Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Detroit Pistons new coach?

I'm excited.
Speculation mounts as the Detroit Pistons have "bought out" or "fired" Larry Brown. However you want to look at it, he is no longer the head coach of the Pistons. The lone candidate for Brown's replacement is Flip Saunders, the 50 year old from Ohio. He was Mr. Basketball in Ohio, and played for the Minnesota Golden Gophers in college. He spent 9 solid seasons as the coach of the Minnesota Timberwolves. He is a proven winner, yet his team lost in the 1st round of the playoffs 7 straight years. That's tough. The reason I am most excited about this possible transaction is Flip's work with a skinny 6'11" center/power forward named Kevin Garnett. Flip made him an all-star. Can he do the same with Darko Milicic, the Pistons #2 overall pick from three years ago? Joe Dumars is going to make the call... and he's not wrong very often.
Go Pistons!

Isn't it amazing how well Joe Dumars took to his job? One usually rolls their eyes when an ex-player gets an office job but this seems to have worked out rather well. As for Larry Brown...I'm sure he will pop back up coaching somewhere, bladder problem(?) and all. What an idiot. Does a contract not mean anything anymore?
Larry Brown hadn't won a title in the NBA either until he came to Detroit. Flip can do the same thing. What a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for an NBA coach to inherit a team and organization like that! They play ball the right way and only have one headcase, Rasheed, who really has been pretty good. He plays hard and is passionate and only occasionally has lost his cool. I think us Pistons fans can live with that.
Hey, Great Stuff. I'll be back to read often.

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