Tuesday , Jun , 30 , 2009 Oly Sandor

Did Detroit Pistons fire Michael Curry because of feud with ‘Rip’ Hamilton?

And Curry, for whatever reason, lacked respect in the locker room. He failed to mesh with Allen Iverson and alienated ‘Rip’ Hamilton by moving the veteran out of the staring line-up to accommodate ‘The Answer’. And yesterday, he made the mistake of publicly addressing his difficulties with Hamilton …


Did Detroit Pistons fire Michael Curry because of feud with 'Rip' Hamilton?Breaking NBA news mixed with analysis … 

Their News: "The Detroit Pistons have fired Michael Curry as coach, the team announced Tuesday.

“This was a difficult decision to make,” Pistons president Joe Dumars said in a statement.” I want to thank Michael for his hard work and dedication to the organization. However, at this time, I have decided to make a change.”

Curry was named coach on June 10, 2008 and was 39-43 this past season." (ESPN news services) 

Our Very Quick Analysis: A day before Detroit is expected to make news in free agency, the club gave coach Michael Curry his walking papers. 

This is no surprise. After all, Dumars has never had an issue changing coaches, letting go of top sideline bosses like Rick Carlisle and Flip Saunders even after they led the club to the Eastern Conference Finals.

And Curry, for whatever reason, lacked respect in the locker room. He failed to mesh with Allen Iverson and alienated ‘Rip’ Hamilton by moving the veteran out of the staring line-up to accommodate ‘The Answer’. And yesterday, he made the mistake of publicly addressing his difficulties with Hamilton.

Like Terry Porter in Phoenix, Curry just wasn’t ready to slide down the bench from lead assistant to head coach.

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