AUBURN HILLS—The Detroit Pistons continue their search for a head coach, interviewing former Mike Woodson on Monday. The Pistons also interviewed two more candidates last week, Boston Celtics assistant Lawrence Frank on Wednesday and Bucks assistant Kelvin Sampson on Friday.
The Pistons, looking for their 7th coach in the past 12 seasons, are looking to replace John Kuester who was fired after two tumultous seasons. Kuester went 57-107 in Detroit, his tenure highlighted by repeated confrontations with his players.
New Jersey Nets head coach is also considered to be a finalist for the Toronto Raptors vacancy. Frank coached the Nets to two conference semifinal appearances, in 2005-06 and 2006-07.
MIke Woodson, an assistant coach on the Pistons championship squad in 2004 and former head coach with the Atlanta Hawks is also considered to be a candidate due to his ties with the organization.
Former 'Bad Boy' Bill Laimbeer, currently an assistant with the Minnesota Timberwolves is also on the list of candidates and is rumored to interview with his former teammate, Pistons President Joe Dumars on Wednesday.
It appears that the Pistons will not have a coach in place before the NBA Draft begins on Thursday. Detroit has the 8th selection in the draft and are looking for a big man to complement last year's pick, forward Greg Monroe.