Kuester coaches the Detroit Pistons in 2009.
February 6, 1955 |
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Benedictine (Richmond, Virginia)|
|College||North Carolina (1973–1977)|
|NBA draft||1977 / Round: 3 / Pick: 53rd overall|
|Selected by the Kansas City Kings|
|1977–1978||Kansas City Kings|
|1981–1983||Boston University (asst.)|
|1995–1997||Boston Celtics (asst.)|
|1997–2003||Philadelphia 76ers (asst.)|
|2003–2004||Detroit Pistons (asst.)|
|2004–2005||New Jersey Nets (asst.)|
|2005–2006||Philadelphia 76ers (asst.)|
|2006–2007||Orlando Magic (asst.)|
|2007–2009||Cleveland Cavaliers (asst.)|
|2011–2012||Los Angeles Lakers (asst.)|
|Stats at Basketball-Reference.com|
He played in the NBA from 1977 to 1980 and then coached in the college ranks before moving on to the NBA sidelines as an assistant. Kuester was named head coach of the Detroit Pistons on July 9, 2009. An agreement was made after the Pistons and their first choice, Avery Johnson, broke off contract talks. Kuester coached the Pistons for two seasons.
Kuester played four years at Benedictine for legendary coach Warren Rutledge. Leading his team to three consecutive state Catholic League titles, the Cadets were 33-1 his senior year.
Kuester played four seasons with the UNC Tar Heels under head coach Dean Smith, for whom he won two ACC championships and helped reach the NCAA Tournament four times, including an appearance in the 1977 NCAA Finals, in which they lost to Marquette 67–59. In both his junior and senior year (1976 and 1977), Kuester was voted UNC's best defensive player. Also in his senior year, as was voted Most Valuable Player of the ACC Tournament and the NCAA East Regionals.
Kuester was selected with the 9th pick of the third round (53rd overall) in the 1977 NBA draft by the Kansas City Kings. He played 78 games for them in 1977–78, averaging 4.8 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game. In his second and third (and final) seasons he played with the Denver Nuggets and Indiana Pacers, respectively.
After his playing days, Kuester began a basketball coaching career, volunteering as an assistant at the University of Richmond in 1980 to 1981. From 1981 to 1983 he was an assistant to Rick Pitino at Boston University, before succeeding him in 1983 as the youngest head coach in NCAA Division I.
He continued his career on the sidelines in the NBA, joining the Boston Celtics in 1990 and serving as an assistant from 1995 to 1997, and from 1997 to 2003 an assistant for the Philadelphia 76ers under head coach Larry Brown. In 2003–04, Kuester followed Brown to the Detroit Pistons where he also served as an assistant. In 2004–05 Kuester was an assistant with the New Jersey Nets, and returned to the 76ers once more in 2005–06. In July 2006, Kuester was named as an assistant coach for the Orlando Magic.
On June 5, 2011, Kuester was fired from his position as head coach of the Detroit Pistons.
On June 29, 2011, Kuester was hired as an assistant coach for the Los Angeles Lakers under new head coach Mike Brown. Since his days in Cleveland, this marked the second time Kuester has worked as an assistant coach under Brown.
On September 7, 2012, Kuester was named an advance scout for the Lakers.
|Regular season||G||Games coached||W||Games won||L||Games lost||W–L %||Win-loss %|
|Post season||PG||Playoff games||PW||Playoff wins||PL||Playoff losses||PW–L %||Playoff win-loss %|
|Detroit||2009–10||82||27||55||.329||5th in Central||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
|Detroit||2010–11||82||30||52||.366||4th in Central||—||—||—||—||Missed Playoffs|
- John Kuester statistics, Basketball-Reference.com
- Sources: Pistons turn to Kuester
- Nets Name John Kuester Assistant Coach, July 23, 2004
- "Orlando Magic Basketball Operations" (PDF). @ nba.com (2.63 MiB); retrieved August 14, 2007
- 1977 NCAA Basketball Tournament, shrpsports.com
- "Philadelphia 76ers Front Office Staff" (PDF)., nba.com (1.35 MiB); retrieved August 14, 2007
- Orlando magic hire John Kuester as assistant coach, July 6, 2006
- Cavs interested in retired guard Allan Houston, ohio.com, published August 12, 2007
- Kuester: 'There is no magic formula', espn.com, published July 10, 2009
- Lakers hire Eddie Jordan, Steve Clifford and Bernie Bickerstaff as assistant coaches
- Bayou Prospect Watch, hoopgurlz.com, by Glenn Nelson, posted July 28, 2007
- SJU player profile