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Pistons, Kuester agree on three-year deal UPDATE

Posted on: July 8, 2009 4:11 pm
Edited on: July 8, 2009 4:34 pm
The Pistons have agreed to a three-year contract with Cavaliers assistant John Kuester to be their next coach, has confirmed.

Kuester, who previously worked on the Pistons' staff as an assistant when the team won the NBA title in 2004 under Larry Brown, is traveling to Detroit Wednesday night and is expected to be introduced Thursday morning after signing the contract, a person familiar with the situation said. The deal is fully guaranteed for three years, the person said.

The Pistons opened negotiations with Kuester, credited with diversifying Cleveland's offense last season under coach Mike Brown, after failing to agree to contract terms with former Mavericks coach Avery Johnson on Tuesday. The sticking point with Johnson, who is owed $8 million from Dallas over the next two seasons, was said to have been a third guaranteed year.

UPDATE: Kuester leaves LeBron James in Cleveland for a chance to sit in the first seat on a rapidly evolving Detroit bench. The Pistons were the first team to jump aggressively into the free-agent market last week, agreeing to terms with Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva. If team president Joe Dumars is unable to make other moves, those signings will effectively preclude Detroit from being a major player in the 2010 free-agent market that will include LeBron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh -- unless they decide to sign extensions with their current teams this summer.

Dumars fired Michael Curry last week after only one season at the helm. Curry's inability to juggle the three-man backcourt of Richard Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey, and Allen Iverson in the wake of Dumars' decision to trade Chauncey Billups to Denver for A.I. is now Kuester's problem, though with slightly different names: Stuckey, Hamilton, and Gordon.

Kuester, 55, has paid his dues as an assistant in Boston, Philadelphia, Detroit, New Jersey, Orlando, and Cleveland. His name quickly climbed the charts of head coaching candidates last season after Mike Brown gave him autonomy to revamp the Cavs' offensive approach following the team's acquisition of Mo Williams.

Category: NBA

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: July 9, 2009 11:45 am

Pistons, Kuester agree on three-year deal UPDATE

What championship did Detroit win in the 70's?

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: July 9, 2009 8:58 am

Pistons, Kuester agree on three-year deal UPDATE

Last time I checked nobody on the roster of the Cavs was making shots against the Magic except Lebron.  Check out the shooting %'s of Mo Williams, Gauskas, and Reds.  So with nobody making shots in quarters 1-3 why would you expect them to suddenly start in quarter 4 when the defense becomes even more intense.  The Cavs got a bad matchup with the Magic, simply because they had the size and shooters to make Lebron have to work on the defensive end and wear him down.  Turk, lewis and Lee all were big enough to make LeBron's job harder than other teams.  If Mo is not going to strap up and make some shots the Cavs are beatable obviously.

Since: May 10, 2009
Posted on: July 9, 2009 12:58 am

Pistons, Kuester agree on three-year deal UPDATE

After watching the Pistons for serveral seasons now you can see things really beginging to change. First with them going from Rick Carisle Larry Brown and Flip Saunders all coaches who produced, then to Micheal Curry rookie head coach. Now with Mr. Big Shot gone Sheed and Ben the glory days are down to Prince and Rip. Both of who could be on the move with free agent signing Ben Gordon and 1st rouind pick on Austin Daye a carbon copy of Tayshaun. Things are going to be quite different around these parts for the Psitons faithful. One thing is forsure don't count Joe Durmas out of the 2010 free agenicies quite yet he'll make the moves needed to have the cap room to sign one of the big guys. If he cant land one of the big guys, as good as Dumars was as a player and a GM head may not be in D-TOWN much longer.

Since: Jun 15, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 11:43 pm

Congrats John Kuester

Happy that the guy finally got head coaching job.  I'm sure that he's a pretty good coach and has had some experience coaching with Detroit in the past.  The Pistons are changing their look and seem to be coming a little more like a finesse team.  My question is Kuester mostly drew up the plays when he was with the Cavs he had these long discussions during time outs drawing up plays with Mike Brown standing with his arms folded nodding in approval.  The Cavs would come out of the time out with LeBron handling the ball bouncing it for 10 seconds or more at the top of key, eveybody spread out standing still, and LeBron eventually driving down the middle or pulling up for a jumper.  That isn't an offense! Without a superstar in Detroit I like to see how he'll draw up plays.  Should be interesting.

Since: May 25, 2009
Posted on: July 8, 2009 11:19 pm

Pistons, Kuester agree on three-year deal UPDATE

I am sorry, but the Cavs were the best team in the league.  They were outcoached and out played in the last round of the playoffs.  How you can say it was a dumb hire is not very observant.  The match-ups is what cost the CAVS not their offence.  They Still score against your team in Orlando, but had no answer for the defense....   Now you are faulting the guy for having LeBron.  That is absurd.  That is like saying you wouldn't hire any Orlando coach because all they do is shoot 3 pointers.  Obviously, that caught up to you in the LA series.  Just a dumb statement and Post!

Since: Feb 14, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 10:26 pm

Pistons, Kuester agree on three-year deal UPDATE

Kuester wasnt in the Pistons plans when they fired Michael Curry.  They wanted an experienced coach and went after Doug Collins and then Avery Johnston.  Neither of them were comfortable with the Pistons management and the quick hiring and firing of coaches.  Kuester was their third option and they signed him because he was cheap and wasnt asking for a long terrm guaranteed contract.  He will be gone in a year or two also.  Im not happy with the hire but they got him to fill an immediate need for a coach.

Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: July 8, 2009 9:32 pm

Pistons, Kuester agree on three-year deal UPDATE

So I ask everyone that has commented in this blog who the pistons should have gone after?  Avery Johnson was not going to work out, Doug Collins was already a pistons coach and that did not workout, and he took himself out of picture.  Kuester was an assistant coach to Larry Brown when Larry coach the pistons and won a CHAMPIONSHIP, so there is some back ground with the team.  As far as experience goes my man has had 15 years of assistant coaching.  Did anyone ever hear of Rick Carlisle really before he was the pistons head coach, and now look at him.  The pistons are in the brinks of rebuilding the team, as bad as the team was last year I am not expecting them to come back and go all the way to the championship. 

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: July 8, 2009 8:13 pm

Pistons, Kuester agree on three-year deal UPDATE

Dumb move. Period. I can't believe how far Dumars has fallen in recent years. Unbelievably poor choice. I'm speechless.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 8:08 pm

Pistons, Kuester agree on three-year deal UPDATE

I never even heard of this guy and Detroit is a defensive team, not an offensive one.  Bringing in an offensive coach does not make sense, and to hire a coach who has never coached anywhere after just firing one in the same situation is dumb.  I agree with Bucsfan about the Cavs offense.  It was not so good.  It may have been strong in the regular season, but the regular season means nothing.  If you cannot score in the playoffs, that's what matters because you will not be able to win.  That is what happened with the Cavs.  Their offense was far from solid in the playoffds.  They blew big leads in every home game and in every fourth quarter against the Magic, it was a Lebron iso game.  Everyone looked to get the ball to him and Orlando knew this.  The Cavs also had no one to stop Howard and couldn't play defense because of it.  And did anyone think for a second that Orlando had a better team than Cleveland?  Besides Lebron and Mo Williams, this was a team of role players and an aging big man; remove Lebron, this team would not even come close to making the playoffs.  And everyone else has a valid point about Orlando not being good for a long time and they have won the same amount as Cleveland (no titles) but the fact is that they beat the Cavs.  What happened 14 years ago does not matter now and the Magic have done more this season than Cleveland did.  And Moneybags is right about one thing:  he is not to be blamed to what happened against the Magic.  Doubling Howard left a shooter open at all times and if he was single-covered, he would dominate.  Also, coach Brown made most of the coaching decisions.  But I think Detroit, a veteran team, should have went with someone who has been a head coach somewhere before.

Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: July 8, 2009 6:58 pm

Pistons, Kuester agree on three-year deal UPDATE

Tay and Rip won't be here that much as we Detroiters love these guys, Joe D is ready to make moves with them.

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