Tom Gores Rumors
This is not what the coaches want. Van Gundy is on Drummond to either back his way to the rim, or face up and drive — a tactic Drummond might use more if he felt confident in his foul shooting. They have their tense moments. Both are close with Tom Gores, the Pistons’ owner, and each freely admits they talk with Gores about the other in terms that might not always be the most flattering. “Whatever we talk about with the owner is between us,” Drummond said. “But Stan and I leave nothing unspoken.”
Detroit today became one of a dozen cities to submit an expansion application to join Major League Soccer. The league had set a Tuesday deadline for bid submissions as it seeks to add two expansion teams in 2020 and two more in 2022. MLS is seeking an expansion fee of $150 million for each of the teams selected for 2020. The league hasn’t yet announced the expansion fee it will seek for 2022, but it’s expected to be more than $150 million. Detroit’s bid is a joint venture between NBA owners Tom Gores and Dan Gilbert, who announced in April their plans for a $1-billion development at the downtown Wayne County Jail site that would include a soccer-specific stadium.
During a brief interview with reporters Sunday, Pistons owner Tom Gores expressed a strong desire to retain the 23-year-old shooting guard. Even if means signing Caldwell-Pope to a maximum-level contract. “I know Kentavious well,” Gores said. “He is a hard worker, he is reliable and he is improving everyday. He should be a Piston. That’s just bottom line: he has what it takes to be a Piston.”
Hampered by a shoulder injury of late, Caldwell-Pope is averaging 14.5 points, 3.4 rebounds and a career-high 3.0 assists per game. He’s shooting 42.6 percent from the floor, including a career-best 40.4 percent from the 3-point line. “He was a shy guy when I met him, and he’s become a leader,” Gores said.
On Saturday, Gores had a three-hour meeting with Van Gundy. The owner and coach both emerged with excitement about the Pistons’ future despite that poor six-week stretch since early December. “We’ve got a bump in the road, and that’s what success is about — you have to work through it. It’s all about having rough times and your ability to work through,” Gores told reporters. “I never worry about Stan, because he wants to win. He’s the hardest worker I’ve ever seen in my life. I believe in him as a man and I believe in him as a strong person.”
Gores said Sunday he believes the Pistons “are going to make a run” this season. “[Gores’] thing was not to overreact to six weeks out of what has been a 2½-year process,” Van Gundy said. “It was good to sit down and talk through things and get his perspective on things.”
Detroit averaged just 87 points per game at Staples Center during the drought, losing by 32 to the Clippers back in November, with Gores present. “For Tom, it was long overdue,” Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson said. “We haven’t gotten a win this building yet, and ‘Dre, KCP, they haven’t necessarily got one since they’ve been here. I haven’t gotten once since I’e been in the Pistons organization. We owed it to him to get him a win.” Gores sat court side with his wife and Platinum Equity business associates as the Pistons fell behind by double digits early.