Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced today that Flip Saunders will not return next season as the team’s head coach.
â€œDecisions like this are difficult to make, especially with the success we have had throughout the last three regular-seasons,â€ Dumars said. â€œHowever, at this time, I feel it is necessary to make a change. I thank Flip for his hard work and dedication, but it is time for a new voice to lead our team.â€
Saunders, who was named head coach on July 21, 2005, tallied a regular-season record of 176-70 in three seasons with the Pistons. In three trips to the NBA Playoffs under Saunders the Pistons were 30-21, losing in the Eastern Conference Finals each year.
We’re hearing rumors that former Piston player Michael Curry is the front-runner. Detroit Bad Boys says there will be a press conference at 2 PM.