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Pistons fire John Kuester as head coach

Posted on: June 5, 2011 3:28 pm
Edited on: June 6, 2011 6:34 am
 
Posted by Royce Young

It was expected, but John Kuester was relieved of his head coaching position in Detroit, the team announced today.

“Decisions like this are difficult to make,” said general manager Joe Dumars in a statement. “I want to thank John for his hard work and dedication to the organization over the last two years, however, at this time we have decided to make a change.”

Kuester became Detroit's head coach in July of 2009, replacing Michael Curry. In two seasons on the bench, Kuester led Detroit to just a record of 57-107.  As an assistant on Larry Brown's staff, he helped lead the Pistons to their 2004 championship.

It was a pretty rocky season in Detroit for Kuester and not just because the team stunk. At one point late in the year, the team arranged a bit of a protest against him as players were upset with him. It appeared Kuester had lost control of his team as veterans such as Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton and Charlie Villanueva publicly voiced dissenting opinions.

Kuester butted heads with both Prince and Hamilton over playing time, sitting both for extended periods including a deactivation of Hamilton for nearly a month. Late in March, the team had even privately nicknamed Kuester "Sean Penn" because of the Penn movie "Dead Man Walking."

This firing was entirely expected, but the Pistons wanted to wait until the ownership transfer with Tom Gores' group was finished up. After David Stern announced before Game 1 of the NBA Finals that the sale was complete, it was only a matter of time. As is protocol, the new ownership group first met with Kuester and Dumars to decide any future plans. Once that meeting happened, Kuester was out.

Kuester was an assistant to new Laker head coach Mike Brown in Cleveland and is expected to join Brown's staff in Los Angeles. As for who the Pistons are looking at, reportedly former Atlanta coach Mike Woodson is an early leading candidate along with the usual list we've come to know -- Lawrence Frank, Dwane Casey, Mark Jackson, Mike Budenholzer.

Woodson though was an assistant under Larry Brown in Detroit and with a pretty solid tenure in Atlanta, would likely be a good fit for the Pistons.

Comments

Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:44 am
 

Pistons fire John Kuester as head coach

I apologize for the repeat post below.



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:41 am
 

Pistons fire John Kuester as head coach

Heck, I'd take a Mike D'Antoni-/Alvin Gentry-type coach for this Pistons squad, even if that means worse defense.  Stuckey has shown a desire to run the ball up and down the court, but veterans like Hamilton and Prince have held him back.  Get Stuckey, Daye, Monroe, and Jerebko out on the open court with a competent coach at the helm, and this team could be sniffing playoffs sooner than expected.  Gordon and Villanueva will never live up to their contracts, but both remain above-average bench players.  With Prince leaving, Detroit has a lot of money to throw at Marc Gasol or another big man.  Detroit also picks 8th in the upcoming draft.

Joe Dumars needs to be really diligent with the coaching decision; a poor choice could cost him his job.  Aim high for a Larry Brown or a Jerry Sloan and then lower expectation if necessary.



Since: Mar 21, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:27 am
 

Pistons fire John Kuester as head coach

I'd even take a Mike D'Antoni/Alvin Gentry-type coach for the Pistons, even if it means little defense.  Stuckey has shown a desire to want to run the ball up and down the floor, but veterans like Hamilton and Prince held him back.  Get Stuckey, Daye, Monroe and Jerebko out on the open floor with a good coach at the helm and Detroit could be sniffing playoffs once again.  Gordon and Villanueva will never live up to their contracts, but both are still above average bench players.  With Prince leaving, Detroit has a lot of money to throw at Marc Gasol or another big guy.  

Detroit also has the 8th pick this draft: go for a big or a PG.  Dumars needs to be really diligent with the coaching decision.   Aim high for a Larry Brown or a Jerry Sloan before lowering expectations.



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 1:27 am
 

Pistons fire John Kuester as head coach

The one that should part ways is not John Kuester but the Pistons and there unsupporting fans.



Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 1:03 am
 

Pistons fire John Kuester as head coach

About time! Now they still have to get rid of the locker room cancers that made this season even more unbearable. Veterans that show less leadership than rookies and act like high schoolers need to be removed from the equation otherwise they'll probably undermine the new coaching staff. Brian Shaw would be nice to see in Detroit. Remake this roster if they can. Other than Stuckey, Daye, and Monroe I could care less if they all walk.



Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:42 pm
 

Pistons fire John Kuester as head coach

LMAO at TOPPERCHRIS I have lived in the D for almost 25 years and i like it....Detroit is a great city, Yes we have our problems what city don't? Then we have people like TOPPERCHRIS from EDGEWOOD KY????????????REALLY WHERE IN THE HELL IS EDGEWOOD KY.....A place where you live in a log cabin in the Mountains making Moonshine every day???? And let me guess if your married are you married to your sister or causin or who know maybe you swing the other way your brother or uncle....Just Saying......DONT CUT DOWN DETROIT IF YOU HAVE NEVER BEEN THERE, BECAUSE UNLIKE YOU AND YOUR CITY OHHHHH IM SRY I MEANT YOUR TOWN OR IS IT TRAILOR PARK WHATEVER YOU CALL IT. PEOPLE GOOD OR BAD AT LEAST HAVE HERD OF DETROIT...........EDGEWOOD KY AGAIN TOPPERCHRIS WHERE THE HELL IS THAT.




Since: Apr 20, 2010
Posted on: June 5, 2011 11:04 pm
 

Pistons fire John Kuester as head coach

Dumars is a huge problem too. A clean house top to bottom, as well as inside and out is called for. Joe got a little lucky on the front end of his tenure, but at this point his debacles have piled too high. Darko was the worst, but was overlooked because of the success they were having. Now I see a long string of terrible choices that lead a line right back to that one. Thanks Joe the player, but Joe the GM has worn out his welcome with this fan. I just want to know... whats next?



Since: May 7, 2011
Posted on: June 5, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Pistons fire John Kuester as head coach

This was a no-brainer! Everyone inside/outside Detroit knew that there was going to be a change for the Pistons at the coaching position. It was going to occur once they found out what has going to happen to the team as far as ownership goes. As for the players goes,they got what they wanted...they got Kuester out of there so now they have to produce as well or they'll be shipped out themselves. As for a coach I would like to see Bill Laimbeer or Rick Mahorn be given a chance to coach on the NBA level. They both have credentials and both know how to play "Bad-Boy" basketball.....just what they current Pistons need.....a refresher course!



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Pistons fire John Kuester as head coach

seriously guys, the only comeback you can think of is rip on the city of Detroit??  how often can a dead dog be beaten.....it's funny how people from different cities rip on detroit yet don't realize their cities aren't any better...we all have our problems..including Cincinnati where I currently live...but this is a basketball post...about the PISTONS not the city!!



Since: Jan 3, 2007
Posted on: June 5, 2011 9:27 pm
 

Pistons fire John Kuester as head coach

Suck it Chris.  Bend over, put your ball bag in your mouth and shut the hell up.


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