Pistons add two coaches, retain another
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons added Sydney Lowe and
Don Zierden to their coaching staff on Friday and retained Igor Kokoskov as an
Lowe and Zierden will assist new Pistons coach Flip Saunders, who took over
for Larry Brown this summer. Brown left the Motor City after two seasons to
coach the New York Knicks.
Lowe spent the last two seasons under Saunders with the Minnesota
Timberwolves. The former NBA player was head coach of the Vancouver/Memphis
Grizzlies for two-plus years and guided the T’wolves briefly during 1992-93.
Meanwhile, Zierden was an assistant coach/director of player development the
last five seasons with the Timberwolves. He and Saunders also worked together
at the University of Tulsa and in the CBA.
Kokoskov has been with Detroit the past two years after spending three
campaigns as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers. The Yugoslavian
is the first full-time, non-American assistant coach in NBA history.