I wouldn’t be surprised if Pat started leaving messages on Phil’s answering machine inviting him into discussios.

  • Jun 4, 20115:48 pm
    by tyler

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    Everybody needs to be a little more realistic.  Phil Jackson?  Cmon IF he decided to coach again the pistons would be near the bottom of his list. The Detroit coaching job is not a very attractive or sexy job.  I know guys like rob up there think that this list is sad but who honestly do you expect them to get?  Woodson is a good coach and Jackson and Frank are very capable guys.  Detroit is not a huge market, the city is rebuilding, the team is full of dis-functional players until trades are made and the big thing going against them is Greg Monroe is the only player who is anything close to a young all star.  Nobody wants to coach a bunch arrogant no names.  It is not about Gores being cheap, its about nobody wanting to coach the Pistons.  Out of the candidates that are out there they would be smart to hire Woodson or Jackson

    • Jun 4, 20117:39 pm
      by rob

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      The Pistons have a couple good young pieces and if Gores would pay for a real coach, we would get a real coach. You get what you pay for, and there should be no such thing as overpaying a coach from a fan perspective, because it doesnt count on the cap. The only thing it affects is the owners bank account. If he wants to have to hire another coach in 2 yrs, then he can go cheap and settle for one of these guys that are almost certain to fail. If he wants his team to get back to winning and turned around, then you pay a coach that has proven success in doing that and can do the job, whatever the cost. Because in the long-run it will be worth it. And coaches will go anywhere for the right price. I’m tired of hearing nobody will come to Detroit. We have one of the most successful franchises in the league, and this is NOT a small market team. I’m tired of writers like Keith Langlois comparing us to CLE and TOR. We are a big market, the 10th most populated city in America. Just because we’re not the biggest market like LA/NY, doesnt mean we’re some tiny city on the map. There’s no reason we shouldn’t be able to get top coaches and talent to come here with our success. But you still have to pay them what they deserve. No star comes here because stars deserve $15-20 mil/yr and the most Frugal Joe will pay a player is $12 mil. Thats why stars never come here, not because of the city. Because mr D refused to max out players, and thats what stars cost. The Pistons and theirs media want you to believe its the city, but its not, its them being too cheap. I thought Gores was going to be different, but so far with that list, it sounds the same. The Pistons need to get out of that “diamond in the rough” mindset and just pay someone great what they are worth already. I’m so tired of the Pistons always looking for the blue light special. If we had been spending what the Lakers and Celtics have over the years, we probably could have 7-8 championships by now.

      • Jun 4, 201110:28 pm
        by tyler

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        Who do you suggest they pay?  Sloan isn’t coming back for just any team.  You make it sound like the Pistons is a great job.  It isn’t.  You mentioned success.  It has to be recent success for a good coach to come.  Th last two year’s records and the all the drama makes the Pistons a job that not a lot of great coaches would want.  I know Piston’s fans are proud but cmon, Detroit may be well populated (they are not top ten they are about 18 or 19 in the top 50 populated cities) but the team is a wreck.  I understand your view on paying for a good coach but let me ask this.  Who else is available?  It is not all about money.  Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan would rather retire then coach this team.  You need to face reality and realize that great coaches won’t coach this team for lots of money.  Another thing is Joe isn’t as cheap as you think.  People just think he has all this money to play with to sign superstars.  He set up structured contracts for guys, vets he thought would play well that became problems and under performed (T-Mac, Rip, Stuckey).  The man brought a championship to Detroit in 2004 and 6 eastern conference championships and he doesn’t even play he is just the GM!  No team can stay on top forever.  It will start with Joe and Gores getting a blue print and getting good young talent along with one of the best AVAILABLE and WILLING coaches.

  • Jun 4, 20117:14 pm
    by Scott

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    I’ll take Mike Woodson and Lawrence Frank as possible candidates. The rest of that list you can cross off.

  • Jun 4, 20117:23 pm
    by Faraz

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    If the pay is right, (which i hope Gores spends on), Rick Adelman or Jerry Sloan might come. Although i hear that Adelman prefers warm climate cities.

  • Jun 4, 20118:03 pm
    by John

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    Mike Woodson would be solid, he coached up altanta and the pistons need to be rebuilt I think he fits well.

  • Jun 4, 20119:41 pm
    by Scott

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    Also remember, the difference between Woodson and Kuester is that Woodson has proven he can win as head coach. He was also on our 2004 title team like Kuester was.

  • Jun 4, 201110:36 pm
    by PantsPooper

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    If we’re contacting Phil Jackson and Jerry Sloan about coaching our team, we should also call up Dean Smith and John Wooden.

  • Jun 5, 201112:15 am
    by DSV

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    I’m snickering at this line: “If we had been spending what the Lakers and Celtics have over the years, we probably could have 7-8 championships by now.”

    Hahahahahaha! Face it man, Detroit is not the first choice for any free agent. It’s something we have to compete with. It may be ahead of Toronto and Cleveland, but free agents will never select Detroit over LA, Miami, Boston, New York, etc. Your motto seems to play to the Atlanta style of maxing out Joe Johnson. I’d rather not.

    As far as coaches… Woodson would be fine with me. I’ve said it before though, we need players more than coaches. Think a few years ago that Spoelstra, Carlisle, Scott Brooks were ‘must haves’ for all of these teams? No. They had good players and coaches who could handle them. We all have been exposed to a particularly bad player manager in Kuester and have been brainwashed to think that coaching matters that much. I won’t argue that coaching is a moot point, but I will argue that no coach could make our players a contender.
     

  • Jun 5, 20118:29 am
    by acr

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    This is a list of coaches that some guy at Sports Illustrated made up based on speculation on ESPN.com – Woodson is “expected to receive consideration for the likely vacancy” and “Two other possible candidates” are Jackson and Malone, etc.  The SI guy has no clue who the Pistons are considering for the next coach- he just randomly put together a list of names that have been mentioned as possibilities in other coaching searches.
    I’m all for debating on who we think the next coach should be, but we should wait to see who the actual candidates are before criticizing Dumars and Gores for a list of names that was invented without any research or sources and then re-posted as “news”…
    BTW – love @PantsPooper’s comment on Jackson and Sloan – and I would add Adelman to that list…

  • Jun 5, 201110:34 am
    by acr

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    Just to clarify, I meant add Adelman to Jackson and Sloan on the list of “old guys who shouldn’t coach anymore” – not to a list of former great coaches…

  • Jun 5, 20112:03 pm
    by John

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    Sloan or Adelman would be nice. Trade Ben Gordon, Austin Daye and the #8 pick to minnesota for their #2 pick, martell webster, wesley johnson and nikola pekovic. Draft Irving or Derrick Williams(whoever is available) and address other needs in free agency. Resign Jerebko and give t-mac the role player role. What a future that would be

  • Jun 5, 20115:06 pm
    by kg

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    should get D’Antoni when NY fires him.  nobody plays defense in the D anyway, so it would be a match made in heaven. jk
     
    bring back Larry Brown!!!

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