HoopsHype Tom Gores rumors

October 11, 2013 Updates
September 16, 2013 Updates

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

April 25, 2013 Updates

When Salley chimed in on who he thinks would be the perfect candidate to be the Pistons next coach he mentioned that Pistons owner Tom Gores and team president and general manager Joe Dumars would get a guy who could make the team playoff-bound right away. "“I’m going to say one thing: Brian Shaw should be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons; Brian Shaw should be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons; Brian Shaw should be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons,” Salley said. “If they do (hire Shaw) guaranteed 50 wins.” Booth Newspapers

April 22, 2013 Updates
April 18, 2013 Updates

A meeting Thursday with Pistons owner Tom Gores finally confirmed Frank's ouster, after Gores offered very tepid public support of his coach when speaking to local reporters earlier this week. Frank was believed to be largely Gores' choice to replace John Kuester in the summer of 2011, although NBA coaching sources maintain that Pistons president Joe Dumars preferred current Knicks coach Mike Woodson for the job. ESPN.com

March 30, 2013 Updates
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January 11, 2013 Updates

The Detroit Pistons, whose average attendance ranks 29th among the NBA's 30 teams — above only the Sacramento Kings — are overhauling their approach to filling the seats at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Palace Sports & Entertainment officials say the days of free tickets and corporate-suite discounts, which bulked up crowds but did little for revenues, are gone. Under new owner Tom Gores, who bought the team in June 2011 for $365 million, the focus is on building value into ticket purchases through packages that include extra discounts, memorabilia and "experiences" that aren't available to secondary ticket buyers. They also are adjusting game prices, based on demand. Detroit News

This year, season-ticket holders received a key fob and Pistons jacket with an embedded chip in a sleeve that allows them to get 20 percent off food and drinks as well as 30 percent off merchandise in the Locker Room at the Palace. Fans purchasing certain packages receive a subscription to the Pistons' quarterly magazine and direct delivery of "inside access" videos about the team. Other lures include special team events such as a college draft party, game-night "Storyteller" receptions, summer golf outings and kids' basketball clinics with current and former Pistons players and coaches. "Those experiences don't happen with seats bought on the secondary market," Grigg said. Detroit News

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