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Report: Sidney Lowe joins Pistons as top assistant coach

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Lowe spent the last two years in Washington.

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It really says a lot about the timing of this particular #WojBomb that it’s the Australian guy breaking it, but yes, at about 3 a.m. EST, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN “tantalized” Pistons fans with this piece of news.

Lowe joins the Pistons after two years of mixed success in Washington under Scott Brooks. It must be noted that Lowe is the coach described as spending the most time with the guards for the Wizards, most obviously John Wall and Bradley Beal, so one might think how he will work with the young group of guards in Detroit, namely Luke Kennard, Khyri Thomas and Bruce Brown. Lowe’s most notable contribution to Washington, though, might be an incident from January 2017, where he stood on the court and distracted Knicks guard Courtney Lee from shooting a potentially game-tying three pointer in the final seconds (the Wizards won by 3).

Lowe has an extensive coaching history that includes connections to Detroit, where he served as an assistant for a season during the 2005-06 season under Flip Saunders. Lowe also played six games for Pistons during the 1984-85 season.

Outside of Detroit, Lowe has been an assistant coach in Washington, as well as four separate stints as an assistant in Minnesota, five years in Cleveland, and a three-year spell in Utah. He also brings a (not glittering) head coaching record, holding a career 79-228 record, although they were with some poor teams like the early ‘90s Timberwolves and the Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies. He also led North Carolina State in the NCAA for five seasons, although the team never made the March Madness tournament.

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