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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Pistons coach enjoys March Madness

The month of March is always great for basketball fans. Both college basketball and the NBA provide plenty of great moments and memories. There is the conference tournaments and NCAA tournament in college basketball and the playoff push in the NBA.

Count Pistons coach John Kuester among those that love everything that comes with the month of March.

“Whether you’re in the NBA , whether you’re in college or whatever, this is a great month,” Kuester said. “This is a great time of the year. You see teams that are having Cinderella seasons or teams that are having great seasons itself.”

Kuester admitted he doesn't get to watch as much as he would like, which might not be a bad thing considering his alma mater North Carolina is going through one of its toughest seasons in recent memory and suffered an embarrassing 32-point loss at arch-rival Duke on Saturday night. The Tar Heels struggles prompted several media members to give Kuester some playful ribbing before Sunday's game against the Rockets.

“Go ahead and take your hits right now. Take your hits. They will be coming back,” Kuester said in response to the comments. “I’m not going to even comment about last night. It was what is was and give Duke credit, they played awfully well. But I believe in my Heels, always.”

Watching basketball can also have its perks for Kuester, who learned from Larry Brown that every game could have something to offer.

“Some of the things they do, whether it be in college or the NBA, they got some great plays,” Kuester said. “That was one of the things about being with Larry Brown. He watched every college game. He would say, ‘I saw this play that Arkansas-Little Rock ran in the tournament.’ And he'd say, ‘Kue, find that play for me.’ He had a way of watching it.

“There is so many great coaches out there that do some great things. It’s an exciting time for coaches and an exciting time for players.”


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