Basketball / Sports

In search for new coach, Pistons' patience likely to be rewarded

It's a little surprising that fans are questioning the identity of the Pistons' future head coach when the identity of the next general manager remains a mystery.

Typically, the GM picks the coach because the goal is a symbiotic relationship in which the two can reach agreement on vision and personnel decisions.

But on closer inspection, the interest is understandable.

The coach is more visible for fans, who can second-guess decisions on a nightly basis. A GM's turn in front of the cameras can be sporadic. In the case of Joe Dumars, they came on an annual basis, for the most part.

But coaching searches should always be patient, and the main reason is obvious -- you never know who might be available.

If their teams get bounced out of the playoffs in the first round, the Pacers' Frank Vogel, the Thunder's Scott Brooks and the Warriors' Mark Jackson could get pink slips.

They would join a free-agent class that already has former Grizzlies coach Lionel Hollins and former Nuggets coach George Karl.

So the wisest course could be to wait.

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