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Bucks to interview Lakers’ Steve Clifford, which might hold meaning for Pistons

What do Nate McMillan, Kelvin Sampson and J.B. Bickerstaff have in common?

All three have been linked to the Pistons’ head-coaching vacancy, and all three have interviewed with the Bucks.

Perhaps, this is just coincidence. After all, teams like the Pistons and Bucks have only so many viable coaching candidates to pursue (plus Darrell Walker).

But maybe it’s not just dumb luck. Joe Dumars and John Hammond, the onetime No. 2 in Detroit’s front office who now serves as Milwaukee’s general manager, might just share similar preferences after years of working together and learning from each other.

That’s why Pistons fans should pay at least a little attention to a report the Bucks will interview Lakers assistant coach Steve Clifford. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

When Bucks general manager John Hammond reached out to gauge Stan Van Gundy’s interest in the job, Van Gundy declined but delivered a strong recommendation for Clifford, league sources said. Clifford spent five years on Van Gundy’s Orlando Magic staff before joining the Lakers in the summer of 2012.

Clifford fits the profile of the kind of hands-on, defensive-minded candidate that Hammond has been seeking

Will Clifford soon pop up on the Pistons’ radar? Not necessarily. But, at minimum, if Detroit’s and Milwaukee’s searches diverge, that would increase the Pistons’ chances of landing their top target.


  • May 13, 20136:51 pm
    by Grizz


    … or could simply be that the Bucks and Pistons are currently looking for head coaches … out of a small field of a dozen or so … Certainly the candidates are going to intervew with as many as possible.

  • May 13, 201311:04 pm
    by Desolation Row



    Any word on why the Pistons are not interested in one of the most (if not the most) accomplished coaches available? 

    • May 14, 201310:22 am
      by Keith


      Could simply be that the interest wasn’t mutual. If we call up Sloan and he politely declines without alerting the media, we aren’t going to go telling people that he turned us down.

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