The Detroit Pistons fired head coach Maurice Cheeks on Sunday morning which has now prompted a search to find his replacement. The team isn’t moving very fast to find a new head coach, as there is zero competition at the moment to find a guy for the job, but there are names starting to pop up for consideration.
One such name is Lionel Hollins, the former Memphis Grizzlies head coach who failed to secure a job this summer despite being attached closely to the Clippers and Nuggets jobs. Hollins has already stated he’s interested in returning to coaching and has recently spoken about the newly vacant Pistons job.
Coach Lionel Hollins tells @CSNNW “Of course I’m interested” in the Detroit head coach job. Though he has not communicated with them, yet.
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) February 9, 2014
The pitch for Lionel Hollins as new Pistons coach will be made, I’m told, & it’s a good one. Tough, smart leader could help disjointed group
— Sam Amick (@sam_amick) February 9, 2014
The interest appears to be mutual which means even if the Pistons aren’t rushing to hire Hollins he may be the man for the job. Detroit might want to make sure they get him secured as their head coach before the New York Knicks inevitably fire Mike Woodson.