I've liked Avery and have wanted him ever since he left Dallas. I think he would be a perfect fit in Detroit. The problem is it sounds like he might have things nearly locked up in Chicago. I hope not because that just makes their turn around that much faster. Terry Porter would also be a pretty good choice as long as he doesn't take the Phoenix job.
I think there is one thing that is more important than a new coach though. It was my concern before this season started and is still my concern today. The Pistons obviously don't have enough down low to get it done. The Celtics have out rebounded the Pistons consitently and even Perkins has out played the Pistons big men. That is a shame. Detroit absolutely needs to address this issue. Maxiell is not the answer. He can start a little and provide some energy. I like what he's done but at the end of the day he's still only
6'9". They went out and got Ratliff which I liked but Flip has seldom used him, but when he has Ratliff has given them some quality minutes (game 2 for example). That is the one thing I blame on the coach. Other than that, Joe D needs to come up with a way to bring some youth and size to the front line. I haven't forgot about Amir either, but again he's still only 6'9". When you have teams like the Lakers who are going to have two legit 7 footers and then Odom at 6"10", it's going to take some size down low to win championships. Rasheed can't gaurd KG anymore, and we saw last year how Lebron could go to the lane at will, basically because the Pistons didn't have anybody down low that could clog things up. Our gaurds get us to the ECF every year (and would have been the finals this year if it wasn't for a Billups injury), but the missing element really is a dominant big man who plays with his back to the basket.
Yeah, right after I made that post I got in my car and the first thing they said on ESPN radio was the Bulls hired Doug Collins. It is possible that people out there may have a feeling that the Detroit job may be available and are holding out for that. Once the Bulls got that #1 pick it became a very good position to have, not that Chicago is a bad place to coach at anyhow. Avery's system demands a great PG and he never really had one in Dallas. In Detroit he would have Chauncey and a possible future all-star PG in Stuckey. He's a defensive minded guy and Detroit has always been a team that revolves around defense. Again, in Dallas he didn't have defensive players, but he was still able to succeed in the West. I really think he would be a great fit in Detroit.
This is going to be one interesting summer, no doubt about that…
I hear you there. Somehow there needs to be changes to the front line. Who knows who will be the coach. We have the draft in less than a month. Detroit needs to make some changes, that's for sure. What they do exactly I don't think anybody will be able to predict.
Nothing against JVG, but I think if they go outside the organization Avery Johnson is a better fit. He's a defensive minded guy who loves to utilize a great PG. Any way around it, I think Curry already has the job. Once they iron out the wrinkles in the contract it will be announced. I would expect Saunders to land in Phoenix within the week. He would seem to be the perfect fit for what they are looking for. He's a guy who is a players coach and offensive minded like Dantoni. The perfect fit for being close to a championship and not being able to get it done. The interesting thing will be if he decides to take any of his assistants (like Porter) or if they decide to stay with Curry.
I was hoping to hear JVG's name as one of the possible candidates, but I think maybe perhaps Van Gundy expressed he wasn't interested in returning to coaching yet? What other teams have had interviews with JVG? I am curious to see where he might go.
IF Saunders takes the vacancy at Phoenix, I imagine that Porter would go for sure. I am curious to see what assistants will be on the sideline regardless of who is coach. Cowens? Harper? What about Igor Kokoskov? I'm surprised that he was still here after Coach Brown AND Darko were gone…
Well, I hope that Avery could be our coach (with Curry as an assistant).
Otherwise, and very likely, Michael Curry is going to be the coach…
JVG did say he didn't want to return to coaching. If he did I'm sure he'd be interested in the Pistons. I've been saying for a while now (since the mavericks rumors started) that Avery would be a great fit in Detroit.