Getting to know Tom Gores: Hands-on as an owner, but you won't confuse him with Mark Cuban

Dan linked to an article yesterday with some history of Tom Gores’ family and business ties. It went over well. But the internet is a big place, so today I’ll link as many articles I can find about the man who may or may not be the next Pistons owner.

In a profile of Gores in Crain’s Detroit Business in September 2010, Gores discussed, among other things, what fans could expect out of him as an owner of a pro sports team:

If he becomes the Pistons’ owner, Gores said his style would be hands-on, but not to the point of a Mark Cuban, the brashly outspoken (and often-fined) owner of the Dallas Mavericks.

“I’m not looking to be a Mark Cuban. Let’s say active, but not that active,” Gores said during a telephone interview with Crain’s.

No offense to Cubes, who’s great, but I think after years of the quiet, humble leadership of Bill Davidson, it would be a bit of a culture shock to go from that style to a Cuban-style owner. Maybe Gores represents a middle ground between the two styles.


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