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Reaction: Tom Gores (finally) owns the Pistons

Dan Feldman gave his take yesterday. Here are the opinions of others around the web.

Tom Walsh, Detroit Free Press:

Every major corporate purchase deal has its share of moving parts. The tricky elements of this one included an unpredictable Detroit economy in the wake of tremendous upheaval, further complicated by the prospect of an impending NBA work stoppage when the league’s collective-bargaining agreement with the players expires June 30.

Add to that some jawboning over how much of the money would come from Gores himself and how much from the Platinum Equity investment firm he heads, and, well, these things can take time.

Danny Bohnlein, Need4Sheed:

This is a big deal for the Pistons, and the entire Piston fanbase because now the organization may start to settle down a bit and move forward from the last 2 years of ugly basketball and even uglier public relations between the organization and the fans.

Bob Wojnowski, The Detroit News:

The Pistons need a committed owner with dough, and also someone who lets the basketball people make basketball decisions. Team president Joe Dumars has shown he can build a team, with the Pistons’ six straight Eastern Conference finals appearances before the current woes.

That’s why Gores would be wise to let Dumars work through this before making any rash decision. Keeping some elements of the Pistons’ pedigree makes sense, even as he changes things.

Mike Payne, Detroit Bad Boys, responding to Wojnowski:

Wojnowski glossed over the fact that Dumars did trade the team’s 3 best players to Denver for cap space, then signed the current team’s three worst players to ridiculous contracts. Is John Kuester really the biggest problem in Detroit? Is he even in the top three?

Matt Watson, Detroit Bad Boys:

Gores has made his fortune buying underperforming companies, turning them around and flipping them for a profit. It’s far too early to speculate what his ownership style might be — will he treat the Pistons like any other distressed asset in his portfolio in need of cost-cutting and efficiency, or does he intend to throw gobs of money at an expensive hobby?

Vincent Goodwill/Greg Kruppa, The Detroit News:

Gores will be introduced as the prospective owner Thursday in New York City at a scheduled meeting of the NBA Board of Governors. The board must approve the deal. But that is not likely to occur until closer to June 30, the last day before what may be a lockout of the players by the NBA owners.

But talk around the league and among observers is that approval is largely a foregone conclusion, because the NBA was desperate for the deal to be completed, especially in advance of the lockout.

Keith Langlois, Pistons.com:

(Bill) Davidson took a flagging family business and turned it into a dominant player in the world of glass manufacturing with plants across North and South America, Europe and Asia. Gores launched his own private equity firm in the mid-’90s and quickly established it as an industry leader. Both have been consistently portrayed as leaders who come to know their businesses intimately while surrounding themselves with the best and brightest and empowering them to do their jobs.

10 Comments

  • Apr 9, 20111:22 pm
    by malik

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    I REALLY DONT KNOW WHAT TO THINK ABOUT THIS I KNOW ONE THING HE PEOPLE IN THIS CITY,WANT THE PISTONS IN DETROIT CITY NOT SOME DRY ASSS SUBURB WHERE REALLY NO ONE GOES IF THE WINGS AND THE TIGERS CA BE DOWNTOWN THAN SO CAN THE PISTONS,THOSE PEOPLE UP THERE SHOULD EXCEPT THE FACT THAT THEY WLD BE BETTER SUITED DOWNTOWN BETTER FANFARE,A BETTER OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL THE PEOPLE OF MICHIGAN AND NOT JUST AUBURN HILLS THERE’S BAD APPLES IN EVERY BUNCH SO THEY CAN GET OFF THE CRIME WHITE HORSE AND COME DOWN TO THE CITY IT NEEDS IT,IF YOU DONE WANNA SEE THE CITY PROSPER THAN YOU SHOULD MOVE OUT,WHITES NEED TO GET OFF THE RACE HORSE TO IF YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN THAT ISHHH IS DEAD SO DONT COME WITH THAT EXCUSE YOUR AFRAID OF THE CITY AND ALLLL THAT WELL THERE ARE SOME BLACKS AFRAID TO COME TO AUBURN HILLS BECAUSE OF THOSE COPS AND THE PERCEPTION THT WHITES WILL NOT LET GO HERE THERE’S STILL A DIVIDE AND IT SHOULD NOT BE,SO COME ON EVERYONE HERE KNOWS THE PISTONS WILL BE BETTER OFF DOWNTOWN,ASK THE PLAYERS THEY ARE CALLED THE DETROIT PISTONS NOT THE AUBURN HILLS PISTONS.I HOPE THIS WHITE DUDE DONT BUY THEM AND SELL THEM

    • Apr 10, 201112:00 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      Ouch. Easy on the caps lock. And Mr. Gores is not a ‘white dude.’ He’s Arab.

  • Apr 9, 20111:37 pm
    by JoshB

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    Caps lock is not our friend. As much as i would like to see the Pistons in the city, their attendance issues have very little to do with location. When there is a good product on the floor, attendance is always good. I’m in agreement though that I truly hope that Gores is actually interested in keeping this team, and not just looking at it as another potential asset. If nothing else the next few years should be interesting to see considering there hasn’t been any ownership changes around here since the Tigers

    • Apr 9, 20114:22 pm
      by Jeremy

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      Personally, I would be much more likely to attend games in Detroit. I live in Ann Arbor.

  • Apr 9, 20118:31 pm
    by David

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    I will miss the previous owner with all my heart.

    I am happy that Gore is deciding to keep the Pistons at the Palace. Thank you!

  • Apr 10, 20117:40 am
    by Peter

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    Agree to say that Dumars deserve another year or two to correct his previous mistakes. (Gordon, Villanueava, Rip Contrat and so…)
    BUT…
    Am not sure, he is the good GM profile for what the Pistons need. Detroit don’t need a winner type roster manager who is bright when he needs to find prospect late in the first round.
    Pistons don’t need a guy who don’t want to loose big one year and rebuild to have the possibility to properly win big after.
    We need a Sam Presti type of manager. Sell your veteran, get 1st round and draft high well.
     
    Yes, Dumars deserve another chance, but he needs to learn from his previous choice because Pistons are in bad shape right now and no mistakes in draft or Free Agency can be made.
    Last thing but not least, Pistons need to return to his identity “Defense first”.
     
    Hope that a lot of Pistons fans agree with me.

  • Apr 10, 20117:55 am
    by detroitpcb

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    mike payne obviously has not been watching much of this season or he would certainly know that Q is “a top three problem”.
     
     

    • Apr 10, 201110:50 am
      by Andrew

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      Also to Pain, who were the top three players that were traded to Denver?  I’ll give you Billups as one.  But you can’t argue McDyess (who resigned back with the team) and Afflaflo were in the team’s top three above Hamilton, Prince, and Rasheed.

      • Apr 10, 20111:46 pm
        by gordbrown

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        I feel moved to defend MFMP (the MF stands for Mother’s Finest). In the short term, I agree that Kuester is a top three problem. But his contract is up at the end of the season and over the long term, not so much. The Pistons top problem is almost one half of its available salary cap is tied up in two players that play the same position and don’t really play well together. Another problem is Jason Maxiel, another big contract and he’s clearly and significantly regressed. Losing Prince for nothing is another major problem that is going to hurt next year, the team is clearly better when Prince is on the floor. Ben Wallace losing a step has hurt the team. And of course, there is my personal favorite, the constant reaming the Pistons get from the referees (to review, the first game of the season against NJ, the overtime loss at home to the Bulls, the last second loss to Miami and the abortion in Utah). That’s a lot more than three problems not even considering Kuester and his mysterious rotations.

      • Apr 10, 20116:10 pm
        by Laser

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        i thought it was weird that payne said top three, too. but i thought about it and can almost defend it. when it comes to veteran leadership and leading by example, chauncey and dyess were our top guys. sheed and rip always had a chip on their shoulder or a bad attitude, but dyess and chauncey were stabilizers and kept them under control. you need mature, hard-working veterans to keep immature, hot-headed vets in check. tayshaun is a rock, but he’s not much of a leader even on the young, terrible squad we have. either one of those guys might have been enough to keep sheed and rip in line, but trading both cut out the team’s heart.
         
        and, yes, dyess came back, but that month off could have been very underrated. if we somehow could have managed to start with iverson and dyess right away and not forced iverson to play with a depleted, dyess-less squad, who knows if they would have been SO bad. it still doesn’t really make much sense quite how bad they were. who knows?
         
        as for afflalo, i’d trade basically anyone on our roster besides monroe and maybe jj for him right now. i loved him here, thought he was a steal, thought he was a real piston, and we dumped him for nothing to overpay ben gordon for half a decade. so payne’s got an argument.

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