When the Detroit Pistons fired head coach Maurice Cheeks over the weekend, many believed that the team would reach out to and eventually hire Lionel Hollins. After being let go by the Memphis Grizzlies this past summer, Hollins failed to land either of the jobs he was rumored to be attached to, as the Los Angeles Clippers traded for Doc Rivers while the Denver Nuggets plucked Brian Shaw off of Frank Vogel’s coaching tree.
Hollins can’t seem to get any luck and that’s streak that continues with word that the Pistons have not contacted Hollins once about their head coaching position.
“I can’t tell you. I haven’t had any contact with them, nor has my agent. I’ve expressed to different media outlets that I would have an interest in listening to what they have to say. They have an intriguing team with some of the young big guys that they have. So I would definitely be interested in talking to them. I’m flattered by all the non-decision makers coming out and saying that the job is mine and I’m the first choice and they are coming after me. Well, none of that has happened and it only matters what the Detroit Pistons are thinking. Again, I’m flattered with the respect that has been shown me by some of the national media.”
This seems to suggest that the Pistons intend to ride out the rest of this season with an interim head coach, something that might not sit well with fans.
Then again, given how terrible Joe Dumars has been in hiring head coaches, I wouldn’t let him reach out to anyone either.