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McMillan is or is not still the frontrunner for Pistons job. Depends on whom you ask.

May 14, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

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Here are the two things we know for sure about the Detroit Pistons coaching search:

1) Phil Jackson is helping them out as a consultant.

2) They have talked to a lot of people so far: Nate McMillan, Lindsay Hunter, Mike Budenholzer, Darrell Walker and J.B. Bickerstaff. And that’s the ones we know of.

After that, well, where they are in the process depends on whom you ask.

Here is a report by David Mayo at MLive.com.

Sources say there is no leading candidate, though the Pistons’ ability to pry an interview out of Mike Budenholzer certainly represented some leeway in the San Antonio Spurs veteran assistant coach’s future plans.

So it’s wide open. Nate McMillan was interviewed first but he’s no longer the frontrunner… or is he? Here’s another report from the Detroit News.

Nate McMillan, who has visited with the Pistons front office twice, is believed to be the first choice of Pistons president Joe Dumars.

It sounds a little like Dumars wants to go one way but the ownership wants to look in other directions. If that is true, it should make any coach a bit leery of the job — if management isn’t on the same page the coach will get caught in the middle.

  1. cgmac - May 14, 2013 at 2:12 PM

    Come on now Kurt. Nate worked for Paul Allen.

    He’s well aware of the dangers of ownership vs management.

  2. leylandslung - May 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM

    ” if management isn’t on the same page the coach will get caught in the middle.

    This is nothing new with the Pistons.

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