It looks like Tom Gores is calling on his friendship with Phil Jackson to help him decide who to bring in as the Pistons new head coach.
Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores announced Thursday night that Phil Jackson has agreed to serve in an advisory capacity during the team’s search for a coach.
But one source close to the situation told ESPN.com that Jackson’s willingness to counsel Gores and Pistons president Joe Dumars as they weigh candidates to replace the ousted Lawrence Frank is an unpaid consultancy stemming from Jackson’s friendship with Gores and “does not foreclose any options” with regard to the 11-time championship coach’s intentions to find a new full-time NBA management job.
Jackson’s arrangement with the Pistons, according to sources, is an “act of friendship.” Former New York Knicks and Utah Jazz executive Dave Checketts previously served as a Pistons adviser to Gores without officially joining team management.
The Pistons, in a story on the team’s website announcing Jackson’s willingness to help, described the move as an “advisory role” designed “not (for Jackson) to assume a formal position inside the Pistons’ organization.”
“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.” Via ESPN
Jackson on the side of Detroit just seems odd no matter how you look at it. From a fans standpoint it’s weird to have Jackson who coached the Bulls past the Pistons in the early 90′s and then the Lakers later. On a Pistons organizational standpoint it looks like maybe Dumars is treading thin ice.
The Pistons.com spins this one as a good friend helping out another, but considering the fact that things are changing and Jackson was being pursed by other NBA teams could it be possible that he’ll have a different role with the organization soon? Well have to wait and see.
May The Gores Be With Us