Pistons pick John Kuester as new coach

AUBURN HILLS, MI – The Detroit Pistons have picked Cavaliers assistant John Kuester as their new head coach.

Kuester was on Larry Brown's NBA championship-winning staff in Detroit five years ago.

Pistons president for basketball operations Joe Dumars fired rookie coach Michael Curry on June 30. Curry led Detroit to a 39-43 regular-season record and a first-round playoff loss to Cleveland.

Kuester is the team's sixth head coach in the past 10 years. He has worked in the NBA since 1990, including 13 years as an assistant. After his earlier stint in Detroit, he spent the last two years in Cleveland.

Before that, Kuester replaced Rick Pitino at Boston University in 1983 and later spent five seasons coaching George Washington.