Watching the Cleveland/Detroit series this past post-season, I always wondered why John Kuester looked like he was doing more of the coaching than Mike Brown. Obviously, that's not entirely true, but that's how it seemed to some. It looked like he was running the show, the show that stomped all over the Pistons
Kuester may not have a head coaching gig on his resume, like Dumars wanted, but he has plenty of years under his belt as an assistant, ran the Cavaliers offense from the sidelines, and was front and center when the Pistons won the championship in 2004. He may have not been a head coach, but it's more likely than not that he knows what it takes to win.
Joe Dumars apparently liked what he saw from John Kuester because he is all but officially, the next Detroit PIstons head coach, their sixth in the past decade. In fact, I'm surprised the Pistons weren't looking at Kuester before Avery Johnson.
The deal is expected to be for two years with the third year being a team option.
Kuester was an assistant under Larry Brown during the Pistons' 2004 title run. With nearly 20 years of experience as an NBA assistant, Kuester spent this past season on the Cleveland Cavaliers bench.
He was in charge of Cleveland's offense, which ranked among the league's top 10 in field goal percentage (sixth), 3-point field goal percentage (second) and fewest turnovers per game (sixth).
Even more significant, Kuester managed to successfully implement a system that allowed others besides league MVP LeBron James to thrive offensively.