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Pistons done bringing in coaching candidates

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

But as the Pistons concluded their interview with Oklahoma City assistant Maurice Cheeks Wednesday, their first face-to-face meeting after phone conversations while the Thunder were still in the playoffs, it appears they won’t be bringing in any more candidates, a source tells The Detroit News.

No Brian Shaw. No David Fizdale. No Larry Drew.

Considering we don’t know everyone Joe Dumars has interviewed, this news means only so much. But it might indicate the Pistons will hire a coach before the conference finals end – unless they really had no interest in Shaw or Lionel Hollins, anyway.

21 Comments

  • May 23, 20132:14 pm
    by G

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    Sounds like Cheeks is the guy. If that’s the case, I HATE this hire. He’s like an embodiment of this franchise right now – not good enough to win a playoff series, not bad enough to get a top-3 lottery pick. Mediocrity has a stale, sour scent.

    • May 23, 20133:07 pm
      by mike

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      Agreed on your assesment of Cheeks. But I don;t think this means he’s the guy.

      If he is though, Joe should be fired

  • May 23, 20132:27 pm
    by Haan

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    But hadn’t (an unattributed) Det News (?) story reported earlier that Brian Shaw had been interviewed (a report that was contested here, as I recall)?  The truth regarding that issue will emerge soon enough if Shaw’s on a short list that’s made public; if he’s not, we may not (ever) know for sure about the purported interview.

    • May 23, 20132:36 pm
      by G

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      Donnie Walsh is against letting his assistants interview while the team is still playing. I think what was reported was the Pistons contacted Shaw for an interview, they didn’t actually talk to him.

    • May 23, 20133:55 pm
      by CNA5

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      G’s right about Shaw.  I just want to add a small clarification.  They could have talked to Shaw or his agent.  For all we know, Shaw could have told Dumars to drop dead and privately told him to not consider him.

      • May 23, 20135:58 pm
        by Haan

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        Good point, CNA5.  Being in communication with a candidate, even decisively so, can occur without a direct interview, especially via an agent.  I’m thinking that with Phil Jackson playing a part in the process the team attempted to get some kind of reading on Brian Shaw.  If they really haven’t, then I would question that the interviewing process is truly completed.  Completed for the time being, maybe.

  • May 23, 20132:33 pm
    by Haan

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    Oops.  Read the earlier stories after submitting a comment about the most recent one. 

  • May 23, 20132:40 pm
    by mshansky

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     I believe that the Pistons’ error with Frank was hiiring  him on the basis of his “salesmanship and presentation” at his interview. I also think that, contrary to CW, what the team needs NOW is not necessarily a long-term head coach, but rather a “kick starter”, like a Doug Collins,Laimbeer, Skiles, etc.
    These coaches will not last that long but can be replaced by more stable, long term guys later.Right now, I think we need a short term fix . Looking at the team’s performance last season, low energy, low talent, lack of a competitive spirit, we are a long way from worrying about  subtleties…… conclusion : Stan van Gundy…….

    • May 23, 20132:56 pm
      by G

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      I’d like it if they got SVG, but he’s already said he wants to coach a contender or warm weather team. Since Detroit is neither, he’s out.

  • May 23, 20133:06 pm
    by David

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    Hasn’t Goodwill’s reporting of the whole coaching search been kind of questionable? How does he know the Pistons won’t be interviewing anyone else? Your quote from the article is from an unnamed source. Keep in mind that with the Pistons competing with other teams for coaches they might be throwing some misinformation out there.

    I’d be pretty disappointed if it turns out Dumars and Gores decided not to interview Shaw or Drew for any reason. There’s no timetable that’s more important than hiring the best coach possible. There’s no way Cheeks having a mind blowing interview should discount Shaw or Drew or other candidates that can’t interview until the playoffs or contractual issues end in the next month or two.

     

    • May 23, 20133:08 pm
      by David

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      that’s not to say Shaw or Drew are the guys. Or that either would take the coaching position if offered. But if, by waiting, they would come in and interview and consider the position, the Pistons should wait.

  • May 23, 20133:12 pm
    by mike

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    imo, this means nothing, because teams are allowed to hire assistants who are still coaching in the playoffs. The fact that Phil is involved, and knowing how Joe has a good repoire with Walsh, I’d be very surprised if the Pistons didn’t already interview Shaw. Remember its not against the rules to interview assistants, its just Walsh’s general rule. That doesn’t mean he told Joe/Phil no.

    So yeah, given that IND will likely be out of the playoffs 10 days from now, it makes sense that they are just waiting until after they are done to announce it, out of respect to Walsh, so as to not make it any distraction. 

  • May 23, 20133:42 pm
    by butterscotch

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    Please say it isn’t so!!!!!

  • May 23, 20135:05 pm
    by Scott Free

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    Did the sports writers float names like Sloan, Buddenholzer, or Shaw just to get our hopes up or something? 

    Maurice Cheeks?!  Am I missing something here?

  • May 23, 20135:09 pm
    by Lake Side Live

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    I hope one of those coaches that Joe Interviewed that he says nobody knows about it is Obadrovic.  Perfect sports movie a foreign coach, a bunch of nobodies and the city of Detroit.  Let Sandra Bullock produce it, hit for sure.

  • May 23, 20135:43 pm
    by MongoSlade86

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    I think in a Mlive article Joe’s been quoted as basically saying to the media you guys haven’t even reported on most of coaches I’ve talk to meaning it could be someone else. Maybe a veteran coach or a college coach that has a good respectable background.

    • May 23, 20136:04 pm
      by MongoSlade86

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      This is the article I found the quote http://www.mlive.com/pistons/index.ssf/2013/05/joe_dumars_on_detroit_pistons.html

  • May 23, 20136:15 pm
    by sop

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    Ridiculous to think that Hollins will be going anywhere anyways. Most likely Phil gave them an indication about 2 or 3 candidates he thinks would be good who they’ve already interviewed now and Joe’s just mulling it over so it looks like it was his decision.

  • May 23, 20136:47 pm
    by Grizz

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    .. for what it is worth .. I have a feeling the Pistons will hire someone who is at least a good head coach .. After the last 3 … gonna be happy about that ..

  • May 23, 20139:02 pm
    by gmehl

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    I will go against the grain here and say that I still think that Joe had an interview with Brian Shaw. Mainly due to with how smirky he was after his interview at the lottery in him saying that he had interviewed guys that the media hadn’t picked up on yet. People forget that there are things like Skype/Facetime that can be secretly used in an interview process. To me it is way to coincidental that Phil Jackson was brought in without Brian Shaw getting an interview. I’d say that Joe requested an interview with Shaw and Walsh said no so that’s when Jackson was consulted to get his feel on how Shaw would fit as our head coach. Of coarse an interview via Skype isn’t the best way to get a feel for someone but I wouldn’t be suprised that it was done whether Shaw had Walsh’s permission or not.

    • May 24, 20139:00 am
      by G

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      This I doubt strongly for several reasons. First, Joe D has built his rep on being a stand up guy, and doing something sneaky like a skype interview when the GM is against it goes against what Dumars stands for. Second, if Shaw doesn’t get the HC job then he’ll have pissed off his GM whenever Walsh finds out (and he would find out), and probably lose his job. Third, a sneaky move like that would make Dumars a less desirable trade partner for the rest of the GM’s in the league. Since Dumars’ best tool is trading assets, I can’t see him shooting himself in the foot that way.

      What would Dumars stand to gain by going behind Walsh’s back like that? How is it better than waiting a couple weeks for Indy to get knocked out? 

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