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Dwane Casey, John Beilein interview for Detroit Pistons head coaching vacancy

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America

Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images North America

Former Toronto Raptors coach and Kentucky Wildcat Dwane Casey might not be out of a job for much longer.

According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, Casey interviewed for the head coaching position with the Detroit Pistons on Thursday.

Casey led the Raptors to a franchise-record 59 victories and the No. 1 overall seed in the East this past year. He was also named NBA Coach of the Year by his peers in the National Basketball Coaches Association.

Despite the incredible run in the regular season, Casey couldn’t get over the hump in the postseason yet again, losing in the Eastern Conference Semifinals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers by way of series sweep. It was the third consecutive time the Cavs have knocked the Raptors out of the playoffs, and the Toronto administration was ready for a change of scenery.

Though Casey would be perfect for the job in Detroit, where he’d have plenty of flexibility and pieces to work with going forward, he has some competition from a very interesting and familiar name.

Wojnarowski also reports Michigan’s John Beilein is meeting with the Pistons for the same position.

Beilein has led the Wolverines to two NCAA title games, including one this past year. (He’s not really runner-up in 2013 anymore, either.)

Let’s hope the Pistons were blown away with the former Cat and pull the trigger on Casey in the very near future. The game is better with him in it.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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3 Comments for Dwane Casey, John Beilein interview for Detroit Pistons head coaching vacancy

  1. Bull Filmer
    8:37 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    Pistons must weigh and balance this coaching ‘decision’. Casey has been in the college ranks as a player and a coach; he’s been an assistant and a coach in the pros. He’s coached Pros. Beilein hasn’t. Beilein is meeting with the Piston’s to increase his contractual salary at UM. His collegiate resume is nice. However, Beilein has nothing, nada to offer in terms of coaching at the professional level.

  2. ukwildcat1991
    9:57 pm June 1, 2018 Permalink

    I sure hope Casey gets the job. Ever since tayshaun prince was selected by then in the draft, the pistons have always been kentucky friendly. Unlike now when they have no one from Kentucky on the roster. They see this and that’s why they will get Casey as their next head coach. Kentucky is like a good luck charm to the to pistons

    • BBNDan7
      11:22 am June 2, 2018 Permalink

      If you ignore the Brandon Knight years