May 3, 2013, 6:51 PM EST
Mike Budenholzer is often named one of those assistants who is long overdo to become a head coach. The only reason he’s not always named in those discussions is because of an operating theory he’d rather succeed Gregg Popovich with the Spurs than pursue other openings.
But what if an organization that, once upon a time, closely resembled the Spurs came calling? The Pistons are no longer the well-run machine they appeared to be in the middle of the last decade (or even close to that level of competence), and Budenholzer would surely want to know why. And after their John Kuester fiasco, the Pistons will surely have questions for someone with no NBA experience.
So, if Budenholzer is interested in becoming a head coach next season (maybe) and the Pistons are interested in hiring a good coach (you’d hope), it make sense for both sides to speak with each other.
Pistons president Joe Dumars traveled to San Antonio on Wednesday and spent several hours meeting with Budenholzer, the top assistant to Gregg Popovich.
I’m a bit surprised this conversation occurred during the playoffs, but Budenholzer has been so loyal to the Spurs previously, they can give him a little leeway while the team waits for the
Clippers and Grizzlies to finish their series Nuggets series to start.
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