Thursday, July 2, 2009

Avery Johnson the frontrunner for Pistons' head coaching vacancy

Avery Johnson has emerged as the leading candidate to take over the Detroit Pistons now that Doug Collins has removed himself from consideration, according to Ken Berger of CBS Sports.com.

Johnson had a successful run as head coach of the Dallas Mavericks, leading them to the playoffs in each of his four seasons and the NBA Finals in 2006, and also winning Coach of the Year once.

He would be a good fit for the Pistons. Perhaps more importantly, Detroit would be an attractive landing spot for Johnson, with new additions Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva joining Rip Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince on the roster.

Another positive is that this would get Johnson of ESPN's airwaves. Sure, he knows his stuff but he's not really a great fit as a broadcaster.

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