COACHING SEARCH CONTINUES; SHEED TO BOSTON
I've been told tonight (Sunday) that Cleveland assistant John Kuester and Boston assistant Tom Thibodeau are still in the running for the Pistons' head coaching job. Joe Dumars met with ex-Dallas coach Avery Johnson today but they obviously didn't come to an agreement. At the very least, Dumars wants to consider options before hiring the most experienced head coach on his list.
Thibodeau was added to the list this weekend. He's been in the league quite a while, mostly as an assistant to Jeff Van Gundy in New York and Houston. He's the main assistant to Doc Rivers and is considered a defensive guru.
As for Rasheed Wallace, he's staying in the conference. He agreed to a two-year deal with the Celtics tonight to back up Kevin Garnett and Kendrick Perkins. I think that's an ideal situation for him. He'll play about 20 minutes a game, which is all his legs will allow these days, and he can beat up on second-stringers as well as defend against Cleveland's Shaquille O'Neal and Orlando's Dwight Howard, the main big men on Boston's main Eastern Conference rivals.