Phil Jackson has taken an interest in the Detroit Pistons after all. According to Keith Langlois on NBA.com, Tom Gores has brought Phil Jackson on to advise Joe Dumars on the coaching search.
Gores told Langlois:
“Phil Jackson is a friend and one of the best minds in the business,” Gores said. “We are thrilled to have him as an adviser as we make some very important decisions for this franchise. Joe (Dumars) and I discussed this and he and I are in full agreement that this is a great opportunity.”
Of course Joe is in full agreement. If your boss comes into your office and says: “hey I hired a consultant to help you with your job” are you going to say no. If you do chances are you will be packing a bankers box with your name on it.
This looks like the first step in replacing Joe Dumars as General Manager. Joe Dumars began his coaching search by interviewing Nate McMillian and former Piston guard Lindsey Hunter. I think it is safe to assume the Mr. Gores didn’t agree with Joe Dumars initial choices to coach the Pistons.
The prospect of Phil Jackson taking control of the Pistons isn’t out of the question. Tom Gores has the financial means to bring Jackson to Detroit. Now apparently he has the personal relationship as well.
Phil Jackson has been linked to rumors about coaching the Cavliers, Knicks, Lakers and the Clippers. However Detroit is the only one he has accepted an official role with. For a guy who wants a shot at running an organization, why would he waste his time with the Pistons? Reading between the lines I think the answer is clear that the transition to a new era of Pistons basketball is beginning now.
If the Pistons did hire Phil Jackson he would inherit a solid core of your players with a ton of cap space in which to bring in key free agents. Free agents that may not otherwise consider joining the party in Detroit, unless of course a Hall of Fame coach is inviting you.
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