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Michael Curry Fired after Just One Season with Pistons

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Ian EnosCorrespondent IJune 30, 2009

And so the coaching carousel continues.

After one disappointing season marred by personnel missteps by the front office and coaching staff, Pistons president Joe Dumars has dismissed Michael Curry from his position as head coach.

"This was a difficult decision to make," Dumars said. "I want to thank Michael for his hard work and dedication to the organization. However, at this time, I have decided to make a change."

Difficult though it may be, it probably gets easier for Dumars each time he does it.

Since the beginning of the Pistons eight-season-long playoff run, Dumars has dismissed four coaches, three of them (Rick Carlisle, Larry Brown, and Flip Saunders) considered by many to be some of the best in the profession.

There is little doubt about it; the Pistons roster needs a makeover, so this could conceivably be a good time to make this move. Making a coaching change after installing a new core would do little to foster stability in the organization.

Detroit fans will be unable to help but wonder about the job the former Finals MVP is doing these days, however.

His decisions seem increasingly erratic, and with the disintegration of his championship-caliber core, questions are everywhere concerning whether or not Joe Dumars can rescue his one and only franchise from the depths a second time.

Does this move offer any insight into what the Pistons might look like next season? 

Curry placed himself firmly, and likely irreparably, on shooting guard Rip Hamilton's bad side when he not only benched him in favor of a square peg to the Pistons' round hole, Allen Iverson, but also declined to rectify the switch as the Pistons plummeted from respectability.

The move could do wonders for placating Hamilton.

Still, to listen to Dumars is to be certain that the Pistons will make a splash in free agency a year sooner than many of their NBA counterparts, and while they truly need frontcourt help, the best talent available will be from the three on back.

Dismissing Curry is what Dumars did today.

What does he have in store for tomorrow?

That's anybody's guess.

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