Pistons fire Kuester

By the Associated Press | June 5, 2011 | 3:27 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Pistons have fired coach Kuester.

The move Sunday came four days after Tom Gores completed an agreement to purchase the Pistons from Karen Davidson.

Kuester was 57-107 over two years with Detroit, which failed to make the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time since missing it three straight times from 1993-95.

Detroit won its third championship in 2004, part of a six-year streak in which the team reached at least the conference finals, but the Pistons went 27-55 in 2009-10 and 30-52 this past season.

Empty seats were common at home games, and that, coupled with feuding between coaches and players, only added to a sense of gloom.