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Vincent Goodwill: Pistons have not interviewed Brian Shaw or David Fizdale

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

The Pistons also formally interviewed former Pistons and Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter and Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, among others, but haven’t yet talked to Pacers assistant Brian Shaw or Heat assistant David Fizdale, whose teams are still in the playoffs.

My skepticism of a Brian Shaw interview, which the Detroit Free Press reported, turned out to be correct. The Pacers have maintained they weren’t giving their assistants permission to interview elsewhere until after the playoffs, and I guess Shaw with the Pistons was no exception.

Goodwill previously reported the Pistons wanted to interview both Shaw and Fizdale. It’s not impossible for assistants to interview during the playoffs, but there are definitely hurdles.


  • May 23, 20135:46 pm
    by The Rake


    It’s smokescreen time of year. I wouldnt say that your speculation is right or wrong, we really do not know. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reports today that sources say Dumars wants either Cheeks or MacMillan and that if Jackson gets his guy (Shaw in there) that it will only show how impotent JD is in the franchise considering the poorly kept secret that JD wanted Woodson and Gores wanted Frank previously. We really dont know what is going to happen here. Yes, the speculation and double speak put everything on the table, but we just have to, as bad as it seems, sit back and wait til something firms up.  I think we as fans, all want to see Shaw at least get an interview, hopefully the Heat eliminate Pacers quickly so we will get a shot at doing so, but LAC or BKN may be more attractive possibilities to him, we just don’t know.  BTW, I wonder we we didn’t attempt to reach out to PJ. I don’t think he’s great but he seems a knowledgable guy. Maybe not the right fit, but seems worth talking to. IDK.

  • May 23, 20137:37 pm
    by gmehl


    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.

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