The shortlist of coaches to takeover the head coaching position in Detroit has been narrowed down to four candidates: Mike Woodson, Bill Laimbeer, Isiah Thomas and Kelvin Samspon.
Lets be honest, Kelvin Sampson belongs no where near the NBA, he struggled in college despite a few good years in Oklahoma. I wouldn’t exactly be excited about this coming season as we would have no clue what to expect from him. Also, college coaches have a poor track record in the NBA, not a gamble the Pistons need to make. So the sooner he is removed from the list, the better I will feel.
Mike Woodson has some good experience with the Atlanta Hawks and had a very successful final three seasons as they made the playoffs in all three years. The team was very explosive and Woodson handled the young talent on the team pretty well, he developed the likes of Al Horford and Josh Smith so the guy can coach. He just doesn’t seem like a fit in Detroit and his Atlanta teams seemed to lack discipline, something this Detroit team needs badly.
Now to the two guys that would be great for the Pistons: Laimbeer and Thomas. Laimbeer coached in the WNBA and won three titles, yes I know it is the WNBA but I don’t think Laimbeer lacks the toughness required to coach in the NBA. If you don’t think so then go ahead and tell him that yourself, see what happens.
Isiah has had his struggles with his management endeavors, especially in New York as he made a bad situation even worse. He coached in Indiana and was successful until a poor showing in the playoffs which lead to his firing. He tends to turn people against him, whether it be fans or management. I do not believe that would happen in Detroit, especially working with Dumars. They were both played in the Detroit backcourt during the bad boy days in the late 80′s and early 90′s.
So the question is who to choose?
Laimbeer is my choice because the guy is straight up scary and will not put up with any players acting like they did last year. Anyone remember how Laimbeer played for the Pistons? The guy was an animal down low and embodied the “bad boy” mentality, that is his style. Laimbeer would instil this mentality into a Pistons team that has been missing it the last few years. The Pistons are synonymous with toughness. Anyone remember when an easy basket didn’t exist in Detroit? I do and I know Laimbeer would bring that back to our team.
Isiah would be choice 1B for myself, but the only knock against him are his failures in managerial roles in the NBA. Like I said earlier, he tends to rub people the wrong way but I find it hard to imagine him doing that in Detroit. Isiah would be good fit and I would be behind the hiring 100%.
But I would prefer Laimbeer get the job as he would have an immediate impact on the team and would certainly get the full support of the fans in Detroit, something we haven’t seen in a while. Can’t exactly blame us for not wanting to watch the garbage that has been dumped on the court night in and night out over the last two years. Laimbeer would change that immediately and would get the palace rocking once more.
My vote is for Laimbeer, give the guy a chance!
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Written by Colton Turnquist
I have been an avid sports fan my entire life and even pursued a professional sports career in golf. I played professionally for three and half years trying to make it on the PGA Tour, but never broke through. I want to stay involved with sports and what better way than writing about them!