New Detroit Pistons coach a smashing hit

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The Pistons’ new coach is drawing rave reviews:

Via The Detroit News:

Said Rodney Stuckey: “Things are different around the practice facility. With Coach … around it’s more fun, the whole vibe is different. I know (Coach) will hold guys accountable and people are going to have to be ready to play.”

The Detroit News:

adamant about pushing tempo and getting quick offense off turnovers and missed shots … Talk to a young player … and you’d think the Pistons are going to run all the time.

The Detroit News:

If (Coach) has his way, the words soft or complacent will never again be uttered in reference to the Pistons.

The Detroit News:

And nothing he’s done has given even the slightest indication he isn’t up to the task.

Detroit Free Press:

As for his style, look for more transition offense and a renewed emphasis on suffocating defense that was a hallmark of the Pistons ‘ 2004 NBA title winners.

Detroit Free Press:

plans to rely on his bench more this season to keep his starters fresh.

The Detroit News:

Rookie coach shows right away he is in control and commands respect from players

The Detroit News:

Perhaps the biggest question coming into camp already has become a non-issue — (his) relative inexperience as a coach.

The Detroit News:

That respect has been fortified by his preparation, organization, unwavering confidence in his fundamental beliefs and ability to communicate his knowledge of the game.

Have you figure out the twist yet?

These quotes are a from a year ago and about Michael Curry.

So, when you read articles like this and this (and there are sure to be plenty more before the season opener), take them with a grain of salt.

John Kuester might be the next Chuck Daly. But he might be the next Curry.

Odds are he’ll be somewhere in between. Until he coaches a regular-season game, there’s really no way of telling.

After all, many doubted Daly’s hiring – even Daly:

He asked one reporter, “Who wants to hire a 52-year-old failure?”

Kuester is 54. Maybe the Pistons will be happy they hired him. But maybe not.

Nothing we can do but wait and see.

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