Just four days after Tom Gores became the new Team Owner of the Detroit Pistons the “Detroit Free Press” reported that the team fired head coach John Kuester on Sunday, after serving two years on the bench for the Pistons. The move was not unexpected as Detroit had a record of 57-107 during his tenure. Kuester had been an assistant under former Cleveland Cavaliers coach Mike Brown before taking the job with the Pistons and Brown is said to have interest in bringing him with him to Los Angeles as he is now the head coach of the Lakers.
Detroit Team President Joe Dumars released a statement after the firing saying that the team felt they needed a new voice in the locker room. The team will look for a new bench boss immediately but Dumars is not sure how long the search will take to find a new head coach. He said “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.”
It was not that long ago that the Pistons were one of the elite teams in the Association. However they traded Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson during the 2008-2009 campaign which would turn out to be a disaster for Detroit. Their core players from their Championship team in 2004 are now all getting older and the team has not made the Post Season in the past two years. Kuester did not have any comment for reporters after the termination became final.