HoopsHype George David rumors
And if things improve on the floor, he could have other opportunities, like those that developed for predecessors John Hammond (Bucks GM) and Scott Perry (Magic assistant GM). But those thoughts aren't dominant. "It would be a goal of mine to eventually do it, but I can honestly say that if the rest of my career path is simply being the No. 2 person to Joe Dumars, in a lot of ways I can honestly tell you that would be a complete career," David said. Detroit Free Press
The Pistons must have liked David's report because they signed Kravtsov to a three-year, $4.5-million deal in July. But his trip from that airport is probably one of the zaniest stories of the Farmington native's career with the Pistons -- one that began when he was hired in 1996 as the video coordinator fresh out of college and has continued on to his promotion as assistant general manager in July. In his 15-plus years with the organization, David, 39, has typically gone beyond what is asked of him. He has stood out because of an ability to solve problems and impress with his laid-back demeanor -- even when wayward Ukrainian drivers flip the script. David grew up worshipping the Pistons, like many in the Detroit area, but for one huge difference -- his dad was the Pistons' director of concessions. Detroit Free Press
Clippers guard Chauncey Billups, the 2004 Finals MVP when the Pistons won their last title, recalls a night when the team was on the road and an ice storm hit the Detroit area. Worried about his family, Billups got a call from David asking if he needed anyone to check on his wife and daughters. Billups, who has played for seven teams in 15 seasons, said that kind of stuff is rare. "It is rare because he was a scout," Billups said. "It wasn't like he needed to scout me. I was already on the team. "Really we could have went along my whole six years there and not even really spoke or have a relationship because I was already on the team. Everything he did was out of the kindness of his heart -- just trying to make sure people enjoyed their experience while they were there." Detroit Free Press
The Detroit Pistons have promoted George David from director of player personnel to assistant general manager, the club announced today. David, who is entering his 15th season with the Pistons, will be in charge of dad-to-day basketball operations and will assist president of basketball operations Joe Dumars. He will continue to handle personnel issues while assisting in roster development and coordinating league and company-wide administrative duties. Booth Newspapers
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