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Kuester's future subject of conflicting reports

Posted on: May 29, 2011 4:34 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2011 6:10 pm
Coach John Kuester will reportedly not be back as Detroit Pistons head coach, but multiple reports indicate no decision has been made yet. Posted by Ben Golliver. john-kuester

After a tumultuous season of player protests, public bickering, constant rotation changes and another trip to the NBA Draft Lottery, the Detroit Pistons and head coach John Kuester have reportedly parted ways. reports that Kuester is headed out in Motown, as has been anticipated for months.
Detroit head coach John Kuester will not be returning to the Pistons, according to sources. It is presumed that president Joe Dumars and his staff will be returning, but there has been no definitive indication of that yet, sources said.

Hired in 2009 to be the franchise's 27th head coach, Kuester has posted a 57-107 mark in his two years in Detroit.
A source told's Ken Berger on Sunday that Kuester "had not been let go and that no decisions will be made until Tom Gores officially takes over." Gores is the team's new owner, having agreed to purchase the team from Karen Davidson.

Update: A source tells's Ken Berger on Sunday evening that "Kuester has not resigned, nor has he indicated to Pistons management that he's leaving, according to one source." Also, Berger notes, "according to another source, Mike Brown would like Kuester to join his staff but is waiting for his situation with the Pistons to be resolved." also reported shortly thereafter that a split had not yet taken place.
Pistons source: Nothing has been decided yet on John Kuester. Sounds to me like someone jumped the gun. It appears that no change is imminent with Kuester, from what I'm hearing.
Another denial came in from the Detroit News.
Looks like ESPN is jumping the gun on Kuester. His status hasn't been decided yet, according to multiple team sources.
Yet another denial came in from
John Kuester has NOT been fired by the Pistons, high ranking source tells SI. No decision has been made as of yet.
Finally, the Detroit Free Press weighed in with its denial.
Nothing has changed with Q. Everybody has said he's unlikely to return. Q just told me he hasn't been told anything. Source just told me no decision on Q until Tom Gores takes over. But the writing is on the wall.
These reports are not necessarily contradictory. Kuester could have decided that he will to resign or the sides could have agreed that a split will eventually happen, as has been rumored for months given his inability to establish authority over.

Worth noting: The Los Angeles Times reported on Friday that Kuester could join the staff of new Lakers head coach Mike Brown. 
Kuester's job with the Pistons is tenuous because of the revolt from his players during the past season when five of them skipped a practice. He remains under contract, but if Kuester is let go, Brown wants him coaching with the Lakers.
Kuester was an assistant on Brown's staff in Cleveland before he was hired to lead the Pistons. 

More on this story as it develops.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:44 pm

Kuester's future subject of conflicting reports

Until Tom Gores officially takes over as the new owner of the Pistons, there will not be any major trades, there will not be any coaches fired or hired, the team will kind of sit in limbo until right around June 30th, when the transition to the new ownership should be completed.  I know this doesn't make it easy for sportswriters who have to write about something, whether it's true or not, just to fill up space.  But the truth of the matter is, all these ESPN rumors, like the Pistons giving up Rip Hamilton and their number eight pick in the draft in exchange for nothing, or Coach Kuester getting fired, are just mindless blatherings by ESPN personnel who are trying to pretend they are actual journalists.

Since: Dec 7, 2006
Posted on: May 30, 2011 12:22 pm

Kuester's future subject of conflicting reports

They did lead the league in attendance and Dumars did win them a title, but the team has been bad for a few years now and the fans are not going like they used to.  Yes, the economy has hit the area hard, but the Pistons start losing and the fans stop going.  As a Knicks fan who had some of these same issues a few years back when you guys were making annual trips to the Conference finals, I can say that even though the team was terrible, fans were still packing MSG each night even with Isiah making idiotic move after idiotic move.  While Dumars did build that title team, he has to be held accountable for his questionable moves before that time and since.  The first being taking Darko ahead of Melo, Wade, and Bosh.  Any European player is a risk and as history has proven, most do not end up a star like Dirk.  Then he went out and traded Billups (a clutch player and proven winner) for Iverson (a selfish ballhog and team cancer who thinks the offense should revolve all around him).  Then when he was off the books, they used the money to sign Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva rather than wait another year when they could have made a run at the 2010 free agent class which would included Prince James, Wade, and Bosh.  He also fired the coach who won him a title and brought them to another finals and then fired Flip Saunders despite 3 straight ECF appearances and being a top tire team each year.  Then they bring in Michael Curry and give him one year when he was supposed to be the coach of the future and then he hires Kuester (a no name assistant) to replace him.  He cannot set a consistent lineup, does not get along with his players, fights with them, and sees them protest.  He refuses to play one of the last remnants and key component of their glory days in Rip because he is upset about being demoted to the bench.  There may be the ownership transition, but this guy needs to go and how he has not been fired is beyond me.  As far as Dumars, he has been strapped by the ownership problem, and he deserves one more shot, but his moves the last several years have been questionable and if they did fire him, that would be a fair decision as well.

Since: Nov 24, 2009
Posted on: May 30, 2011 10:05 am

Kuester's future subject of conflicting reports

Eric is still in disbelief that tuos fired dirty Jim....LOL! Tribe have begun the freefall and are no longer the best in baseball....Pistons titles since 1964 3 versus all of clevland 0...Nuff Said' Jess Sayin'

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 7:51 am

Kuester's future subject of conflicting reports

Lol Eric...that blimp also got us a championship, more than your sorry franchise could do with Lebron!  

Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 7:38 am

Kuester's future subject of conflicting reports

The new owner should clean house, including the blimp that got this franchise into this mess in the first place, he has proved that he can't dig himself out of the hole he go himself into, time to give someone else a try.

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: May 30, 2011 7:08 am

Kuester's future subject of conflicting reports

The sad story is that nobody wants this job and I don't blame anyone for that because there fans and there team the Pistons or the worst in the NBA not just now but for a long long time coming too.
Stevephoenix- i dont know if you have a grudge against the Pistons or rode the short bus, but let me educate you. In the past TEN years the Pistons LED THE NBA in attendence 6 times(2nd once and top 10 twice).   In that span thay won 6 division titles, 2 eastern conference titles and a CHAMPIONSHIP.   

During that same 10 year span the Suns only managed to crack the top 10 once(just barely).  Even in the 3 division championship years your attendence still sucked.  Who's got the worst fans?   So 3 division championships, NO conference titles, NO CHAMPIONSHIPS. The Pisotns dominate the Suns as a franchise. 

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 30, 2011 3:11 am

Kuester's future subject of conflicting reports

The sad story is that nobody wants this job and I don't blame anyone for that because there fans and there team the Pistons or the worst in the NBA not just now but for a long long time coming too.

Since: Jan 23, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:35 pm

Kuester's future subject of conflicting reports

The Pistons will suck next year and be back in the lottery in all likelyhood, so why not give Bill Laimbeer a shot? 

Since: Mar 18, 2009
Posted on: May 29, 2011 11:00 pm

Kuester's future subject of conflicting reports

What is so conflicting firing or letting go of a head coach who for years did not make it to the playoffs. This experiment is a failure. I would vote Arnie Kander, not joking , he has been with the organization longer than any head coach. For temporary at least or the most logical is the assistant coach Brian Hill. As long as Kuester is gone i am fine who will be named the temporary head coach for now.  As for Kuester. he will make a fine assistant coach for the Lakers. And hopefully the Pistons finally find a good head coach.

Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: May 29, 2011 10:45 pm
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