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Tuesday, June 10th, 2008 at 12:00 pm  |  39 responses

Michael Curry Replaces Flip Saunders

by Marcel Mutoni

Not a big surprise here.

Michael Curry, who many thought the job was his to lose when Flip got canned anyway, has been named the new head coach in Detroit. The press conference to formally announce the hiring should be commencing momentarily.

The move comes one week after Dumars fired Flip Saunders. Curry will sign a three-year deal worth with a fourth season a team option. The deal is reportedly worth $2.5 million a year. This will be the first head coaching job for 39-year-old Curry.

Though this will be Curry’s first head coaching gig (and keep in mind that last season was his first as an assistant), judging from all accounts, he commands a great deal of respect from the players in Detroit. Something, as you know, that doesn’t come easily for coaches in that city.

Welcome to the “championship or bust” pressure-cooker, Michael. Best of luck to you.

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  • Silky Slim

    I wish him well, but I’m not sure about this move.

  • The Last Kings Fan

    first?

  • The Last Kings Fan

    or not. whatever. Hopefully this guy can get over the hump that Flip never could

  • mat smith

    the players coach that team since brown left….

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    TAD, mind sharing your view on how he will handle the team and the style of play and all that? i really don’t know anything about him regarding his coaching capacity.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    also TAD, as an aside to nothing, was at the Roots and Erykah Badu concert last night. 4 hours of amazing performance (though the intermission was like 45 minutes or so…). worth every single minute of it.

  • http://www.ballerblogger.com Brandon Hoffman

    This move makes absolutely no sense to me. I can understand if Dumars feels as if the Pistons respond better to Curry than they did Saunders. But didn’t Mark Cuban and Donnie Nelson feel the same way about Avery Johnson when he was a young assistant to Don Nelson?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    at least avery took the mavs to the Finals, which nellie never did.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Albie: Just got done listening to the presser and came away with a few thoughts: 1) Curry seemed very assured of himself and stated that he thought of himself as head coaching material 3 years ago when he first retired (he basically doesn’t lack for confidence) 2) He was left in charge of running the practices for the bench players all season, and even the whole practice at times, so he has all of the players respect. 3) When asked how he would motivate players, his response was “I really shouldn’t have to motivate players, if a player isn’t showing that he wants to play, he’ll be on the bench with me.” He more or less is going to take charge like Flip would not because he isn’t afraid of confrontation.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Brandon: Other than his playoff shortcomings, Avery did nothing wrong as a coach. As albie said, he did take the Mavs to the finals and also won COY honors.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @TAD: that’s a huge step forward for the team & franchise already. do you think Curry wants to keep the team as is and work with them first or do you think he wants to move players to “shape the team up”, so to speak?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Also Albie: Yes, the Roots and Erykah show I went to was the same thing; it lasted almost 4 hours with an intermission of like 45 minutes as well, but it was a sit down venue, so I did not mind the intermission. It was a phenomenal show.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Albie: He actually has no say in personell moves, that is all up to Joe. Joe was at the presser and said moves are still going to be made, and that Curry will work with what he gives him.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    speaking of avery, i’m amazed that he’s not hired already. i believe he’ll be a top coaches for years to come. he should be at the helm of a younger team so he can grow his playoff coaching experience with the team. he’s already a great regular season coach, he just need to figure out playoff in-game and between-games adjustments and he’ll be more than fine.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    @TAD: it was a seat down venue for us also regarding to the concert, but the crowd was getting restless. i must say the wait was worth it though, the set was simple but fresh, and the lighting effect was FCUKING GREAT (i have a little background on theater lighting). Badu killed it though. amazing talent.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I agree on Badu. That was actually my first time seeing her live and her vocal range is simply awesome.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    Joe D knows what he’s doing. he picked Darko because his 1 to 3 spots are so damn solid, and thought that it’d be good to have a good offensive big man to compliment the uhhh… offensively challenged big ben. given his hands at the time, he made the best decision. not everything pans out the way it should, but his consolation prize aren’t bad. i mean stuckey and maxiell are gonna be their starters for years to come.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    Same here regarding to seeing Badu live for the first time. never would have guessed her voice was that powerful. she’s both style and substance. rare these days in the entertainment world.

  • Vortex Knight

    I can’t think of what Detroit might be able to do to improve personnel-wise. They have the best starting 5 in the league and great, young bench. If Chauncey hadn’t gotten hurt, they could’ve been playing LA right now. The only person I can really see them trading is ‘Sheed, if only because he seemed to disappear a lot in the playoffs this year. But who’s out there that would be an upgrade? Elton Brand?

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Vortex: That is the million dollar question. A move or two (or three?) will be made. Joe D. has promised that. The reality is that there is not a Gasol or Garnett to trade for. Brand has been talked about, but that would 100% on him to opt-out, which he hasn’t indicated he would do. Maggette has also been mentioned, and I think he is a free agent.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Albie: Where did you see the show?

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    oakland paramount theater. the crowd was ALIVE. i was surprised that not more people were there early to watch the Roots though.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    The show I was at had a crowd ranging from like 20 years old to 50+, and most of the older heads were there to see Badu, not the Roots. But the Roots still killed it and got the older heads into their set.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    same here with this crowd. i was very interested in seeing Badu, but when i found out the Roots were playing, i said “we gotta go”. i’m guessing it’s the same with you? the Roots’ medley of songs send chill down my spine.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Definitely. I’ve seen the Roots 20+ times already, and have yet to be disappointed.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    the Roots have great albums, but they are meant to be listened to LIVE. do they perform a lot more in the East? I’d imagine so.

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    I saw Badu in ’97 at a tiny venue in DC right before her first album came out…I covered it for my college paper. She was phenomenal. Also: Jahidi White was at that concert. Seen her since she blew up as well, but nothing has compared to that first show. Seen the Roots multiple times as well and agree with TAD’s 2:00 pm comment…

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Jahidi White! Yeah Ben, they now how to put on a great show. Apologies to Mutoni for hi-jacking the thread.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    yeah i want to apologize for hijacking this thread also. i was just so impressed with the show i had to share my joy. it’s good that i can do that on this site. in fact it’s really the only place where i can share my passion with music and basketball. it’s sad when you are watching the playoffs on your own and got no one to scream to/give high-five to.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    “I’m excited, anxious — not as much nervous as anxious to get started,” Curry said. “We’re playing to put up another banner.”
    Have to like what he is saying, but words mean nothing.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Also, the only current Pistons player to show up at the news conference? Why Rasheed, of course! Not sure if it means anything.

  • http://idunkonthem.blogspot.com/ albie1kenobi

    it means… “hey coach & Joe D look at me, i’m genuinely interested in the welfare of this team and i want to know how you can help us. don’t trade me please don’t trade me.” *finger crossed*

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    That is probably about right, Albie.

  • http://www.myspace.com/mikebone Simmy Sosa

    No Avery Johnson?

  • B. Long

    Is this Stephon Curry’s dad? I know his dad is one of the Currys who played in the L and I just wasn’t sure if this was him. I see him having an Avery Johnson like run in Mo-Town. Praised his first couple of runs, scapegoated his last couple.

  • http://www.ballerblogger.com Brandon Hoffman

    @TADOne – “Other than his playoff shortcomings, Avery did nothing wrong as a coach.” With all due respect — “other than?” There’s nothing else. Either you produce in the playoffs or you don’t. The regular season means squat. It was Avery who double and triple teamed Shaq at every opportunity in 2006. Essentially rolling out a red carpet for Dwyane Wade to get to the basket. It was Avery who tried to play small ball with the Warriors. Inexperienced coaches don’t fare well in the playoffs. And isn’t playoff success Detroit’s motive for getting rid of Saunders?

  • http://canadianballer.blogspot.com/ Karma

    Michael Curry was the one guy all Raptors players wanted to punch when he was with our team. The dude looks annoying, was a worthless player for the most part, and will be the one that is fired a year or two from now.

  • http://shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    Karma: Yeah, cause the Raptors have made it anywhere worth talking about. Brandon: Absolutely true that is why they get rid of Saunders, but Flip knew the expectations coming in. Avery inherited that Mavs team from Nellie, gave it a defensive identity, and led it to the finals. True, they lost, but I saw more choking from the players on the offensive end in that series than complete defensive breakdowns. Wade played out of his mind, regardless of how they were guarding Shaq. F*ck it, I don’t even like Avery, why am I defending him?

  • ALLRIGHTS

    Curry will be better than Flip. not that hard to do, but… whether or not we get back to the Finals soon depends on what we get for Mr. Bigtalk- Dude has been all talk and no action for three straight playoff years. he is the most overrated non finishing PG. His assist to TO ratio and FT shooting make him bearable, but he can’t play in transition, he can’t make layups, and he doesn’t have the heart of a Piston… Billups is GONE. Mark it down.

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