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Pistons coach Kuester says he will run pre-draft workouts

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Pretty much every talent evaluator, general manager and coach not in the playoffs is in Chicago right now for the NBA’s Draft Combine.

Not the Piston’s embattled coach John Kuester. Which seems to speak volumes to his status with the franchise.

But Kuester told the Detroit News he will be running individual workouts heading up to the draft. Those will start over the next few weeks, giving teams considering a player a closer look at what he can do.

That certainly doesn’t mean his status with the team is safe, especially once the sale of the Pistons to Tom Gores goes through. But the sale of a team is a tedious, long process and draft preparations cannot wait. So Kuester will be around, but likely have little if any input in who the Pistons select.

The Pistons have picks No. 8 and 33 in the draft.

Owners taking their time with coaches on hot seat

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The coaching carousel has not started spinning yet.

We keep expecting the music, we hear who is on the hot seat or likely gone, but nothing yet. Because owners are taking their time, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo.

Take Kurt Rambis in Minnesota. (Please.) Everyone knows he’s expected to be let go, but so far nothing.

Rambis is expected to be fired, but it’s uncertain when the decision will be announced, several league sources told Yahoo! Sports….

Another league source described Rambis’ chances of keeping his job as “slim,” saying the only thing that could save him is if Wolves ownership doesn’t want to eat the remaining money on his contract and hire someone new with a possible lockout approaching.

That lockout concern will be a running theme with coaching changes.

In Detroit, John Kuester is still on the job because the sale of the team is not complete to Tom Gores yet, Spears reports.

A source close to the Pistons said the season’s drama will likely lead to Kuester’s dismissal under new owner Tom Gores, even though an official decision isn’t expected soon. Kuester is 57-107 in two seasons coaching the Pistons and the franchise failed to make the playoffs in consecutive seasons for the first time since 1995.

NBA Commissioner David Stern said in press conferences today they expect the sale to be complete around the end of May.

Then there is Keith Smart in golden State, where no decision has been made.

An NBA source, however, told Yahoo! Sports that Warriors ownership is in no rush to make a decision on Smart. It also will be interesting to see if the new owners feel the need to make a splash with a new coach.

The lockout complicates thing for any coach hired — there will be shorted training camps and very possibly a shortened season. Changing systems will be more difficult. That may cause some teams to stand pat this summer when they otherwise would have made a move.

Joe Dumars is safe from new management

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Now that the Pistons are safely in the hands of Mr. Tom Gores (pending NBA approval), the team can finally move forward. But what does that mean for the management and coaching? The Detroit Free Press reports that the architect of the 2004 championship team and the team that made about a billion Conference Finals in a row, as well as the man who spent the GNP of a large first-world country on Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon, will return to the organization, now free to pursue a true rebuilding effort.

Joe Dumars isn’t going anywhere. It’s believed Gores has told him that he can remain president for as long as he desires. It’s difficult imagining Dumars walking away after getting an owner who is as committed as he is in restoring pride to an organization reduced to rubble under Davidson’s two years as keeper to Bill Davidson’s basketball legacy.

via Drew Sharp: Pistons can finally go back to work | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

Dumars may very well have had a plan in place to remove the logjam at shooting guard created by Rip Hamilton and Ben Gordon, but was undermined by the ownership situation. The behavior of the players this season, especially the veterans, created an untenable situation to be sure. But with an owner who wants to move forward, Dumars might be able to pursue an actual plan. Then again, even if Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince were moved, that wouldn’t excuse the money Dumars committed to Villanueva and Gordon. He overpaid for those players, there’s no way of getting around it. With Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko, and Austin Daye a solid set of building blocks going forward, Dumars would do well to admit his mistake and try and move one or both of them. Once the CBA is figured out, teams would flip to have Gordon, and the Pistons could go on with a true rebuilding platform. Those decisions are the ones that will have the most impact on whether Dumars’ chance with new ownership works out.

As for coaching? Well…

John Kuester became an inexpensive alternative.

Players aren’t dumb. They saw an owner who wasn’t fully engaged and committed to doing whatever necessary to provide the best possible winning environment. They got a Blue Light Special who was in over his head as a coach. Kuester was doomed from the start in terms of winning his players’ respect

via Drew Sharp: Pistons can finally go back to work | Detroit Free Press | freep.com.

If Gores decides to keep Kuester, it will not be a good start to his ownership period. He should have just figured a buyout into his price for the team. Kuester deserves a second chance somewhere. Just not with Detroit. It’s a new day. It’s time for the Pistons to move forward.



Report: Pistons’ Stuckey benched Sunday for disobeying coach

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You would think after this season every Piston player had to be benched for insubordination for a game. Sunday was Rodney Stuckey’s turn, apparently.

Pistons coach John Kuester benched Stuckey for the Pistons beat down at the hands of the Celtics Sunday as punishment for refusing to enter the game at one point Friday night, according to the Detroit News.

Friday night Stuckey was pulled for Tayshaun Prince with six minutes remaining, then a couple minutes later refused to re-enter the game. His comments after the game Sunday the Detroit News pretty much summed up this season in Detroit.

After Sunday’s game, Stuckey repeatedly said “there are six games left.”

“That’s all I have to say,” said Stuckey when pressed about it. “Six games left. That’s it. I can survive for six games.”

Stuckey will be a restricted free agent this summer… at least he would have been under the current CBA. So the Pistons could match any offer under the old rules. Take your own guess as to what the new rules will be.

The Pistons have had a long season of player run ins with their coach. The team needs to do some housecleaning right now, but until the ownership situation is settled that isn’t likely to happen. So they keep limping along.

Tracy McGrady not going to be part of rebuilding Detroit

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Eminem may have gone all in for rebuilding Detroit, but don’t expect Tracy McGrady to join him.

Not the city, the Pistons in McGrady’s case.

McGrady has proven to be a solid, veteran point guard this season in Detroit. Think Ron Harper at the end of his career, a guy who played within himself and made solid decisions. Shooting pretty well, solid assist to turnover ratio. A guy a lot of teams could use.

So, he’s sat on the bench the last five games in Detroit. I’ve given up trying to figure out what John Kuester is doing, take your own guess on this one.

But know the sitting and everything else in this turbulent season has the re-established McGrady thinking about getting out of town, he told Chris Iott of MLive.com.

“Oh, of course. Of course,” McGrady said (of thinking of leaving). “I left my family back in Houston and I came here to dedicate myself and get back healthy and help this team win, and this is going on? Of course I’m going to think about it. I’ve already thought about it.

“I want to play. It’s a very frustrating time for me right now.”

Teams were cautious about McGrady and his reconstructed knees last summer. This season he has proven he has become a solid veteran player at the point, and a lot of teams could use that. He’s going to get offers.

And he’s going to be out of Detroit.