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Report: Suns coach Hunter asks permission to interview with Pistons

Apr 25, 2013, 10:15 AM EDT

Lindsey Hunter, Goran Dragic, Wesley Johnson

When the Suns let go of GM Lance Blanks last week, coach Lindsey Hunter became a dead man walking in terms of keeping his job. Technically Hunter — who took over mid-season for Alvin Gentry in an effort to play their youth more — is still the coach in Phoenix but once the new GM is hired he is gone. Everybody knows it.

Including Hunter, which is why he’s asking out to interview for another job, reports Matt Dery, a well-connected broadcaster host in Detroit.

My question isn’t “why does Hunter want to interview for another job?” because that is pretty obvious.

My question is “why are the Pistons interested?”

Let’s say there wasn’t universal love for Hunter in Phoenix. The Pistons reportedly are looking for an experienced coach and have reached out to Nate McMillan for one. Granted, Hunter did bring in more structure and rules for a young Suns team that needed it (even though that didn’t show on the scoreboard because he played the youth on the team more) and he’s known for his player development. But the Pistons — with Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond as a young core up front not to mention a great fan base — are a tempting landing spot for a number of top coaches on the market. They should have their pick of quality names.

We will see how this goes, but apparently Hunter is going to get an interview.

  1. adoombray - Apr 25, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Hunter was a first round pick for Detroit (10th overall). he played there alot of years and put up some respectable numbers. He is well liked in the Detroit area and that might be the one place where he would be an excellent fit.

    I’m gonna be totally honest, the guy looked overwhelmed at times, he probably needs some more seasoning and the question still remains if he is more of a front office type or a coach. He did however get more out of Michael Beasley than anyone else has to this point, even if he did wayyyy overcoddle the guy (which was an organizational issue present even before Alvin Gentry left the picture). He also saved Wes Johnson’s career, who went from going out of the league to most likely a starting job next season.

  2. Mr. Wright 212 - Apr 25, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    He should just be glad he has the job that he has now ha. He has no experience. But I understand the connection in Detroit, even if there isn’t a guy left on that team who played with him.

  3. djjackson81 - Apr 25, 2013 at 2:58 PM

    Sure Hunter if you take Beasley with you.

  4. censormynameandmycomments - Apr 25, 2013 at 3:10 PM

    Let’s just get one thing clear. Hunter DID NOT play the young guys more. That was just the excuse they used to fire Gentry when really he was just the fall guy. They fired him in the classic, “we’re terrible and it has to someones fault, and it certainly isnt the owner, president or GMs fault, no, no, lets blame the coach” scenario. Hunter DID NOT play the young guys more. Just look at their last 10 games. Scola is 33 and played over 30 minutes a game. O’Neal is 34 and played 25 minutes a game. Marcus morris played 12 minutes a game. Kendall mashall played 18. Beasley played 17. Stop repeating Sarvers lies.

  5. erckle31 - Apr 25, 2013 at 4:30 PM

    You know it’s bad in when you would rather have Detroit over Phoenix… But seriously, the Pistons have more potential with much better pieces in Monroe and Drummond. Don’t know if Knight will ever live up to expectations, but either way this team can only get better.

  6. jimsjam33 - Apr 25, 2013 at 5:02 PM

    Hunter ,
    If you revere Detroit and love the old days with the Pistons PLEASE don’t apply for the job . You not not qualified . The Pistons need a name coach with a history of success. The have a couple of positions in place and with a couple more players they actually could be good . The team has been as roun down as Detroit City for many years now . You would only perpetuate that tradition of failure . No offense . You’re just not ready . Phoenix is in shambles and the smoking gfun is in your hand . Turn around start walking and don’t look back . Enough said .

  7. seattlenative57 - Apr 26, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Dumars loves Hunter. Enough said.

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