Mike Woodson met with Tom Gores’ right-hand men, Bob Wentworth and Phil Norment, according to Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press:
“I wore my best suit," Woodson joked. “They didn’t really give me a timetable. I don’t know what’s going to happen yet. They said they were going to go away, and I’m sure they’ll talk to Mr. Gores and figure out their next move, I guess. All I can say is that I thought it went well."
Woodson also said he hasn’t met Gores and Joe Dumars was in and out of today’s meeting.*
*Today is the final day teams can make trades using 2010-11 salaries and the current Collective Bargaining Agreement’s rules. I suspect most trades the Pistons would make will also be possible after the lockout, but Dumars has probably spent most of his day doing his due diligence in case a deal presents itself that works now but might not later.
If he doesn’t make a trade before midnight, I’m not concerned. I don’t care whether he makes roster moves three months or three days before training camp. Neither changes Detroit’s prospects for next season and beyond.
It certainly appears Woodson is progressing as a candidate. Meeting with the
Bobs* Bob &Phil,** seems like the next step toward him becoming the Pistons’ next head coach.
*Norment should really change his first name to Bob. I can’t read about them and not picture this.
**I’m going to continue introducing them with their last names for now, but fair warning, Wentworth and Norman will soon be known as just “Bob & Phil” on this site.
I wouldn’t necessarily conclude this is Woodson’s job to lose,, though. Who knows how many other candidates the Pistons plan to bring back for second interviews? Maybe they just happened to schedule Woodson’s second interview first.
But without knowing any plans for more second interviews, I’d guess – and I stress “guess” – Woodson is the favorite.