Eastern Notes: Pistons, Woodson, Celtics

Vince Ellis of The Detroit Free Press thinks that the Pistons should focus on finding a GM before concentrating on filling their vacant head coaching position. By waiting until after the playoffs, the franchise could see the pool of available coaches grow. Ellis notes that if their teams get bounced out of the playoffs in the first round, Pacers coach Frank Vogel, Thunder coach Scott Brooks and Warriors coach Mark Jackson could get lose their jobs and become possibilities for Detroit.

More from the Eastern Conference:

  • Former Knicks coach Mike Woodson said things didn’t work out for him this year, but he still wants to coach, writes Ian Begley of ESPNNewYork.com. Woodson said, “The last two years, prior to coming into this season, was a good two seasons for our ball club and for our fans, and this year things just didn’t work out. Sometimes in life, things just don’t work out according to plan. But I look at it, overall it was a good run and it was a great experience for me from a coaching standpoint. I’ve got to move on and close the chapter in this book and get ready for a new chapter because I still want to coach, and I love what I do.”
  • Jeff Van Gundy believes that Steve Kerr should be the next coach of the Knicks, writes Marc Berman of The New York Post. Van Gundy said, “I think [Kerr] has every quality you need to be an outstanding head coach. I see the combination of he and Jackson having the type of relationship that would bring unity to the organization that is necessary to have a chance to win big consistently.’’
  • Mark Murphy of The Boston Herald examines the Celtics draft options in what GM Danny Ainge calls, “a top heavy draft.”

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