HoopsHype Tom Gores rumors

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

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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

November 2, 2012 Updates

Pistons owner Tom Gores and his wife, Holly, have put a house in gated Mulholland Estates near Beverly Hills, Calif., up for sale at $10.75 million. Custom built in 1992, the house features five fireplaces, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 11,107 square feet. There's also a saltwater swimming pool with a spa. The couple paid $4.595 million for the property in 1999. Detroit Free Press

November 1, 2012 Updates

Pistons owner Tom Gores isn't removing the pressure of the "We'd better make the playoffs" edict he issued at the end of last season, but it doesn't mean heads will roll if they end up back in the lottery. "We would like to make the playoffs," Gores said Wednesday night. "There's no ultimatum that says if you don't make the playoffs, you're gone. We don't work like that." Detroit News

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The Detroit Pistons have released a promo video from their State of the Pistons event with season-ticket holders last week. An hour of the event will air on Fox Sports Detroit at 7 p.m. Thursday. In the teaser video, team owner Tom Gores says the Pistons are "lucky" to have Joe Dumars in the front office. "We might be able to figure out how to win and win big for one year, but that's not the point," Gores said. "The point is how do we deliver something that is genuine, that is real? "I think we're fortunate to have (Dumars) as a GM, because he wants to deliver that every single day." Detroit Free Press

April 27, 2012 Updates

Asked if he is willing to use the amnesty clause, which would require him to pay a player's contract and let that player go elsewhere, in exchange for the right to waive that contract for salary-cap purposes, Gores was non-committal. “It's a good question,” he said. “I'm not sure, really. That's something that I'm going to leave to Joe, and his team. We're going to get Lawrence's input. Our goal, for the franchise, is to win a championship, but to do it the right way.” Booth Newspapers

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Team president Joe Dumars long enjoyed the support of the Davidson family, and he remains an icon of the franchise. But with new owner Tom Gores, whose influence was exerted early with the hiring of Frank over Dumars' preference, Mike Woodson, Joe D. is in a tough spot. CBSSports.com

January 28, 2012 Updates

The man who gave billionaire Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores his start in the business world more than 30 years ago has died. Tom Joubran, a Flint-area businessman and Gores' uncle, died Friday at age 86 according to a story in The Flint Journal. Joubran gave Gores his first job stocking shelves at Tom's Market in tiny Genesee, Mich., a Flint suburb where Gores grew up after moving there from Israel as a child. Joubran owned the market as well as several other Flint-area businesses. “I'm very proud of him,” Tom Joubran said last year when his nephew emerged as a front-runner to buy the Pistons. “My God, look at the guy right now. He's got thousands and thousands of people working for him. He used to tell me, 'Uncle, I'm going to be on the top of the world.' “Tommy, I'm just very proud of him.” Booth Newspapers

January 16, 2012 Updates

A good chunk of the NBA's fandom may not remember this turn, but when the Detroit Pistons moved to the Palace of Auburn Hills at the start of the 1988-89 season, the move was heralded as the sort of switch that would convince free agents to want to be a part of the Pistons franchise. The Palace wasn't just nice by new stadium and/or expansion standards, but it set a precedent that a decade's worth of stadium creators would have no choice but to follow. Twenty-three years later, with the Pistons locked out and the stadium in bad need of an internal upgrade, new owner Tom Gores set to making the team's locker room pretty all over again: Yahoo! Sports

December 29, 2011 Updates

Gores, who bought the Palace Sports & Entertainment empire last summer, met with the media in a suite under The Palace stands shortly before Wednesday’s 105-89 loss to Cleveland in home opener. He touched on a variety of topics that included former owner Bill Davidson, and his expectations and hope that the Pistons can help spark a rebirth for Detroit. "I want this to be an exciting place to be," said Gores, who was wearing jeans, an open-collar black shirt and a Piston-blue blazer while standing in front of a portrait of legendary former coach Chuck Daly as well as a picture of Isiah Thomas and Davidson celebrating the 1989 NBA Championship. Booth Newspapers

"I want Detroit to be an exciting place to be. We have the beginnings of that. In Detroit, we have some of the best people in the world. I’m grateful to be here and be a part of the city. Tonight is about celebrating Detroit and it’s comeback. We’re coming back. That’s what we’re doing. "I feel like I’ve been training for this my whole life. I grew up in sports. I grew up in Michigan. I feel like I am ready for this challenge to help Detroit come back." Booth Newspapers

Gores, who watched the game from the owner’s suite at midcourt, is a Michigan State graduate who lives in Beverly Hills. He said he didn’t know exactly how many games he would attend in person this season but promised to be involved with the club on a regular basis. He said he would be at The Palace whenever the Pistons need him and if he has to go down near the bench and high-five players during a game, that’s what he will do. "There are many things I can do to impact the team," he said. "It’s not the idea of just being seen. ‘Hey, the owner’s here.’ It’s the idea of making a difference every day. You have to be impactful. My impact shouldn’t just be my presence. My impact should be present the whole year. "This team will play with pride and respect." Booth Newspapers

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