Now we are hearing that Kelvin Sampson and Mike Woodson are the leaders to replace John Kuester as head coach of the Detroit Pistons. My guess is Woodson, the former Bob Knight star at Indiana, gets the job. He's coached successfully at Atlanta. I remember him as a good Big Ten player in the Magic Johnson era of the late 70s. I can see him at the Palace, but Sampson I don't know. Why would the Pistons want to bring in a controversial figure, which Sampson clearly is?
His experience at Indiana was as head coach, but he was fired because of his NCAA violations at that school and Oklahoma. Not that the NCAA governs the NBA, but Sampson was exiled to the Milwaukee Bucks as an assistant to former Spartan Scott Skiles, head coach of the Bucks the past three seasons.
Would Sampson win at Detroit, let alone Woodson? To me it's as easy to figure as the quality of the players on the team. The Pistons have won 27 and 30 in the past two seasons. They were 57-107 under Kuester and I doubt that was all Kuester's fault. The next coach, whoever he is, has got to find some better players, or they'll have to eventually go find another coach again.
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