Tom Gores consulting former Knicks president Dave Checketts, Joe Dumars still lead basketball decision-maker

Marc Stein of ESPN:

Former New York Knicks president Dave Checketts is serving as a basketball consultant to new Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores, according to sources close to the situation.

The news of Checketts’ involvement coincides with former Knicks great Patrick Ewing’s emergence late last week as a candidate for the Pistons’ coaching vacancy.

Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars continues to serve as Detroit’s lead basketball decision-maker, with Gores announcing when he officially took control of the franchise earlier this month that "we’re going to lean on [Dumars] pretty heavily."

Yet sources said that Gores is also taking a level of input from Checketts, who headed up New York’s management structure when the Knicks were built around Ewing.

Checketts served as president and general manager with the Utah Jazz before his time with the Knicks, during which he ultimately rose to president and chief executive officer of Madison Square Garden.

This certainly makes the surprising decision to interview Patrick Ewing a lot more understandable.

Checketts will consult Gores only in the short term, according to Matt Dery. I have a slight concern about Checketts and Dumars stepping on each other’s toes, but that would be much more worrisome if Checketts were to be around long term. It’s Tom Gores’ responsibility to ensure Dumars and Checketts work smoothly together however long this arrangement lasts.

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