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Report: Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer speaks with Pistons about head-coaching vacancy

May 3, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

Mike Budenholzer

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.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports:

San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Mike Budenholzer has emerged as a candidate for the Detroit Pistons‘ head coaching job, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

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.

  1. mblue24 - May 3, 2013 at 7:55 PM

    Go get him Pistons.

  2. bifford - May 3, 2013 at 10:02 PM

    I’ve been championing Budenholzer as Detroit’s next HC since it became apparent mid-season that frank was a lame duck. Even so, I have serious doubts that MB would leave the Spurs to play in the mud.

  3. ortizmari27 - May 3, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    Hello Los Spurs are playing the warriors,but anyways Mike B is good coach it will take some time to show progress in Motown not a lot of coaches last more than 2 losing season with the same team,so I think he will stick with Los Spurs for two more season when Pop steps aside from the bench.

  4. tomshoe - May 4, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Mike’s best interest should be to stay. After all, it’s only going to be a few more years until Tim Duncan retired. Popovich has said that when Timmy retires, he’s gone too. Which organization would you rather be in charge of?

    It’s a simple choice, in my opinion.

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