It’s pay day.
I always have a bit of excitement when I open a paycheck. The salary has already been set, and the work has already been done. But seeing that paper with my name on it makes me smile. Receiving a check after hard work brings a finality to at least a segment the process, an acknowledgement that everything worked out.
The inevitable formality doesn’t hinder the joy.
Tom Gores agreed to buy the Pistons nearly two months ago, and although everyone knew it would happen sooner or later, the NBA approved the sale last night.
Today, Pistons fans can celebrate a new and exciting, if not scary future, under Gores. And make no mistake, it was hard work sticking with this team the last couple of years.
The sale was difficult on everyone. Someone even lost his life during, and perhaps in part because of, the process. In context, all the other problems were more trivial, but they were just as real.
- Joe Dumars couldn’t operate as freely as he once did.
- John Kuester couldn’t receive a strong, public show of support from the organization, or should I call it the disorganization. And if that wasn’t coming regardless, he couldn’t be put out of his misery, either.
- Richard Hamilton couldn’t get bought out or traded for a larger contract.
And fans, seeing all these difficulties turn their team into a bottom feeder, steadily abandoned it. Attendance at The Palace has dwindled, and I’m sure merchandise sales, television viewership and general interest has, too.
Thankfully, the Pistons can begin trying to fix all those problems. A turnaround won’t be quick. The franchise was neglected for too long for that to happen.
But, day by day, Gores and his people can take steps. That likely starts with firing Kuester soon, and Dumars can probably get more aggressive about trading Hamilton. Neither move will solve everything, but they’ll help.
Today, we celebrate. Tomorrow, we learn. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:
Gores and his team arrived very early this morning. Looks like an announcement could be coming soon with a news conference tomorrow.
The news conference will just be another event to anticipate. We’ve started to read about Gores’ background, but there’s still so much more to learn about him.
Gores could be a worse owner than Karen Davidson. There are no guarantees.
Actually, there’s one guarantee: Tom Gores owns the Detroit Pistons. And even like a paycheck doesn’t mean the work is finished, this guarantee makes me smile, too.