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Report: Woodson, Sampson early leaders for Pistons job

Jun 6, 2011, 3:41 PM EST

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It’s very early in the process of finding a new coach for the Detroit Pistons and although you know Joe Dumars has been thinking about this for a ling while there are a lot of twists and turn the road could still take.

But the first names out of the shoot will not thrill Pistons fans.  Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo has them.

The Detroit Pistons are considering several candidates to replace John Kuester as coach, including Milwaukee Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson, former Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Woodson, Minnesota Timberwolves assistant Bill Laimbeer and television analyst Mark Jackson, league sources said.

Detroit wants to get back to playing good defense first. Is that a group who can do that?

Woodson had some success in Atlanta and the defenses got better there the longer he coached, but they never got above average. He ran a tedious, isolation heavy offense. (Although we learned this year when you asked those same players to pass the ball they were not good at it, so the Hawks had to go to back to more isolation in the playoffs.)

As for the rest of the guys? Well, Mark Jackson can coach “hands down, man” down really well, but aside that we don’t know a ton about what that group can accomplish.

  1. edmazeing1 - Jun 6, 2011 at 3:52 PM

    Dennis Rodman should get the job!!!

  2. edmazeing1 - Jun 6, 2011 at 3:54 PM

    The guy under me will hate my first comment!!!

  3. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 6, 2011 at 4:19 PM

    Mark Jackson again? Seriously, how does this guy rate so high when he has never coached at any level. He was a good point guard and very smart player, but i dont think that should get him a coaching job w/o any experience. And he is brutal as a color man.

  4. rajbais - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:38 PM

    Woodson is too good for the Pistons!!! He deserves a playoff contender!!!

    If you have a team where 8-figure salary players are better off the bench and two of your starters are terrible (especially when starters are supposed to “start” the game off with a bang unlike the Pistons who start off with a fart), your team will stink!!!

    He deserves the Knicks job!!!

  5. purdueman - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:52 AM

    Who in their right mind would want to inherit the total mess that are the mutinous Pistons???? Not only that, but to live in DE-troit?!!! Only a total loony would want that job!!!

  6. purdueman - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:53 AM

    On second thought, Kelvin Sampson is a total unethical scumbag! In other words, a perfect fit for the Pistons!!!!

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