HoopsHype John Kuester rumors

June 21, 2011 Updates

Philadelphia's Quin Snyder, who was in charge of player development with the 76ers last season, met with Brown last Thursday, much of the conversation about the offense, the official said. Chuck Person, the only holdover from Phil Jackson's staff, has interviewed several times with Brown about a position on the staff, the official said. It already has been reported that former Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester and former Moscow CSKA coach Ettore Messina are also expected to join Brown's staff, but nothing has become official. Los Angeles Times

June 20, 2011 Updates

Brown has already hired famed Italian coach Ettore Messina to serve as a coaching consultant and likewise intends to hire John Kuester, recently fired by the Detroit Pistons, to focus on the Lakers' offense as Kuester did when he coached under Brown in Cleveland. ESPN.com

June 6, 2011 Updates

The Pistons' job opened Sunday when new owner Tom Gores officially gave the go-ahead to cashiering John Kuester, as everyone knew would happen once the team all but quit on him during the season. Kuester, a source said Sunday, was "99 percent certain" to wind up on new Laker coach Mike Brown's staff as offensive coordinator, the role he served under Brown in Cleveland before taking the Pistons job. Hornets assistant Mike Malone, who interviewed Sunday for the Warriors' head coaching job, is likely to also join Brown's staff as the defensive boss -- the same role he had with Brown in Cleveland. NBA.com

June 5, 2011 Updates

The following statement was released this afternoon by President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars. “As our organization moves forward and prepares for the future, the search for our club’s new head coach is a priority and will begin immediately. However, at this time, we do not have a timetable for hiring a successor. We’ll conduct our due diligence privately and announce a decision when we’ve identified that individual.” NBA.com

Adrian Wojnarowski: Minnesota assistant Bill Laimbeer will likely be in the Detroit mix too. Expect thread through most candidates to be toughness, defense. Twitter

June 3, 2011 Updates

Sources have said since the season's end that Kuester was likely to be fired once the sale went through, and that chorus continues. As reported by ESPN.com, former Atlanta coach Mike Woodson is expected to receive consideration for the likely vacancy. Two other possible candidates are Mark Jackson and Malone, as well as usual suspects like Casey and Frank. As if going 57-107 in two seasons with the Pistons wasn't trying enough for Kuester, his case was seriously hurt by his frequent battles with players this season. SI.com

May 30, 2011 Updates

NBA coaching sources told ESPN.com's Marc Stein that one candidate certain to be interviewed and considered as a replacement for Kuester -- should he be done in Detroit -- is former Pistons assistant coach Mike Woodson. After serving as the top aide to Brown in Detroit's championship season, Woodson was hired to coach the Atlanta Hawks in the summer of 2004 and held the job for six seasons until his dismissal following the 2009-10 season. ESPN.com

May 29, 2011 Updates

A source tells CBSSports.com'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." CBSSports.com

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. ESPN.com

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