During the 2009-10 season, Hawks owners implored then-coach Mike Woodson to give more minutes to rookie guard Jeff Teague and less to All-Star guard Joe Johnson. The owners also wanted Woodson to steer the Hawks away from the isolation-heavy offense, the people knowledgeable of the conversations said.
Woodson didn’t do any of those things to the owners’ satisfaction, which were major reasons he was not retained after the season.
I wonder what role, if any, that played in Woodson’s chances of getting hired by the Pistons. On one hand, owners are probably leery of hiring an insubordinate coach. On the other hand, most owners don’t appear as hands on with coaching decisions as the Hawks’ owners do.