Coaching Latest: Pistons, Dunleavy, Del Negro

We saw earlier today that J.B. Bickerstaff was on the Pistons' radar.  On Wednesday, the Rockets assistant will interview for the team's head coaching vacancy, reports Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports, adding that Bickerstaff's stock as a head coaching candidate has risen rapidly of late in the eyes of NBA execs.  Phil Jackson, who is serving as a consultant in the Pistons coaching search, quietly flew into Detroit on Monday and was scheduled to meet with team president Joe Dumars on Tuesday, reports Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News.  Here are some other news and notes from around the Association:

  • We now know that Jackson will not be the Nets next head coach.  While Marc Stein wrote that Mike Dunleavy Sr. is not being considered by Brooklyn, it is worth noting that Stefan Bondy and Frank Isola of the New York Daily News have reported that Dunleavy has emerged as a "real dark horse" in a coaching search that involves higher profile names.  Dunleavy grew up in Brooklyn. 
  • Vinny Del Negro is expected to meet with Clippers owner Donald Sterling soon about his uncertain future as the team's head coach, reports Ken Berger of CBS Sports.  All signs point toward Del Negro being dismissed despite an excellent relationship with Sterling.  Berger reports that while Chris Paul is expected to have a say in who replaces Del Negro, his influence may be weaker than most think. 
  • Former coach and current NBA analyst Hubie Brown gave his thoughts on the Bobcats' coaching vacancy on Tuesday, reports Rick Bonnell of the Charlotte Observer.  Brown's advice; match your coaching targets with your players strengths.  From Brown, "Too many times a coach's style doesn't match the players already under contracts, particularly the top three players.  The style of play is critical in relation to the players on the roster.  If it doesn't match you're just wasting time."
  • Brown went on to address the coaching-search misconception that all assistants have close to equal experience, using Tom Thibodeau as a prime example.  "The backgrounds of various assistants are totally different," Brown said.

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