The Pistons will interview former assistant coach and current Knicks assistant Darrell Walker, the Detroit News has learned.

Walker was a Pistons assistant under former coaches Michael Curry and John Kuester and was respected and admired by the players for speaking his mind. He's now an assistant under Knicks coach Mike Woodson, who was in the running the last time the Pistons had an opening. Walker was a head coach twice, in Toronto and Washington, where he had the task of guiding young teams with not much talent or direction.

Walker, 52, had a stint in Detroit from 1991-93, part of a 10-year playing career.

He garnered respect from the locker room, mostly due to his low-key demeanor and playing experience. He once vociferously protested Kuester taking guard Will Bynum out of a game at home against Portland during the fourth quarter, when Bynum was on a scoring binge, yelling, "What are you doing? You can't take Will out of the game now!"

He isn't believed to be a front-runner for the job vacated by Lawrence Frank, who was fired at the end of the season. The Knicks are in the middle of a second-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, so no exact date for an interview has been set.