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Joe Dumars: I’ve interviewed more coaches than you know about

The Pistons, according to the Detroit Free Press and mostly reported elsewhere previously, have interviewed:

  • Nate McMillan
  • Lindsey Hunter
  • Mike Budenholzer
  • J.B. Bickerstaff
  • Brian Shaw
  • Maurice Cheeks

David Mayo of MLive:

While several of the candidates known to have been interviewed are ex-players, Dumars said the search already has exceeded that scope.

"That’s not all we’ve talked to," Dumars said. "Those are the names that you guys have gotten. But we’ve talked to a lot more than just ex-players, I’m telling you."

Of that group, only Budenholzer and Bickerstaff didn’t play in the NBA. Is Dumars referring to those two? Their interviews were widely reported, so I doubt it.

There are plenty of college coaches who didn’t play in the NBA, so I wonder whether one interviewed with the Pistons. Otherwise, I don’t have much to go on to even make guesses.


  • May 23, 201312:54 pm
    by jacob



  • May 23, 20131:00 pm
    by XstreamINsanity


    From the Detroit News:

    “That’s not all we’ve talked to, those are the names you’ve gotten,” said Dumars, before adding, “We’ve talked to a lot of people. I’m waiting on you to get the names out there.”


  • May 23, 20131:30 pm
    by sebastian


    Yo “G” and “oats”: I sure hope that Isiah is one of the candidates that has been interviewed that we don’t know about.

    • May 23, 20132:13 pm
      by tarsier


      As the quote implies–and the articles goes on to point out that it implies–the candidates we don’t know about are probably not ex-players.

  • May 23, 20134:38 pm
    by Thiago


    I was a little skeptical about Obradovic in the beginning. I’m ok with the idea, I just wasn’t believing that it could happen.

    After reading this, I’m thinking they could be trying to put together a team of NBA-experienced assistant coaches. 

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