Re: First round playoff opponent…
Even if Flip isn't the guy they'll listen to, there are some great assistants with Detroit. Terry Porter and Dave Cowens are both capable of head coaching, and have done so in the past. Lindsey Hunter is pretty much a coach these days. Rasheed and Chauncey are very intelligent players and do a good job leading the team.
Even if Flip is being tuned out, the team still has plenty of voice without him. I know Dumars is high on him, but I don't think it would change too much if the head coach was changed out, assuming most of those other pieces could be kept together.