Detroit Pistons Rumors
The most important trait displayed in the interview? He was inspiring — instantly showing how he will earn the respect of the players. “He commanded the room,” Stefanski said. “What you want is a presence with the players. The other applicants did a good job, but ‘Case,’ having won on the level he’s won, was very, very important to us and the team we have right now.”
Stan Van Gundy had just confirmed a report that Dwight Howard wanted him out in the midst of Orlando’s losing streak. That’s when Howard, he said on ESPN’s The Jump, was advised to go show support for the embattled coach. “The first question is like ‘Dwight, they said you wanted to get Stan fired.’ I was like ‘Oh, my God,’ ” Howard recalled. “That was literally the worst day of my life. We had a game that night. And that was the worst game I ever played. Like, I could not hit the basket for nothing. And you would have thought – I don’t know what was going on that night, but it was the worst ever.”
Barring a major trade, the Pistons won’t be very active during the draft or during free agency. They have no first-round selection in the draft on June 21 — their No. 12 pick was sent to the Los Angeles Clippers in the Blake Griffin deal — and they likely won’t find an impact player with their second-round pick (42nd overall). They will pick up the team option on Reggie Bullock for $2.5 million by July 15 and they’ll have to make decisions on whether to fully guarantee the contracts of Eric Moreland ($1.8 million) and Dwight Buycks ($1.6 million).
The Detroit Pistons were in need of a head coach and reached out to Michigan’s John Beilein. And Beilein reciprocated, flirting with the idea of coaching in the NBA. The flame eventually fizzled after the news became public and Beilein wasn’t offered the job, which led him to pulling his name from candidacy and staying put at Michigan.
After going through a similar process himself, Beilein said he doesn’t plan on testing the NBA waters again. “It was location, location, location,” Beilein said of the Pistons job on WBBL’s “The Huge Show” earlier this week. “(Wife) Kathleen and I, we love it. We have our daughter Seana in Saline with her three grandkids and her husband. We wouldn’t really have to move. It was appealing to me and the interest was mutual to an extent, but they had some other great options and I had a great option.