Sunday, May 29th, 2011 at 4:12 pm  |  11 responses

Report: John Kuester Out as Pistons Coach

Looks like a coaching change is going down in Detroit. ESPN is on it: “Detroit head coach John Kuester will not be returning to the Pistons, according to sources. It is presumed that president Joe Dumars and his staff will be returning, but there has been no definitive indication of that yet, sources said. Hired in 2009 to be the franchise’s 27th head coach, Kuester has posted a 57-107 mark in his two years in Detroit. Kuester’s time with the Pistons has been marked by several personality clashes, most notably with Richard Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey, Tayshaun Prince and Tracy McGrady. There were also reports of a player-led protest of Kuester this past season as several of the team’s veterans failed to show up for a team practice. Detroit has missed out on the playoffs in each of Kuester’s two seasons. The postseason drought is the longest for the franchise since missing out three straight times from 1993 to 1995.”

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  • jwright

    Kuester is going to L.A.

  • alpahbetaherculis

    I for one think he deserved it. If you act like an *ss and keep one of your starters and a person who helped win a chip on the bench because you don’t see eye to eye. Please, this is not little league. Owners pay serious money for players to play and try to win games, and as a coach you can’t put someone in the dog house. D’antoni did the same thing with several players like Nate. As a coach he should have learned that starters always start, no matter if you have a beef with them. Unless, they broke team rules and get fined and benched. Kuester, good luck finding another job, won’t happen at all guaranteed.

  • http://slamonline.com Tae

    I hope he doesnt come to LA. Brown was thinking about getting him as our assistant coach. I hope not

  • http://www.walshsportsblog.com Darren

    Comparing Rip Hamilton and Nate Robinson is a bit disrespectful to Rip surely? Anyway, the guy is probably suited more to being an assistant; the Cav’s D was pretty good with him and Brown.

  • ripslam

    Posting a .347 winning percentage over two seasons is not impressive. What’s less impressive is the way he handles his players.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Not entirely Kuester’s fault. Dumars made an impossible scenario for him. At least two of their starter-caliber guards had to be benched each game; there were just way too many of them.


    The Lakers are getting all the good coaches. lol


    It had 2 b done. Next, Joe D. I don’t c that 1 happenin tho

  • Nigel

    This is about 3 months too late.

  • barnabusb

    Kuester took a bad situation and made it worse. He was almost as bad as Michael Curry, and that’s saying a lot. Good riddance, Kue. Good luck in LA with Brown. You’re going to need it.

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