We’ve already had plenty of Lawrence Frank/Mike Woodson discussion today, and according to Perry Farrell of the Detroit Free Press, those two are definitely the finalists for the head coaching job. In fact, he reports that one could be offered a contract soon:
Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars was expected to meet with owner Tom Gores — and Gores’ Platinum Equity partners Phil Norment and Bob Wentworth — to make his recommendation. It is not clear whether the meeting has occurred. A final decision could come later this week or next week.
Frank and Woodson both have interviewed with Dumars. Woodson also had a two-hour interview with Norment and Wentworth. It is not known whether Frank had a second interview.
Farrell also talked to former NBA player (and former Detroit Southwestern star) Howard Eisley, an assistant coach with the Clippers, who has worked with Frank. Eisley told Farrell that Frank “has an excellent reputation across the league and is considered a good coach.” Woodson, meanwhile, is the only candidate who (as far as we know) got more than one interview. It will be interesting to see which direction the Pistons go and, despite the slowness of the process, at least they seem to be moving in a direction now.