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Burney's Bytes will focus primarily on the local preps sports scene, but will also touch on some college and pro athletics, mostly in regards to athletes who hail and have played high school sports in Oakland County. My goal for the blog is to be conversational and anecdotal, a more relaxed and free formal take on high school athletics than you see in regular game day coverage.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

In The Hunt

According to reports, Lindsey Hunter is in the running for the Detroit Pistons head coaching job.
Burney is excited about this news for a number of reasons.
First, I think Hunter is without a doubt an on-the-rise commodity on the sidelines, an up and coming bench baron that would fit the Pistons coaching needs perfectly.
Second, if Hunter gets the nod it would mean that his son Lindsey Hunter IV would be returning to local boys hoops power Southfield Christian for his senior season, giving the Eagles cage crew an outstanding chance at raising a third straight state championship - there is speculation that "Lil' Linds" might be heading out of state for his final campaign as a prepster.
And lastly, for purely selfish reasons I think it would be super cool to be on a first-name basis with the head coach of my lifelong favorite NBA team.
Like his father before him, LH4 is a gutty talent on the hardwood and will most likely be playing Division I college ball in two years. A dynamo in the backcourt, the younger Hunter can handle, take it to the tin and shoot it from downtown….boy, can he shoot the rock!!! This kid's range is endless. He can pop it from 1-75, not blink an eye and see it swish effortlessly through the net.
The elder Hunter is currently the interim head coach of the Phoenix Suns. As a player, Hunter was a tireless combo guard that the Pistons drafted in the first round (1993) and helped lead the franchise to an NBA crown in 2004. His career in the league spanned practically two decades, finally coming to a conclusion in 2010 with the Chicago Bulls after crafting a reputation as one of the true gentleman of the game.
In 2012, he was on the bench as an assistant coach at Southfield Christian when his two sons LH4 and LH3 (freshman guard at University of Tennessee-Chattanooga) teamed to lead the Eagles to its first of repeat state titles.
From the OC prep sidelines to the NBA head coaching ranks…..what a trip!!!
Hopefully, it will be a jaunt that will find its way to the Palace and the in-desperate-need Pistons soon.


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