AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – John Loyer led the Detroit Pistons to a victory in his debut as interim coach, but he was careful not to take too much credit for it.
Loyer said he was just glad his team played hard in a 109-100 win over San Antonio on Monday. Loyer spent much of the night yelling out instructions in a raspy voice from the sideline in a game his team led comfortably for the entire second half.
It was an immediate contrast to the more mild-mannered Maurice Cheeks, the coach the Pistons fired a day earlier.
Of course, sideline demeanors can be deceiving, and it remains to be seen whether the Pistons will be any more consistent under Loyer than they were under Cheeks.