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New Pistons coach: Isiah Thomas Bill Laimbeer now in mix?

New Pistons coach: Isiah Thomas Bill Laimbeer now in mix?

Beilein, who interviewed for the Pistons" vacant head-coaching job and met with team personnel multiple times, tweeted Wednesday, "I love the University of MI and I am excited about coaching our Men's Basketball Team next season and in the years to come!

The Pistons reportedly met with former Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kiddthis past weekend and there were reports about the franchise also interviewing Juwan Howard and Kenny Smith.

"I love the University of MI and I am excited about coaching our Men's Basketball Team next season and in the years to come!" he tweeted.

League sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that Beilein interviewed with the Pistons on Thursday and had emerged as a top candidate for the position but pulled out after discussions about the job with both management and ownership. He has also led the Wolverines to a couple of National Title games - although he is still looking for his first win in those games.

Beilein is Michigan's winningest coach and is entering his 12th year in charge of the program.

John Beilein is returning to the University of MI.

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Michigan's athletic director Warde Manuel voiced the same feelings. Beilein has won a pair of Big Ten championships and two Big Ten Tournament titles.

Head coach John Beilein of the Michigan Wolverines looks on during practice before the 2018 Men's NCAA Final Four at the Alamodome on March 30, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas.