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    Dumars says Curry will be Pistons next head coach By LARRY LAGE - 10 hours ago http://ap.google.com/article/ALeqM5h3O4hFw0avLe_MvUwUEyb1d0gKAwD916RIL80
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      Dumars says Curry will be Pistons' next head coach

      By LARRY LAGE - 10 hours ago


      DETROIT (AP) - Michael Curry will be the Detroit Pistons head coach next
      season after only one year as an assistant. A former teammate is not

      Curry is set be introduced as Detroit's new coach at a news conference
      Tuesday, Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars told The
      Associated Press.

      Dallas Mavericks guard Jerry Stackhouse, who played with Curry in Detroit,
      said Curry was like a player-coach during his career on the court.

      "It was just a matter of time," Stackhouse said a telephone interview with
      the AP on Monday. "Everybody who knew Michael from his playing days knew
      this is where he would end up.

      "He's going to do great for Detroit because he already has great rapport
      with those players, who will give him a different kind of respect because he
      played in the league."

      Curry was an assistant last season in Detroit under for Flip Saunders, who
      was fired last week.

      The Pistons and Curry agreed on a three-year deal worth $2.5 million a
      season. The team holds an option for a fourth season.

      Before going to the bench, Curry was the NBDL's vice president of player
      development following a playing career that started as an undrafted free
      agent during the 1993-94 season in Philadelphia and ended during the 2004-05
      season with the Indiana Pacers.

      He averaged 4 1/2 points, 1.6 rebounds and 20 minutes a game over his
      career, which included two stops in Detroit along with stints in Milwaukee,
      Toronto and Washington. His defense and leadership kept him in the league
      despite averaging less than seven points a season.

      "I think he has a lot of good qualifications," Phoenix Suns coach Terry
      Porter, who was a Pistons assistant with Curry last season, told the AP.
      "It's a pretty good jump going from assistant to head coach, but like
      Stackhouse said, he's been a player-coach most of his life.

      "I don't know what his staff will be like, but that's important when you
      don't have a lot of experience."

      The 39-year-old Curry played with Dumars more than a decade ago and with
      current Pistons Chauncey Billups, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince
      during the 2002-03 season, when the franchise started its active streak of
      appearances in the Eastern Conference finals. He also played with Detroit
      center Rasheed Wallace in Washington.

      Curry might not coach all of those players next season because Dumars
      publicly put his whole team, other than Rodney Stuckey, on the trading block
      last week when he fired Saunders.

      Curry played professionally in Germany, Belgium and France as well as the
      CBA and USBL after he was a standout at Georgia Southern.

      Toward the end of his NBA career, Curry was president of the players'
      association and earned a masters degree from Virginia Commonwealth
      University. The native of Augusta, Ga., is married and has three children,
      including Deon, a wide receiver at Michigan State.


      -Charles C. Primas

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