Detroit Pistons Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy announced today that the team has named Brendan Malone, Bob Beyer and Charles Klask as assistant coaches and Adam Glessner as a team scout.
The team also announced that assistant coach Henry Bibby, player development coaches Rasheed Wallace and Bernard Smith, advance scout Kamran Sufi and video coordinator Raman Sposato will not be retained.
John Loyer is still part of the organization. Still listed as assistant coach – although another role could be in play.
I really like Malone and Klask.
Anytime you can credibly add someone who coached the Bad Boys – Malone – you have to strongly consider doing it. If Malone feels physically up to coaching at his age, I’m on board.
Klask previously worked as Van Gundy’s “statistics guru” in Orlando before joining Lawrence Frank’s staff in Detroit. Though Frank couldn’t stay out of his own way with the Pistons, Klask still impressed many with his sharp mind. And do I enjoy the idea of a Michigan native on the staff.
I’m not as familiar with Beyer, but he served under an excellent head coach last season in Steve Clifford (another Van Gundy disciple). He was also arrested before the season, which doesn’t thrill me, and served a year in Mark Jackson’s dysfunction, which is interesting but might say absolutely nothing about Beyer. I’m definitely willing to give him a chance and learn more about him, but as the one of three who didn’t work previously in Detroit, I’m less familiar with him.
Glessner is another Van Gundy guy, having worked in the Orlando film room.
The departures of Bibby, Smith and Sposato – three Maurice Cheeks hires – are no surprise, and Sufi probably had to go to clear room for Van Gundy’s guy.
I believe Loyer has another year on his contract, which probably explains why he’s staying in some role.
The loss of Rasheed Wallace hurts. Sheed is bright and colorful, and I really want him to make it in coaching. Van Gundy dumping him is totally reasonable. I just wish it weren’t.