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Pistons to interview Darrell Walker

It doesn’t matter whom the Pistons interview. It matters only whom they hire.

It doesn’t matter whom the Pistons interview. It matters only whom they hire.

It doesn’t matter whom the Pistons interview. It matters only whom they hire.

It doesn’t matter whom the Pistons interview. It matters only whom they hire.

It doesn’t matter whom the Pistons interview. It matters only whom they hire.

Whew. I think repeating that five times is enough for this news. Marc Stein of ESPN:

Sources say that Knicks assistant coach Darrell Walker will soon get an interview for the position vacated by Lawrence Frank.

When news broke of the Pistons’ interest in Walker, I didn’t assume he’d get an interview, but I guess his candidacy is on that level. I still don’t consider him anywhere near likely to get the job, but he should probably be taken more seriously as a potential replacement for Lawrence Frank.

Walker is a Knicks assistant, so the Pistons might have to wait to interview him until New York is eliminated for the playoffs, though different teams have different policies about that. I hope they wouldn’t delay their search solely to interview Walker, but the Pistons don’t sound close to making a hire anyway.

Detroit has been planning its offseason for months, and this is a dead period for pre-draft evaluations. So, I’m pleased with what appears to be an in-depth coaching search – as long as high-profile candidates like Nate McMillan and Mike Budenholzer remain a central part of it.

20 Comments

  • May 13, 20139:02 am
    by G

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    Nothing to see here. They’ll probably bring in Boylan, Carlesimo, VDN, Vitale, John Madden, and try giving Sparky Anderson a call before ultimately deciding on either Budenholzer, McMillan or Shaw.

  • May 13, 201311:14 am
    by gmehl

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    Is anyone else apart from myself missing the lack of pistons info at the moment. Management is seriously keeping there cards close to there chest because I have no idea who the next coach will be. Anyone know what rookies we are going to be looking at/bringing in?? Also if there is a god we will be getting a top 3 pick in the lottery next week. Also if we get the 1st pick who do we take…Noel?? Who would want him that bad that we could trade Stuckey with him?

    • May 13, 201312:12 pm
      by Thiago

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      I think that ever since the Phil Jackson thing was announced, the news became more scarce and strange (e.g. Walker and JB Bickerstaff).

  • May 13, 20131:45 pm
    by frankie d

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    Sorry…the pistons’ recent tendency towards an institutional form of ADD makes it tough to simply ignore the very same problem playing out in real time, right before our eyes.
    The weird lack of urgency on player movement during these past 5 years…the lack of trades…the fact that dumars has routinely not worked out projected top ten draft options…the fact that the team routinely has not sent anyone to mass workouts for draft prospects…the fact that the team still  refuses to adequately scout and exploit the d league…the fact that the team had refused to staff a department concerned with advanced stats till this year…
    There are lots of other tasks and duties the team has  simply ignored and until the team shows that it knows how to focus on true priorities, this sort of scattershot approach to a new coach just confirms that the previous chaos has not ended.

  • May 13, 20132:37 pm
    by TDP

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    Is “whom” the correct usage?

    • May 13, 20132:53 pm
      by G

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      I think it is. I’m not a grammar expert or anything, but I believe “whom” is supposed to be used when the “whom” is not the subject. In this case I believe the Pistons are the subject, making “whom” correct. Please, if anyone has a better idea, feel free to chime in.

    • May 13, 20133:06 pm
      by G

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      Crap, now I’m not sure. It seems like “whom” would be the subject of the clause “it doesn’t matter”, meaning it should be “who”, not “whom”. See if you can make sense of this:
      http://web.ku.edu/~edit/whom.html 

      • May 13, 20134:46 pm
        by tarsier

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        “Who” is a subject.
        “Whom” is an object.

        “The Pistons” is the subject as it is the thing doing something (interviewing or hiring). “Whom” is the object because the action (interviewing or hiring) is being done to it. This becomes easier to see if you rearrange the sentence, “The Pistons interview Walker”

        So “It doesn’t matter whom the Pistons are interviewing” is correct. To change the object to a subject, you would make the sentence “It doesn’t matter who is being interviewed by the Pistons”.

    • May 13, 20135:37 pm
      by sloppy joe

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      Yes “whom” is correct.

      A good way to remember:

      If the question can be answered with “him” use “whom” (the words ending in “m” go together)
      If the question is answered with “he” use “who” 

      Whom will they hire?
      They will hire him. 

      • May 14, 20139:31 am
        by G

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        Except they’re talking about “who” matters or doesn’t matter. The subject is “who the Pistons interview”. I think it’s “who”, not “whom”. You could rephrase as “He doesn’t matter” for “Who doesn’t matter”, or more completely “Who the Pistons interview doesn’t matter”.

        It’s confusing but the verb “interview” actually describes the subject of the verb “to matter”. 

        • May 14, 201312:54 pm
          by TDP

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          Yeah, I’m pretty sure it’s “who.”

  • May 13, 20133:18 pm
    by Crispus

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    At least it’s not Antoine Walker.

  • May 13, 20134:31 pm
    by tarsier

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    No Piston gets even a single 2nd team defense vote :(

    Somehow, Tony Parker, Kobe Bryant, and Mike James each pulled a first team vote in spite of being minus defenders. 

  • May 13, 20136:38 pm
    by Big Rick

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    This sucks! Thought the Darrell Walker thing was reported on last week. So are athe Pistons wasting their time by interviewing ALL of these candidates if they’re not seriously considering them. It’s a difference between being thorough, and wasting time and resources interviewing everyone under the sun. I know there is urgency in getting it right this time but GEESH! 

  • May 13, 20136:56 pm
    by Grizz

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    It does matter whom the Pistons interview because it demonstrates how smart or stupid the GM is.

    It does matter whom the Pistons interview because it demonstrates how smart or stupid the GM is.
     
    It does matter whom the Pistons interview because it demonstrates how smart or stupid the GM is.
     
    It does matter whom the Pistons interview because it demonstrates how smart or stupid the GM is.
     
    It does matter whom the Pistons interview because it demonstrates how smart or stupid the GM is.
    It does matter whom the Pistons interview because it demonstrates how smart or stupid the GM is.
    It does matter whom the Pistons interview because it demonstrates how smart or stupid the GM is.
     
    It does matter whom the Pistons interview because it demonstrates how smart or stupid the GM is.

    Seriously .. this is why Phil Jackson was brought in, wasnt it? To nix pointless interviews like this?    … The only thing that matters is inteviewing GOOD CANDIDATES.
     

    • May 14, 20139:33 am
      by G

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      That’s dumb. What good is interviewing good candidates if you hire the worst of the lot? Aren’t results more important than process in this case?

  • May 13, 20138:39 pm
    by mike

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    These courtesy interviews are nothing than the Pistons stalling while they wait for Shaw to become available. He’s the only real candidate left that they haven’t met with yet. Its obvious he is the guy they are going to hire, imo. Joe called Phil a great resource. Phil has been touting Shaw for years. Put 2 and 2 together, and you have Joe with interest in Shaw, but unallowed to interview him, so he’s using Phil to get some extra insight. Shaw is the guy, imo. They just are in a waiting game because of Donnie Walsh’s dumb rule.

     

    • May 13, 20138:43 pm
      by mike

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      If they wanted to hire these other guys they would’ve done so already. The only real candidate they have yet to interview is Shaw. 

      Best case scenario: We hire Shaw, and Phil stays on as his mentor/advisor, like how Riley advises Spoelstra. 

  • May 13, 201311:44 pm
    by The Rake

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    Cue the Phil Jackson blackmail theories about how he really just wants to stick it to the franchise that crushed his Lakers dynasty. #SleepingWithTheEnemy

    • May 14, 20132:03 am
      by mike

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      Phil’s probably recommending we try to steal Scotty Brooks away from OKC. That way Phil can take over and coach Durant to another dynasty lol

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