Pistons Considering Pelicans’ Jarron Collins for Head Coaching Vacancy

The New Orleans Pelicans coaching staff could look noticeably different when the next training camp opens in September.

The Detroit Pistons have received permission to talk to Pelicans assistant coach Jarron Collins for their vacant head coaching position, per The Athletic’s Shams Charania.

Collins is joining a long list of candidates, including the Milwaukee Bucks’ Charles Lee, Brooklyn Nets’ Brian Keefe, Toronto Raptors’ Adrian Griffin and Miami Heat’s Chris Quinn.

Collins has ties to Detroit’s existing roster, as he and James Wiseman were both with the Golden State Warriors for the 2020-21 season.

Collins had left the Warriors several years ago to pursue head-coaching and associate-head-coach opportunities around the league and was hired by the Pelicans a few months later as the lead assistant to Willie Green.]

There had been interest in Collins for head coaching and lead assistant positions previously.

Collins has interviewed for NBA head-coaching jobs with the Chicago Bulls in 2020, the Memphis Grizzlies in 2019 and Atlanta Hawks in 2018. He also turned down a lead assistant-coaching job under current Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins in 2019.

Collins first gained recognition on the Warriors for his player development work and then served as a defensive coordinator under Steve Kerr and Mike Brown in his last two seasons in Golden State.

During Collins’ time in New Orleans, the Pelicans saw their defensive efficiency improve in each campaign, going from 23rd during Stan Van Gundy’s lone season to 18th in 2021-22 to sixth last season.

Pelicans assistant coach Ryan Pannone accepted an offer to join Nate Oats’ coaching staff at the University of Alabama over the weekend.

Pannone spent one season on Green’s bench, having previously guided the Pelicans’ G League for three seasons as head coach. Prior to that, he garnered extensive experience coaching overseas in various capacities, including in Israel, Germany and China.

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18 thoughts on “Pistons Considering Pelicans’ Jarron Collins for Head Coaching Vacancy

  1. Can we offer the Pistons a package deal where they can take our head coach too…bwahahahhahaha

    1. If Adam Silver doesn’t suspend Draymond Green for what he did tonight, something is wrong. That was uncalled for. Totally deliberate. To step on Sabonis like he did continues to add to his resume what a dirty player he is. It’s amazing how NBA caves in no matter what Green does and allows that crap to continue

  2. Wouldn’t hurt my feelings if both of Willie’s two lead assistants are let go. Please Detroit hire Collins. We need a solid from y’all.

  3. Oleh and David, congratulations on keeping The Bird Writes online for those of us who enjoy the content you provide about our beloved PeliCANs, on whom many of us spend our hard-earned money. We may not always agree but thank you for providing a forum for healthy and stimulating debate.
    Now: would it help the PeliCANs to turn over a good portion of their staff? Who should they bring onboard? Will Willie Green have any say whatsoever in who is hired to assist him?
    Since SVG is the only NBA coach who’s gotten more than 60 games out of Zion in a season, maybe he should be the behind-the-scenes consultant instead of D’Antoni.
    Just sayin’.

  4. The Pels need to reevaluate everything including the coaching. When you see perennial losers like the Kings having such an amazing turn around it’s a little hard to realize the Pels aren’t still playing. They have some good players but this seems to be a rather daunting task especially when you consider the West may be even more competitive next year.

  5. Hoping for an upgrade from Pannone as the offense fell apart at times (especially someone to also help with time outs and rotations. Jarron headed a top 10 defense for us so he would be missed.

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