Dumars says Curry will be Pistons' next head coach
- 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
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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