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Pistons interviewing 34-year-old Bickerstaff

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06:57 AM ET 05.08 | To whom will Detroit entrust its future on the sideline? Houston Rockets assistant coach J.B. Bickerstaff will interview for [the Pistons] head coaching job on Wednesday, league sources told Yahoo! Sports. Bickerstaff, 34, has risen rapidly in the eyes of NBA executives as a head coaching candidate. Bickerstaff will be the fourth known candidate to interview for the Detroit opening. Ex-Portland Trail Blazers coach Nate McMillan, San Antonio Spurs assistant Mike Budenholzer, and Phoenix Suns interim coach Lindsey Hunter have met with Pistons GM Joe Dumars so far. As the son of longtime NBA coach Bernie Bickerstaff, J.B. Bickerstaff has long been immersed in the profession.

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May 8, 2013  07:36 AM ET

<shrugs shoulders>

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May 8, 2013  09:09 AM ET

Leaving No Stone Unturned, Bros?

May 8, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Leaving No Stone Unturned, Bros?

No, I think it's more when you go through coaches like the Piston's have lately, you end up having to look under rocks to find someone willing to coach the team.

May 8, 2013  09:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Leaving No Stone Unturned, Bros?

Hell naw. Not one left where it lay before.

May 8, 2013  10:04 AM ET

Pistons CANNOT gamble AGAIN on a HC. They have to go with a known entity to atleast get a team assembled and a put a system in place. This is not a lab!

May 8, 2013  10:08 AM ET

I guess you can say that he should know what he's doing because I'm sure he's been around hoops since day one. Has he been an assistant long enough?

May 8, 2013  10:09 AM ET

Pistons CANNOT gamble AGAIN on a HC. They have to go with a known entity to atleast get a team assembled and a put a system in place. This is not a lab!

May 8, 2013  12:47 PM ET

He ran Denver into some of the lowest winning percentages of all time - sounds perfect for the Pistons.

May 8, 2013  02:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Pistons CANNOT gamble AGAIN on a HC. They have to go with a known entity to atleast get a team assembled and a put a system in place. This is not a lab!

Wise move is to dismiss Dumars before draft day.

May 8, 2013  02:37 PM ET

I think this would be a bad idea, but no where near as bad as hiring his dad.

May 8, 2013  03:02 PM ET
QUOTE(#11):

I think this would be a bad idea, but no where near as bad as hiring his dad.

Yeah, I was talking about his dad - this couldn't be better.

May 8, 2013  04:41 PM ET

Phil Jackson just joined Detroit as a consultant. Jackson's close ties with LA probably means that he told Dumars to interview Bernie Bickerstaff's kid. With Houston's rapid accent this past year, and their exciting and young team offense, it can't hurt to at least interview the kid. If Detroit has a lottery ball fall their way to bring in another young talent, in addition to $30 million in cap space, they could perhaps be on the rebound sooner than later.
That being said, I like the idea of Nasty Nate McMillan. I don't know too much about the Spurs assistant, but just hearing that he is a Spurs assistant, you'd assume the apple doesn't fall far from tree. I'm not sure how much input Phil Jackson has as a consultant, but I see this interview as linked to Phil.

May 8, 2013  06:18 PM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Leaving No Stone Unturned, Bros?

Leave the stone uncovered.

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May 13, 2013  02:16 PM ET

Lol His dad also put together the sonics squads back in the day. Drafted Gary Payton, Pippen, Ben Wallace, Sean Kemp, Xavier Mcdaniel, Raymond Felton, Shannon Brown and plenty more. Beat the Sonics as the 8th seed in Denver. Oh and tje owners in Denber didnt want to pay Dikembe and the boys to keep him. Coach of the year once and known for bearing the hell out of Detroit. Yall think you know but you dont know. He also took the Bobcats and in 3 years had the most wins for a new franchise. Learn your Bball folks youre fans and we all know fans are fickle.

 
May 13, 2013  02:18 PM ET

He also had a trade in Denver setup before they lost Dikembe to send him to Houston which would have gave Denver Horry and Cassell fresh off their rings. Ownership turned that down as wel.

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