Isiah Thomas was a Pistons head coaching candidate for about a day.
ESPN’s Chris Broussard tweeted that Thomas was on the list of candidates, but the New York Post reported late last night that Thomas was not in consideration due to his close relationship to Pistons president Joe Dumars:
The Post also has learned Thomas is not expected to be a candidate for the Pistons’ vacant head-coaching job, despite a report out of Detroit. Two sources told The Post Thomas would not be considered by Pistons president Joe Dumars because Dumars does not want to jeopardize their friendship.
Dumars and Thomas were teammates on the Pistons squads that won back-to-back NBA titles in 1989 and 1990, forming one of the league’s best backcourts until Thomas’ retirement in 1994. Thomas has been in the rumor mill for the Knicks presidency that was left vacant by Donnie Walsh last week. Thomas has denied that he wants that job as well, a position he previously held with the team.