Chicago Bulls assistant coach Adrian Griffin has precipitously garnered interest from the Detroit Pistons and now he’s the latest prospect to have interviewed for their vacant head coaching position, a league source conveyed to CSNNW.com.
According to the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the coaching search, Griffin partook in an extensive phone interview with Pistons’ President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars over the weekend.
Griffin is not one of the most high-profile candidates on the market, but he interviewed with the Trail Blazers last summer, and the Magic wanted to make him their lead assistant. He fits the profile – overachieved as a player, worked as an assistant under good coaches like Tom Thibodeau – of many excellent head coaches.
Two years ago, Griffin quit coaching to spend more time with his family only to return a few months later. He’s reportedly very religious, using his time off to consider becoming a minister.
Haynes said Griffin had already garnered interest from the Pistons, so this doesn’t mean they’re bringing in new candidates. But I at least wonder whether the Pistons continuing to be in the information-gathering stage at least opens the door for Brian Shaw and/or David Fizdale.