HoopsHype Tom Gores rumors

February 2, 2014 Updates

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores said Saturday that he is concerned about the underachieving team but said its focus is on improving the existing roster, not buying or selling before the upcoming NBA trade deadline. Asked specifically if he was panicked over the job performances of president of basketball operations Joe Dumars, who is in the final year of his contract, and/or first-year head coach Maurice Cheeks, Gores replied, "Right now I'm patient, but I want to make sure we make adjustments if we have to make adjustments." Booth Newspapers

October 31, 2013 Updates

Q: You mentioned Dumars. He’s in the final year of his contract, and there hasn’t been public talk of an extension. I have to ask: Is Joe on the hot seat? Tom Gores: He’s not (on the hot seat). Joe and I collaborated on these moves, we talk every other day. He’s done everything we’ve asked, and his basketball organization is really solid. I’m excited where they’re at. I don’t think I could’ve asked for more this summer. Detroit News

October 30, 2013 Updates

Q: You mentioned Dumars. He’s in the final year of his contract, and there hasn’t been public talk of an extension. I have to ask: Is Joe on the hot seat? Tom Gores: He’s not. Joe and I collaborated on these moves, we talk every other day. He’s done everything we’ve asked, and his basketball organization is really solid. I’m excited where they’re at. I don’t think I could’ve asked for more this summer Detroit News

Q: So Joe has not asked for clarity on his situation? Gores: He has not. We’re doing our jobs. Joe also understands you have to prove it, just like I have to. Q: Is it fair to say some jobs are on the line this year? Gores: I wouldn’t say it’s fair to say that. There is a lot of good stuff we’ve done, and some things we can’t control. It’s like I tell my kids — there’s a lot of pressure, but just do your work. I do think we’ve done our work. I feel good about it. Detroit News

October 29, 2013 Updates

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores is donating $250,000 to support the Jalen Rose Leadership Academy. The funding announced Tuesday from Tom and Holly Gores aims to boost the growth and development of the public charter high school in Detroit. The money is expected to be used for infrastructure improvements, personnel recruitment and retention, and other needs. The school was founded by former NBA player Jalen Rose. After playing at the University of Michigan as part of the Fab Five, Rose played for six teams during a 13-year NBA career, including six years with the Indiana Pacers. NBA.com

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There are 12 other NBA owners on the list, including Kroenke (Nuggets), Micky Arison (Heat, $5.9 billion), Dan Gilbert (Cavaliers, $3.9 billion), Charles Dolan (Knicks, $3.3 billion), Tom Gores (Pistons, $2.7 billion), Mark Cuban (Mavericks $2.5 billion), Josh Harris (Sixers, $2.5 billion), Robert Pera (Grizzlies, $1.95 billion), Herb Simon (Pacers, $1.95 billion), Donald Sterling (Clippers, $1.9 billion), Glen Taylor (Timberwolves, $1.7 billion) and Benson (Pelicans). ESPN.com

July 2, 2013 Updates

Tom Gores: Right now the Palace is our home, and I’m excited about that. You know how it is; you got to take care of your home. It’s really doing a service and my whole focus — all of our Palace team, everybody — is how do we get this franchise back to the top. I’m also excited about what also is going on in Detroit. There’s really great stuff going on downtown. I spoke to (Quicken Loans founder and Cavs owner) Dan Gilbert a few weeks ago and he has some great stuff going on down there. I’m excited for Detroit, but right now our single biggest job is to get the franchise back to the top and I think if we do that everything will take care of itself. That’s been our focus. Detroit Free Press

July 1, 2013 Updates

Since the last time you spoke publicly, maybe the biggest news from a headline perspective was the decision to bring in Phil Jackson as a consultant. What was your thought process there and were you surprised about the criticism? Tom Gores: To me, to not take advice from probably the best coach ever in the NBA — I don't think anybody in the league would not take advice from a guy like that. I felt like that we had to be open-minded and Phil's a real smart guy. I felt that us as ownership, our front office, we should always be open to listening to smart people. To me it was kind of a no-brainer. I appreciated the fact that Phil was willing to do it. A lot of people in our league would have loved to be in position to get advice from one of the best ever. I thought we were just fortunate just to have a dialogue. I didn't follow any of the negative stuff so you can give me a little color on that. Was there some negative stuff there? USA Today Sports

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May 23, 2013 Updates

The move to bring on Jackson as a consultant is what has raised the most eyebrows. The short-term involvement was characterized as Jackson doing a favor for his friend and Pistons owner Tom Gores. As far as the coaching search, Dumars said: “We will do a hell of a due diligence on our next coach. We're not going to drag this out. Tom and I have talked about this, and we want to turn this over as quick as possible.” Detroit Free Press

May 22, 2013 Updates

The Cleveland Cavaliers won the lottery and the right to pick No. 1 overall. "I'd be telling you how happy I was if we'd have gotten one (the first overall pick), so I'm not going to completely lie to you," Dumars said. "But ... I'm good with it. I just talked to Tom Gores about five minutes (ago) and I basically said the same thing ... there are no franchise changers, there's no franchise guy, really, that you're looking at in this particular draft. "So to be at seven or eight, we're going to get a good player. We'll add another really nice piece to the core we that already have and we'll move forward. So like I said, I'm very, very comfortable with it and OK with it -- totally OK with it." Booth Newspapers

May 7, 2013 Updates

Isiah Thomas watches the news coming out of the Pistons’ camp with great interest. A color analyst for NBATV, Thomas still would like to be a part of the Pistons’ organization. If owner Tom Gores invited him to interview for the vacant head coaching job, the Hall of Famer would gladly accept. “I love the Pistons, and I have and will always help them anyway I can,” Thomas said last week. Detroit Free Press

May 2, 2013 Updates

Tom Gores’ vow to use every available resource to restore the Pistons to greatness has led him to Phil Jackson, who has agreed to serve in an advisory capacity in the franchise’s search for a head coach. “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.” NBA.com

A spokesman for Gores indicated that this is an advisory role and not a formal position inside the Pistons organization. Joe Dumars, president of basketball operations, said he welcomes Jackson’s input. “Tom and I discussed using a consultant as part of our decision-making process in our search for a head coach and we feel that Phil Jackson is a great resource to use,” Dumars said. “I look forward to talking with Phil next week.” NBA.com

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