maurice cheeks february 2014

Maurice Cheeks was surprisingly fired as the head coach of the Detroit Pistons on Sunday after 50 games. Cheeks was 21-29 and was replaced by assistant John Loyer on an interim basis for the rest of the season.

Even though Loyer is auditioning for the job himself, it's doubtful that he'll land the job permanently. The job won't be filled until the offseason, so here are a list of candidates that should be in play to be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons.

Lionel Hollins

lionel hollins february 2014

Hollins is the hot name right now for the job right now. He led the Memphis Grizzlies to the Western Conference Finals last season with a roster that was similar to what the Pistons have now.

Hollins has expressed interest in the Pistons and is the odds on favorite to land in Detroit.

Bill Laimbeer

New York Liberty head coach Bill Laimbeer questions officials call during the second half against the Washington Mystics at the Prudential Center. Washington Mystics defeat the New York Liberty 66-57.

Laimbeer is the fan-favorite based on his playing days with the Pistons. The problem is that Laimbeer's coaching experience is limited to the WNBA and one year on the sidelines with the Minnesota Timberwolves.

If Laimbeer coached the Pistons, I could see a fight breaking out with one of the players, but he could make the Pistons interesting.

George Karl

george karl february 2014

Karl has won everywhere he's been. Karl has also worn out his welcome everywhere he's been. He was the coach of the year last season and has led five different teams to the playoffs.

I don't think the Pistons have a roster for Karl's preferred style of play, though.

Jeff Van Gundy

jeff van gundy february 2014

It's a long shot, but when your in the position the Pistons are in, it's worth a try. I don't see Van Gundy leaving ABC anytime soon. He seems too comfortable next to Mike Breen.

Phil Jackson

Head coach Phil Jackson and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers talk prior to playing against the Oklahoma City Thunder during Game Four of the Western Conference Quarterfinals of the 2010 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2010 at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

This is an absolute pipe dream. Only if Tom Gores gave him part ownership, a star player and a boatload of cash.

Stan Van Gundy

stan van gundy february 2014

I think Stan is comfortable in semi-retirement. He could come back if the right team came calling. He's never had a losing record.

nate mcmillan february 2014

The former Portland Trail Blazers and Seattle SuperSonics coach interviewed three times during the Pistons’ last coaching search, but the job went to Cheeks. He’s now an assistant with the Indiana Pacers.


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