Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News reported Larry Drew couldn’t contact the Pistons and the Pistons were done bringing in new coaching candidates, but has a door opened now that the Hawks hired Mike Budenholzer? Goodwill:
Former Atlanta Hawks coach Larry Drew wouldn’t mind an interview with the Pistons, and there had been mutual interest, sources familiar with the situation told The Detroit News.
Drew did a very nice job in Atlanta, finishing 44-38, 40-26 and 44-38 in his three seasons. In fact, presumed-favorite Nate McMillan could go 82-0 next season and start the following year 7-0, and his career winning percentage would still fall short of Drew’s current mark.
After Mike Woodson coached the Hawks to no better than middling defenses, Atlanta’s defense under Drew ranked 13th, 6th and 10th. Drew took a team in transition and kept it in the playoffs. He’s even a former Pistons player.
I like Drew a great deal. I’m not sure he’s the best available candidate, but he might be, and I hope the Pistons interview him to assess whether he is.
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