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Old 06-30-2009, 01:27 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Detroit Pistons have fired Michael Curry as coach, the team announced Tuesday.

"This was a difficult decision to make," Pistons president Joe Dumars said in a statement. "I want to thank Michael for his hard work and dedication to the organization. However, at this time, I have decided to make a change."

Curry was named coach on June 10, 2008 and was 39-43 this past season.

The Pistons were swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games.
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Why wait to make this move now though, after the draft? Why not have the new coach have some say on the player you're drafting?
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:29 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Wow after one year.
Anyways I blame Joe Dumars, cuz he made the stupid decision of trading Billups for AI. I hate it when coaches get the blame for stupid decisions in the front office. Bad rep for Michael Curry all cuz of Dumars.
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smart move by Dumars.
they needed a scape goat - and it happened to be Curry.
this defelcts all the blame from his shoulders and plants them on the coach after a 39 win season.
the question now is who will be the next scapegoat?
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:37 PM   #6 (permalink)
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smart move by Dumars.
they needed a scape goat - and it happened to be Curry.
this defelcts all the blame from his shoulders and plants them on the coach after a 39 win season.
the question now is who will be the next scapegoat?
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:39 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:42 PM   #8 (permalink)
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There was some talk that Michael Curry and Rip had a bad relationship and were incommunicado. I wonder if this played a hand in his firing cause aside from Tayshaun, Rip is their biggest asset.
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:43 PM   #9 (permalink)
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also, i heard Curry and Dumars werent very close either.
didnt they have some big fight midseason?
this was bound to happen, especially after that horrid season.
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Old 06-30-2009, 01:45 PM   #10 (permalink)
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Rumour has it that Doug Collins might be Curry's replacement.

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After failing to gain the respect of his players and refusing to reconcile with a disgruntled star, the Detroit Pistons fired Michael Curry as coach on Tuesday.

No replacement has been hired, but a league source believes that one-time Detroit coach Doug Collins could be the favorite for the job.

Pistons general manager Joe Dumars had been considering a change for several weeks, sources say, and ultimately let go of Curry after concluding he couldn’t recover the locker room. Curry had a deteriorating relationship with All-Star Richard Hamilton(notes), whom he benched at times in favor of Allen Iverson(notes).

Curry clashed with several of Pistons veterans and never gained their trust or respect. He had been an assistant coach for one season before Dumars promoted him as Flip Saunders’ replacement last June.

Under Curry, the Pistons finished eighth in the Eastern Conference and were swept in the opening round of the playoffs. The team has more than $20 million in salary-cap space this summer and will be active in free agency.

Collins coached Dumars with the Pistons from 1995-97, and has been out of coaching since the Washington Wizards fired him in 2003.
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There was some talk that Michael Curry and Rip had a bad relationship and were incommunicado. I wonder if this played a hand in his firing cause aside from Tayshaun, Rip is their biggest asset.
oh, it definitely did. i read that it was basically at the point where if they didn't fix their relationship soon. someone is on their way out.
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:01 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Detroit is getting weird
hopefully this disfunction means the Raps can surpass them
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Smitch to Detroit makes sense too. He'd also help bring Bosh to Detroit.
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possibly Dumars doesn't want to take a chance on a new HC
I think its either Collins/Fratello/or some other experienced HC
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Old 06-30-2009, 02:29 PM   #15 (permalink)
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Old 06-30-2009, 03:02 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Curry never seemed like much of a coach anyhow. Wasn't he accused of being a 'rat' during his tenure in Toronto?
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Old 06-30-2009, 04:52 PM   #18 (permalink)
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What? I swear he was fired last season, or atleast he shoulda been
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:02 AM   #19 (permalink)
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Well have no sympathy for coaches because its a merry go round with them. Firing means nothing and it's not like the real world with guaranteed contracts.. Smitch is proof of that reality sitting on his ass for 4 mil a year and probably be back in the NBA this year or next.
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