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Pistons interview Chicago Bulls assistant Adrian Griffin

Chris Haynes of of CSN Northwest:

Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin has precipitously garnered interest from the Detroit Pistons and now he’s the latest prospect to have interviewed for their vacant head coaching position, a league source conveyed to CSNNW.com.

According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the coaching search, Griffin partook in an extensive phone interview with Pistons’ President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars over the weekend.

Griffin is not one of the most high-profile candidates on the market, but he interviewed with the Trail Blazers last summer, and the Magic wanted to make him their lead assistant. He fits the profile – overachieved as a player, worked as an assistant under good coaches like Tom Thibodeau – of many excellent head coaches.

Two years ago, Griffin quit coaching to spend more time with his family only to return a few months later. He’s reportedly very religious, using his time off to consider becoming a minister.

Haynes said Griffin had already garnered interest from the Pistons, so this doesn’t mean they’re bringing in new candidates. But I at least wonder whether the Pistons continuing to be in the information-gathering stage at least opens the door for Brian Shaw and/or David Fizdale.

20 Comments

  • May 29, 201311:33 am
    by Todd

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    Maybe the Pistons already know who they want and have a deal in place to bring in Brian Shaw after the Pacers complete their season. Maybe they have someone else lined up and are just finishing some due diligence. OR maybe not! 

    Even above the failure to develop players, or draft good fits for the team, the complete ineptitude that has been shown over the last decade in recruiting and keeping good coaches has been a serious achilles heel for this team.

    Seeing Budenholzer, Mike Brown, and Clifford all who could have been potential fits going elsewhere, and having the Pistons prepare for the draft without the coach who will be forced to make a game plan out of the selected players just boggles my mind!

    Something has to change at the top, and at this point it seems that Dumars needs to go (as much as it pains me to say that).   

  • May 29, 201312:21 pm
    by mshansky

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    The organization seems to proceed in a manner which suggests they are ignorant or apathetic about the improvements that all other teams are trying to implement during the offseason…that is why, every october, for the last 3 or 4 seasons, dumars maintains that the pistons will be better that season because they are a yr more experienced.
    They desperately need  a STAR or SUPERSTAR, much less more than one. Anyone who thinks they will be remotely competitive, entertaining, or even promising this coming season should think twice. This is an abominable organization. They do not even seem to have a game plan for what kind of team to assemble…i can predict right now, they will be no better this coming year than last year, and will provide little or no hope for the future.something must eventually give……lottery next year? 

    • May 29, 20133:17 pm
      by Keith

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      On the upside, failing spectacularly next year and falling into the top 8 would allow us to keep our pick and use it in a draft filled with star-caliber players.

      • May 29, 201310:43 pm
        by Reaction

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        No the Pistons will be retarded enough to try when other teams are tanking thus will end us up with a mid to late lottery pick again.

    • May 29, 20138:35 pm
      by Chris N

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      While I get your pessimism, its premature to say just what the Pistons will be this coming season.  Just too early to make any kind of informed predictions.  They have no coach.  They have not participated in the draft, in free agency and they haven’t made any transactions since the trade deadline.  Any prediction you make at this juncture good or ill is going to be working off of incomplete data.  

  • May 29, 20131:57 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    MY GOD! it should not be this difficult

     

  • May 29, 20132:42 pm
    by mike

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    If I’m Gores, I’m simplifying eveything. I’m offering the farm to Phil to take over full time and hire Shaw, and I’m telling Dumars to GTFO. 

    Problem solved.

    This  garbage with McMillan, Griffin, Cheeks, etc needs to stop. They have a great opportunity sitting right in front of them with Phil that would put us back on the map and bring credibility back to this franchise that looks pathetic right now. I don’t get why they are dicking with Dumars and his list of garbage candidates still.

    Just get rid of him already, Gores. Offer Phil whatever he wants to take a full time position, hire Shaw and be done with this mess

    • May 30, 20131:28 am
      by Gabriel

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      What makes Phil a good front office guy? You do know it is not the same as coaching, right? But I highly doubt you are a Pistons fan if you’re clamoring for Phill. Nobody badmouthed the Bad Boys more than Phil.

      • May 30, 20131:22 pm
        by ejohns

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        Dude, the Badboys were over 20 years ago, get over it. How would you like it if your entire life was dictated on things you said 20 years ago? If anyone deserves a chance to run a franchise it more rings than fingers Phil Jackson. Joe had his time, and he did great. But right now watching him make decisions is like watching Jordan try to play for the wizards. no amount of nostalgia can save this. Be honest, hes starting to hurt his legacy with long time Pistons fans, and no one wants that. don’t get me wrong, I would love it if Joe went off this summer and bought a great coach, and a big named free agent. But we’re doggy paddling right now, and my arms are tired. 

  • May 29, 20133:11 pm
    by Robert

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    I agree with all the above comments. This is not rocket science, Dumars must go! The poor state of the team I love dearly (Pistons) is directly linked to his poor decision making over the last 3 to 5 years. Yes he had some success in drafting quality young player such as Drummond and Monroe, but his poor performance in free agency and trades were our downfall. It is time out for allowing him to rest on past accomplishments while digging the Pistons deeper into cellar of NBA franchises. Change only come with changing something about the teams chemistry. We have tried coaching and player changes, now is the time for a new GM with a fresh ideal. For the record, I have great respect for all that Dumars has accomplished as a player and a GM, but change is needed!

  • May 29, 20134:08 pm
    by I HATE FRANK

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    Brian Shaw hs to be the coach, the timeline that Joe Gives … the People that have been hired already..

    I’m thinking its Shaw then Nate … 

  • May 29, 20134:25 pm
    by Russell C

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    Maybe its a done deal with Lionel Hollins but they can’t talk to him or acknowledge anything until the end of June when his contract expires. Or maybe Gores wants the team to suck so he can move it somewhere else.

    • May 29, 20135:08 pm
      by mike

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      Interesting theory about Hollins. That would make sense given that some are saying the 1st week of June is when they expect us to have a coach.

  • May 29, 20135:07 pm
    by The Rake

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    I dont understand the vitriol over news that another candidate interviewed. What are we supposed to do, just hire any of the ones we’ve a;ready seen? If so, you know who is going to get the gig. If we have to wait to interview Shaw, I am fine with that. Whats the hurry? Its the offseason, and a coach shouldn’t have too much input on who to draft, so I don’t buy into the coach needing to be there to assist with that process. Not saying that is ideal to wait, but I don’t see the urgent need to hire, when the playoffs are still going on and there is no stand out candidate that we have interviewed. Do we all just want MacMillan, just so that its done and we can move on? Not I. I want to interview Shaw and the Pacers said we have to wait. Thats it.

    And BTW, enough with the Phil to Pistons shit. It ain’t happenin’, and I personally, as a long time fan, have a hard time resolving his assistance and input in the matter in the first place. Need to just move on from that likelihood, cause I highly doubt a guy of Phil’s “ego” can handle coming to the D. He turned down Toronto already. Won’t go to BK (albeit as a coach). I just don’t see him coming here in any capacity beyond what has already happened, so its best if mentally, we move on to more constructive things IMO. 

  • May 29, 20136:34 pm
    by Karen

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    if you ask me there all on drugs

  • May 30, 20131:33 am
    by Who Is Us

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    you people do realize that phil jackson has zero front office and personnel experience? in all his years with the bulls and lakers he never made a single player personnel decision, all that was done by jerry west, mitch kupchak, and jerry krause. as for hiring shaw, even if the pistons hired jackson tomorrow, he couldnt hire shaw any faster than dumars.

    anyone who wants to argue that jackson has learning experience from watching his prior gms should really think hard about how his teams were constructed. how many great players did phil watch the bulls draft? zero.  best player two players drafted while he was the coach were bj armstrong and toni kukoc. the list is even worse with the lakers andrew bynum? luke walton? at least sasha vujacic gets some consideration for being maria sharapovas fiance.

    since he wasnt the gm on any of those teams he didnt orchestrate any of the free agency moves the teams made eitherand in each case he walked into the situatin with team stars already lined up. iwith the lakers he walked into a roster with shaq, kobe, fisher, fox, rice, horry, harper, salley, lue, green, shaw, and george.

    the bulls handed phil a roster with jordan, pippen, cartwright, paxon, perdue, hodges, grant, and corzine. 

    those rosters contain the majority of phil championship winning players. ph il jackson is not a front office savoir, hes a great coach who won with great players signed and drafted bygreat front office managers.

  • [...] In other Bulls assistant coaching news, both Ed Pickney and Adrian Griffin interviewed for the Sixers head coaching job, a search that organization don’t seem too interested in (because they’re brazenly trying to lose, you see). Griffin also interviewed for the Pistons head job earlier in the summer. [...]

  • [...] In other Bulls assistant coaching news, both Ed Pickney and Adrian Griffin interviewed for the Sixers head coaching job, a search that organization don’t seem too interested in (because they’re brazenly trying to lose, you see). Griffin also interviewed for the Pistons head job earlier in the summer. [...]

  • [...] In other Bulls assistant coaching news, both Ed Pickney and Adrian Griffin interviewed for the Sixers head coaching job, a search that organization don’t seem too interested in (because they’re brazenly trying to lose, you see). Griffin also interviewed for the Pistons head job earlier in the summer. [...]

  • [...] In other Bulls assistant coaching news, both Ed Pickney and Adrian Griffin interviewed for the Sixers head coaching job, a search that organization don’t seem too interested in (because they’re brazenly trying to lose, you see). Griffin also interviewed for the Pistons head job earlier in the summer. [...]

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