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Woodson, Sampson on list of Pistons candidates

Posted on: June 5, 2011 7:07 pm
DALLAS – Pistons management huddled Sunday to begin formulating a list of candidates to replace John Kuester as head coach, with defensive-minded coaches possessing experience and/or a commanding presence dominating the early discussions.

Pistons president Joe Dumars and his basketball staff have a preliminary list of candidates including former Hawks coach Mike Woodson, Mavs assistant Dwane Casey, former Nets coach Lawrence Frank, Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson, and ABC/ESPN broadcaster Mark Jackson, league sources told Former Pistons star Bill Laimbeer also is expected to receive consideration, as is Hornets assistant Michael Malone.

Malone, who worked with Kuester on Mike Brown’s staff in Cleveland, is a finalist for the Golden State head coaching position and also is in the mix to join Brown’s staff with the Lakers. Kuester, who ran the offense for Brown in Cleveland, also is expected to speak with his former boss about joining him in L.A.

Sampson’s push for a head coaching position is gaining momentum due to his expertise on the defensive side of the ball. The former Indiana University coach also has the presence and fiery personality the Pistons are seeking. Sampson’s name also has been linked to the Timberwolves, who have yet to decide Kurt Rambis’ future. Sampson also would be a logical fit for the Knicks, who are seeking a defensive assistant to add to Mike D’Antoni’s staff -- though it is uncertain whether the Bucks would permit him to leave for a lateral move.

Dumars said Sunday there is no timetable for the search, and teams are proving to be slow on the trigger with firings and hirings due to the possibility of a lockout.

Since: Jun 18, 2010
Posted on: June 8, 2011 4:28 pm

Woodson, Sampson on list of Pistons candidates

It makes me sick to think of how failure and disgrace no longer are career ending events.  Not many years ago any coach that sunk a program would have to change careers to used car salesman.  Now he gets a big buyout and two years later his past mistakes no longer seem to matter and his career is back on track. Meanwhile IU's program continues to struggle back to respectability.  I think penalties should be imposed on AD's and Coaches that cheat and not programs and kids that are innocent. I think I should be able to sue Sampson and the idiotic AD that hired him for damages he did to my ability to enjoy college basketball.  If he gets an NBA coaching job, I'll buy tickets to games he coaches in just so I can hold up signs reminding people of what he did to Oklahoma and Indiana.   

Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 7:59 pm

Woodson, Sampson on list of Pistons candidates

I would be happy with Woodson, Van Gundy, or Laimbeer in that order. 

Since: Dec 5, 2006
Posted on: June 6, 2011 4:30 pm

Woodson, Sampson on list of Pistons candidates

A head coach needs to be one who inspires trust from players, management and fans. Without trust the result is losing, both on the court and financially. Kelvin Sampson is a former coach who violated that trust, not once but at two successive teams in the NCAA. Blatant disregard for rules, lying and subterfuge are not going to engender that trust again. I do not wish Sampson on any team as head coach. As an assistant the head coach may be better able to monitor his integrity but the Pistons, Warriors and Timberwolves will be better served to seek integrity in their head coach.

In case you have forgotten, Sampson was revealed by NCAA investigators at Oklahoma to have made hundreds of impermissible telephone calls to recruits during periods when coaches could not contact recruits (and his fellow coaches were complying). Stripped from his job at OU, Sampson vowed to have seen his failure and reformed. So impelling was his 'conversion; story that the good folks at Indiana University gave him a second chance.

And how did Sampson reward the trust Indiana University placed in him? Using supposedly untraceable cell phones, Sampson continued to place impermissible telephone calls to recruits, lying about it and covering it up to the NCAA. When exposed, he lost the Indiana job as well, He might be a really good defensive coach [although at neither Oklahoma (43rd & 57th) or Indiana (29th & 92nd) were his teams top defensive teams] but the trust factor is permanently damaged. For those teams seeking a head coach, perhaps avoiding a two or three year error for their teams would be the wiser course.

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 4:23 pm

Woodson, Sampson on list of Pistons candidates

And laimbeer is a bum.  He is on Rambis's staff in Minny!  He is a loser! He isnt even a good assistant!

Since: Apr 29, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 4:21 pm

Woodson, Sampson on list of Pistons candidates

Pistons, we will trade you kurt rambis and any other former phil jackson assistant for a pile of crap and a handshake!

Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: June 6, 2011 3:04 pm

Woodson, Sampson on list of Pistons candidates

Only one candidate, BILL LAIMBEER

Since: Feb 25, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:42 am

Woodson, Sampson on list of Pistons candidates

I didn't realize that Laimbeer had been a coach at the NBA level.  Good.  Then he is the obvious choice.  Being that he and Joe have history on their side I think they could put their heads together and build  a winner here again.  I say give Bill a shot.


Since: Jun 15, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 11:40 am

Woodson, Sampson on list of Pistons candidates

I agree with you 100% Bill Laimbeer would be the most logical choice.....But as in the past we know what logic will bring you NOTHING....I don't understand why bill didn't get a shot before...There has to be some messed up reason why the Pistons keep passing him up for the coaching job...Maybe Joe D has a problem with Bill L....Joe D might not hire him as a coach because if Bill does good or great he might be a threat for the Joe D's Job as GM...

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:44 am

Woodson, Sampson on list of Pistons candidates

Laimbeer is the best choice, IMO. Joe Du will pick and choose the players he wants in here. Ok, at least bring in a powerful, knowledgeable and effective presence to coach them.

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 2:00 am

Woodson, Sampson on list of Pistons candidates

Yeah I like Laimbeer too!  Its time to get our swag back on the defensive side of the ball. Great defensive creates tons of opportunity on the offensive side of the ball !Cool

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