Pistons hire... John Kuester?


Okay, I’m not making up this quote, you can find it at Sources: John Kuester of Cleveland Cavaliers to be Detroit Pistons’ coach – ESPN:

“At our present stage, we just feel it’s important that we continue to make decisions that are best for our team,” Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said.

Does that mean in the past it was important to make decisions that weren’t best for the team?

Other great bits:  Last week after firing former coach Michael Curry, Dumars said he didn’t want another tyro coach and instead wanted to

“move forward with a more experienced coach”

So naturally he hires another first-time coach.  Kuester was an assistant under Larry Brown when Brown was in Detroit, thus it turns out Dumars already has a relationship with him.  This past year Kuester was the offensive coordinator for the Cavs.  Cleveland plays amazing defense, but their offense, while slightly better last year, has never been a thing of beauty.  If I grabbed an assistant coach from the Cavs, it’d be ‘cuz I wanted to improve my D.  All of which makes this last statement utterly baffling:

Dumars’ comfort level with Kuester and his desire to inject Detroit’s offense with some new ideas [...] appear to have trumped his earlier call for more experience.