Buffalo hires ex-Piston Hunter as assistant coach

Tony Paul
The Detroit News
Lindsey Hunter

Lindsey Hunter is getting back into the coaching ranks.

The former Pistons point guard and current Detroit Sports 105.1 afternoon drive-time host will join the staff at the University of Buffalo, where the head coach is Nate Oats, a former long-time coach at Romulus High School.

Hunter was also weighing other coaching opportunities, including one at the University of Memphis. Buffalo eventually won out because of its proximity to Metro Detroit.

Hunter, 45, played in the NBA from 1993-2010, including two stints with the Pistons -- 1993-2000 and 2003-08, the latter when the Pistons won the NBA championship in 2004. He also played a season with the Milwaukee Bucks, a season with the Los Angeles Lakers and two with the Chicago Bulls.

Hunter was an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns from 2012-13 before temporarily taking over as interim head coach in 2013, when he replaced Alvin Gentry. He was on staff with the Golden State Warriors in 2013-14.

The Mississippi native had other things on his mind Monday than the Buffalo job. He was about to head home to see his father, who was rushed to the hospital last week when his pacemaker malfunctioned. He underwent emergency surgery, and had a new pacemaker installed. Hunter's father remains in the hospital.

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Hunter began doing some fill-in hosting work on Detroit Sports 105.1 (WMGC-FM) over this past winter, and earned a permanent spot in the 2-6 p.m. slot in March, working alongside then-program director Dave Shore after the station parted ways with Matt Dery and Drew Sharp. Shore was fired in early May, and Hunter has since been working with Jake Chapman and Rob Pascoe.

There was no immediate word Monday from the station on a possible replacement for Hunter. Detroit Sports 105.1 still remains without a replacement for Shore as the program director.

Executives and staff at 105.1 were just getting word of the Hunter news around midday Monday.