Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 at 11:05 am  |  10 responses

Nate McMillan and Lindsey Hunter Interviewed for Pistons Coaching Job

The search for Lawrence Frank’s replacement in Detroit is well under way — the Pistons interviewed Nate McMillan and Lindsey Hunter this week. Per the Detroit News: “Nate McMillan and the Pistons engaged in a formal interview Tuesday, as the search for a coach to replace Lawrence Frank moves along. Former Pistons player and Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter interviewed for the Pistons’ coaching vacancy Monday, sources close to the situation said. McMillan, who coached the Seattle SuperSonics and more recently, the Portland Trailblazers from 2005-12, is widely considered to be the front-runner. The Pistons have no self-imposed deadline to hire a head coach, officials close to the situation said. The NBA draft combine is May 15. The Pistons have targeted a bevy of names to bring in, from former head coaches to assistants like Miami’s David Fizdale and Indiana’s Brian Shaw. As of late last week, the Pistons hadn’t asked the Heat for permission to interview Fizdale, but that seems to be more of a dedication to a deliberate process than a lack of interest. Although Pistons president Joe Dumars is running the coaching search, all the decision-makers in Auburn Hills will be involved. Whoever is hired must impress owner Tom Gores. Mike Woodson, now coach of the Knicks, was considered by many to be the front-runner and Dumars’ pick to replace John Kuester. But Frank got the nod, in large measure because he sold Gores on his ability to move the team past the tumultuous Kuester era.”

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  • JetSkiJohnson

    i wish he would wait for the nets job

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    How long has Lindsey Hunter been an assistant coach, half a season before he became interim head coach? Even though he played in Detroit, how is he already getting head coach interviews? Especially with how bad the Suns were this season.

  • Feez_22

    The suns were bad but that is more of a lack of talent problem versus a coaching problem. Lindsey has the potential to be a pretty good coadh. Now… the pistons also have a talent problem but the difference is they have 2 big men that Lindsey can work with. Lindsey knows this game is played inside out and was a former piston so both of those factor in to the pistons going for him.

    I believe the pistons should sign lindsey hunter. The only thing i recommend is he should be given a fair shot at being successful (4 years of building at least) without rampant firing speculation. This team needs a lot of things (NBA starting caliber pg, sg, sf to start) so it will take a while but lindsey will be able to work with the 2 bigs (drummond/monroe) and will be able to bring back the old pistons philosophy.

    I think it should be noted as well that lindsey took an interim position last year. That was not the team he coached up at the start of the year.

  • TR

    Worst job in the NBA

  • spit hot fiyah

    nate dogg really deserves another chance

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    He hasn’t proven anything to deserve a shot at becoming a head coach at this point.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Really? You’d pick a team like the Suns over the Pistons? Suns are going nowhere at least Pistons have several up and coming players.

  • TR

    I hear you there, but when looking for a new job i factor in location and Detroit is not where its at lol

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Hahaha that’s true, can’t argue with that.

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