Tom Gores Rumors
Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy, who is supportive of athletes who choose to kneel during the anthem, wasn’t surprised when Gores clearly stated his position earlier this week. “Tom probably has as much feeling for this country being a great country as anyone,” Van Gundy said. “His family’s immigrant experience here was outstanding and as a result of that, Tom has a great feeling about the country and believes in honoring the country. “But Tom also knows that one of the things that’s great about this country, one of the things that he respects about the country, is the right of free speech.”
Owner Tom Gores said he still has faith in Van Gundy, who signed a five-year deal in 2014. “Do I believe in Stan? Absolutely,” Gores said Wednesday during a news conference prior to the season-opening 102-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets at Little Caesars Arena.
“Do I feel good about the model? I feel good about the model,” Gores said. “Stan has a lot of support around him, whether it’s (general manager) Jeff Bower, and then he has support that probably (media) don’t even know about. He has a lot of support. So, I believe in the model. We’re seeing this through, absolutely.”
Gores said his goal for the team is to be competitive and return to the playoffs. “My consultants told me not to say we have any expectations, but truth is we do,” Gores said. “We have to be competitive. That’s what Stan wants. Of course, we want to get into the playoffs. If there’s a moment I sit up here and tell you we’re not, I think you should fire me.”
Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores issued a statement Monday on the matter: “America’s most treasured values include equality and diversity, and the right to effect change through peaceful expression and thoughtful debate. Our players care deeply about our community, and they demonstrate that every day. We support their right to raise awareness in a manner they believe is both thoughtful and impactful. We hope that any response to it will be equally thoughtful.”
Saying Little Caesars Arena and District Detroit will bring “excitement and sizzle” to downtown, Chris Ilitch, accompanied by dignitaries from business and politics, cut the ribbon Tuesday for the ceremonial opening of the new home for the Detroit Red Wings and Pistons.