Nate McMillan and Lindsey Hunter Interviewed for Pistons Coaching Job

by May 01, 2013
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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.”