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Conflicting reports suggest confusion on whether Kuester will return to Detroit

May 29, 2011, 4:32 PM EDT

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ESPN.com’s Ric Bucher reports that Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester will not return as head coach next season:

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.

via Sources: John Kuester will not be back as Detroit Pistons coach – ESPN.

Interesting note, here, the report does not indicate that Kuester has been fired, just that he won’t return. Tom Gores is set to take ownership of the team on Wednesday, pending a vote by the Board of Governors that will of course pass. Meanwhile, MLive.com reports that no decision has been made regarding Kuester.

With Mike Brown headed to Los Angeles, Kuester would be able to take less to get out of a toxic situation in Detroit that saw his players literally revolt against him, and not the young guys, the veterans. The Pistons were bad, but have good young talent, a value draft pick and a lot of potential. Kuester’s coaching, beyond just ego management, has been poor, as rotations and play sets seemed to defy… what’s the word? Ah, logic.

Kuester may not be out yet, but the storm clouds are definitely gathering. Hope he’s got an umbrella. And that he didn’t bench it unnecessarily.

Update: Throw the Detroit News on the list of folks saying this hasn’t gone down yet.

  1. trbowman - May 29, 2011 at 10:00 PM

    He should be let go. Awful coach.

  2. randysavage4ever - May 30, 2011 at 10:19 AM

    WAITTTTTTT A MINUTE!

    He has been thru a LOT with this team, if you bring him back you never know…the bond might be closer and tougher considering what all parties went thru…

    I dont think it was fair for McGrady a 1 year contract player raised all this trouble for Detroit this year….

    I think Rip Hamilton lost a lot of my respect for some of his locker room antics towards his coach – its unprofessional, unclassy, and sad- I thought Rip was better then that

    Kuester is no Phil Jackson, but the Detroit players could have shown their coach more respect then they did this year…

    Laughing at your coach when he gets ejected? Crosses the line for basketball loyalty. I could hate my coach, but if he gets ejected for arguing a call I AM NOT GOING TO LAUGH. I AM NOT GOING TO LAUGH at someone I am in BATTLE with when he is arguing a call for the team i play for and trying to win with…

    I blame the spoiled, overrated, washed up Detroit roster before I blame the coach.

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