Almost a full month has passed since former president of the Pistons organization Joe Dumars stepped down from his position. Dumars’ long awaited departure from the general management position added a second vacant spot on the team. The first and longest vacant position the team has is that of head coach.
Dumars had a long history of firing head coaches after short periods with the team and let Maurice Cheeks go halfway through this past season. Since then, John Loyer, an assistant coach who worked with Cheeks for many years in three different cities, has been running the team.
Loyer safely landed the team a bottom eight finish for the second year in a row despite last year’s offseason acquisitions of Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings. In other words, he most likely will not be asked to stay on as the permanent head coach.
Luckily for Detroit, as more teams get knocked out of the playoffs, more head coaches get knocked out of a job. One of the latest cases is Golden State head coach Mark Jackson who lost his position after losing in the first round to the Los Angeles Clippers. Also still in consideration is Lionel Hollins. Ironically Hollins is rumored to interview for the Warriors job at some point next week.
Here is how they compare:
Hollins had 10 years of experience in the league as a player and spent nine more years as a coach before his tenure with the Memphis Grizzlies ended in 2013. In Memphis, Hollins set two franchise single season win records during his last two seasons. His contract ended after being swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. When Hollins took over the Grizzlies, they were a struggling 24-58 team. Hollins left them as a 56-26 NBA Championship contender.
Jackson played in the NBA for 17 years between 1987-2004. After a commentating career working for ESPN and ABC, Jackson took a head coaching job with the Golden State Warriors. As Warriors head coach, he earned two playoff appearances in three years, the latter of which went the full seven games. Differences with management supposedly contributed to his firing.
Either of these coaches have the experience in the league needed to succeed, have turned failing teams into playoff teams and would be a great potential fit in Detroit.
Colin Jackson is a multimedia journalist for Impact Sports.