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Avery in driver's seat

Posted on: July 2, 2009 12:55 am
 
With word Wednesday night that Doug Collins has removed his name from consideration for the Pistons' head coaching job, Avery Johnson has emerged as the clear favorite to succeed Michael Curry in Detroit.

As he did with the Sixers' job earlier this offseason, Collins flirted with the idea of returning to the sideline but ultimately couldn't resist staying in the relatively blissful world of basketball broadcasting. All in all, that's good for basketball fans because I think Collins is as good as it gets when it comes to NBA color commentators. A little over the top sometimes, but outstanding nonetheless.

So after Collins informed Pistons president Joe Dumars that he was no longer pursuing the job, a source familiar with the situation confirmed, it is now clearly Johnson's job to lose. The former Mavericks coach makes sense on so many levels. Dumars has stated that he wants a more experienced coach. Johnson was a winner in Dallas, and by now he's had time to reflect on some of the things he did wrong -- primarily being too rigid. The third box the Pistons can check off is that Johnson is still getting paid by the Mavericks next season, so he comes at a discount. For similar reasons, I believe Sam Mitchell will get the job in Minnesota. Dollars and cents and past success equals a new opportunity for both. Stay here for updates.

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Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2009 10:46 am
 

Avery in driver's seat

I think that Avery should have been hired last year in my personal opinion.Some have dogged Dumars for hismoves but Avery comes here and i truly believe that Dumars is not done. This is what i believe is going to happen . I tyhink dumars will sign mcdyess, than Trade Rip,tayshaun,mcdyess, for Amare Stoudemire!!!!!! If we get stoudemire, Gortat might even sign here!! Imagine that starting five!!
Stuckey,Gordon, Gortat,Stoudemire, and Villaneueva. With Bynum, Maxiell Hermann, Daye, Afflolo, offf the bench!!!!!! i feel great about our chances to be the beasts in the east if this scenario happens. 



Since: Aug 26, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2009 10:36 am
 

Avery in driver's seat

I think Avery should have been our coach last year. I also dont think were done with our offseason aquisitions. I believe Dumars is targeting Amare Stoudemire in a sign and trade for Rip, Tayshaun, and Mcdyess. If this trade happens, We are oing to give teams fits on the boards !!!!!!!!!! Withand afflolo off the bench Maxiell,Daye ,Bynum,Afflolo,sharp and hermann off the Bench. We woulddefinately be a contender. The east will be tough this year though. I think cleveland will get artest, and orlando with V carter and Possibly signing Rasheed. East will be the beasts!!!!!!!!!
      
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Since: Mar 26, 2008
Posted on: July 2, 2009 8:39 am
 

Avery in driver's seat

MotownKit I def. agree with you.  It's hard to believe that it's actually taken this long for Johnson to get a gig thou.  Was he rigid I don't know if I would go that far I think he may have been a lot more passiontate than some of the players that played for him in Dallas.  I think Cuban was crazy for letting him go because they were on the verge of something special.  Not saying they were about to win it all but they started to get it together that last year Avery was coaching.  He actually had them tryen to play "D" as well.  I think this would be a good look for Detroit and I agree with you point that he'd be a good mentor to Stuckey!  I still think there are some pieces missing from that team in order to push them toward the top of the Eastern Conf. and I think that other teams in the East have gotten a lot better... So we will have to see how this turns out.



Since: Jan 13, 2009
Posted on: July 2, 2009 1:42 am
 

Avery in driver's seat

Forget fiscal sense in this awful economy and even forget about Avery Johnson's success with the Mavs albeit never the end they desired.  He provides an intangible that no other coach could bring to the table. He may not be a HOF but he was a master floor general.  Gordon is a scorer straight up and while Rodney made huge strides, he is used to thinking shoot first.  Johnson may be the perfect mentor for Stuckey.  There is no denying his talent. Improve the decision making and passing; he and Ben Gordon will make for a  very quick explosive backcourt.


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