As for his next move, Checketts still has his sights set on the NBA. Asked if he would return to basketball, the former New York Knick and Utah Jazz executive, said: “Some day, yes.”
Recently, Checketts caused a stir when it was learned that he had been hired as an adviser to Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores. Checketts said Wednesday that the employment was short-term and will end shortly.
“People can say whatever they want,” he said. “Tom Gores is a friend of mine. He just asked me to take a look at the organization. It probably cost me three days. I know everybody wants me to get this concluded, but we’re working diligently in that direction.”
To clarify, I’m pretty sure that stir was in St. Louis, where Checketts works as the chairman of the St. Louis Blues. The Blues are for sale, and that’s what everybody wants to get concluded.
But I think the sentiment also applies here. Although I had no problem with Checketts temporarily aiding Tom Gores, if Checketts overstays his welcome, that would cause too much friction between him and Joe Dumars. I’m glad to hear Checketts’ three-or-so days with the Pistons will conclude soon.