Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 12:04 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 That escalated quickly. After mostly radio silence regarding the Detroit Pistons’ head coaching search, the multiple names were leaked Wednesday. Two names emerged – former coaches to reportedly help the Pistons pick a head coach. Then fireworks. The Free Press confirmed separate media reports that the Pistons would soon interview both TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith and former Michigan star and Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard for the coaching opening. Howard was a member of Michigan’s legendary Fab Five, helping the team reach consecutive Final Fours in 1992 and 1993. There are two more names to the list, the Free Press learned – San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka and Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse. ESPN reported former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey met with the Pistons on Thursday. Another person the Pistons plan to … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons news likely signals end is near for coach, GM searches
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Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 4:14 p.m. UTC May 27, 2018 In a bit of a surprise, Chauncey Billups isn’t the former Detroit Pistons player linked to the organization’s front-office restructuring. With the hiring of Ed Stefanski to a senior executive role, the rumor mill is focused on Tayshaun Prince, who has spent one season working alongside Stefanski with the Memphis Grizzlies. Stefanski said he hadn’t yet spoken with Prince about a role with the Pistons, but a source with firsthand knowledge of the situation told the Free Press that Prince is under consideration for a spot in the front office. Such news isn’t surprising to one of Prince’s former teammates. “Tayshaun is one of those guys that’s flying under the radar, but his basketball I.Q. is incredibly high,” former Pistons defensive stalwart Ben Wallace told the Free Press on Thursday. “He’s been in the business for a year or so; it … [Read more...] about Could Tayshaun Prince emerge in new Detroit Pistons front office?
Chris Thomas Detroit Free Press Published 8:43 p.m. UTC May 24, 2018 The Detroit Pistons reportedly have identified former Toronto Raptors coach Dwane Casey as the top candidate to replace Stan Van Gundy as head coach. ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the news Thursday, citing an anonymous league source. The Pistons have been without a head coach and president of basketball operations since May 7, when Van Gundy was fired after missing the playoffs for the third time in his four seasons in Detroit. Casey, 61, molded the Raptors into an Eastern Conference power after taking over the franchise in 2011-12. He won four division titles, reached the playoffs the past five seasons and the Raptors set a franchise record with 59 wins this season. Casey, voted coach of the year by the National Basketball Coaches Association, was fired after the Cleveland Cavaliers swept the Raptors in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Former Pistons star Jerry Stackhouse and … [Read more...] about Report: Dwane Casey top candidate to be Detroit Pistons coach
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 4:06 p.m. UTC May 24, 2018 There were many topics of conversations at the NBA draft combine last week in Chicago. Deandre Ayton or Luka Doncic? Deep dish or thin crust? And what are the Detroit Pistons doing? As I wrote over the weekend, there were opinions to be found on the Pistons’ search for a president of basketball operations. Opinions were favorable of Ed Stefanski, Shane Battier and Trajan Langdon, three gentlemen reportedly under consideration for front-office roles with the Pistons. But league officials openly wondered about the slow pace of things. It took nearly four weeks for Pistons owner Tom Gores to reach the decision to fire Stan Van Gundy as president of basketball operations and head coach. The organization will split the responsibilities moving forward, with the president search taking precedence. McCabe: No-brainer: Pistons should hire Shane Battier to front office It has been more than two weeks since Van … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons seek young, rising executive to be face of franchise
Mick McCabe Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 12:27 p.m. UTC May 23, 2018 When are the Detroit Pistons going to stop messing around and name Shane Battier the president of basketball operations? This is the no-brainer to end all no-brainers, and it is that way on a couple of fronts. First, the emotional side of it. Battier, 39, who reportedly will get a second interview for a front-office position with the Pistons, per the Miami Herald, is a local kid who grew up in the area, winning the 1997 Hal Schram Mr. Basketball award while leading Birmingham Detroit Country Day to three state championships. He then went to Duke, where he won a national championship and became the Naismith national player of the year. While at Duke, he had 3.6 GPA and earned a degree in religious studies. Here's the latest: Pistons president of basketball ops search Pistons president search: Grizzlies' Ed Stefanski earns praise In other words: He didn’t spend four years at one of the … [Read more...] about No-brainer: Detroit Pistons should hire Shane Battier to front office