Battered and bruised Pistons coach John Kuester is expected to meet today with new owner Tom Gores and team president Joe Dumars — and every sign points to Coach Q packing his bags and finding a soft landing spot in Los Angeles.
Before Kuester’s fate is revealed, I went looking for an endorsement from the players who came to see Gores officially take control of the ship.
I left empty handed.
Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva both gave typical player answers when they don’t want to rock the ship but also don’t want the same captain to guide it.
“My opinion is they should just make the best move for the team,” Gordon said. “I don’t know what that is, whether it is bringing Q back or firing him or getting a replacement for him. I don’t know what the answer is.”
You can tell Charlie V wants to stick around because he wore his “please don’t trade me” suit. But he is telling you he wants change without saying it.
“I will leave it to the big boys,” Villanueva said. “The big boys make the decisions around here.”
Kuester has little support from players. He got very little support from management during his almost-daily crisis management debacles and it is doubtful he will get much support during his meetingswith Dumars and Gores.