Joe Dumars says John Kuester will return, but does he mean it?

Rick Carlisle

The Detroit News’ Bob Wojnowski, interviewing Joe Dumars (May 30, 2003):

Q. You don’t see any reason why (Carlisle) wouldn’t come back?

A. None whatsoever.

Wojnowski (June 1, 2003):

Dumars, considered bold and classy, put both reputations on the line by firing Carlisle Saturday, which makes no sense by any normal measure.

Larry Brown

The Detroit News’ Chris McCosky (June 26, 2005):

Dumars has said repeatedly that he wants Brown back and would allow him to work this out on his own timetable.

McCosky (July 13, 2005):

Brown has maintained all along that he plans to return to the Pistons, if healthy.

Multiple league sources said the Pistons are not going to wait much longer for an answer.

During today’s meeting, Brown will likely be given a deadline to make a decision.

Flip Saunders

McCosky (June 2, 2008):

We were all wrong. All of us who speculated that the Pistons’ loss in Game 6 to Boston spelled the end of Flip Saunders’ coaching life in Detroit were wrong.

Saunders met briefly with Pistons president Joe Dumars on Saturday and all indications are that he was told he will be back.

McCosky (June 4, 2008):

The Pistons fired Saunders on Tuesday after three seasons in which he compiled the highest winning percentage (.715) in franchise history.

Michael Curry

Justin Rogers of (April 29, 2009):

The Associated Press has reported Michael Curry will be back as the Detroit Pistons’ head coach next season.

According to Pistons Insider A. Sherrod Blakely, Curry’s job was never in question.

Detroit Pistons release (June 30, 2009):

Joe Dumars announced this evening that Michael Curry will not return next season as the team’s head coach.

John Kuester

Larry Lage of the the Associated Press (today):

The president of basketball operations for the Detroit Pistons says John Kuester will be back to coach the team next season.


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