Update: Mannix says this is a done deal. Kuester will coach Detroit.
The Detroit Pistons have passed on Avery Johnson and are learning towards hiring Cavaliers assitant John Kuester as their next head coach, according to CBSSports.com.
the edge over Thibodeau, who is widely regarded as one of the top
defensive assistants in the league. The Pistons teams that advanced to
six consecutive conference finals were built on defense, but it could
be time for a change. It is not clear whether Dumars had reservations
about Thibodeau's fairly rigid rotation system of defense, which is
similar in style to the approach that wound up dooming the Cavaliers
against Orlando in the conference finals. Thibodeau received credit —
and deservedly so — for the Celtics' championship run in 2007-08, but his system benefited from having outstanding defenders like Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins.
I feel for Thibs but this is good news for Celtics fans. This also hurts the Cavs since the hapless Mike Brown is losing a crutch.