Although the Pistons probably could have used one, shooting guard Ben Gordon said owner Tom Gores’ message to the team following Tuesday’s marathon practice wasn’t a pep talk.
Gores, who will be on hand tonight for the first home game since he bought the team, addressed the players at the request of coach Lawrence Frank, in the wake of Monday’s season-opening thumping at Indiana.
"He’s just a normal guy," Gordon said. "He wants us to go out there and take our jobs serious every day, and he told us great things can happen.
"He says he’s a kid from Flint that worked hard and was consistent with his work every day, and that’s the same thing that he wants us to do. He made it very clear that he’s here to support us, and we’re all in this together."
Insert Patrick’s assertion that Tom Gores is from Genesee, not Flint. To be fair, a kid from Genesee who worked hard has meaning, too. It’s just a different story.
Anyway, it’s interesting to see how hands on Gores is being. Speaking to his players after a practice is far from excessive, and I’m curious whether this will be a regular occurrence or saved for special occasions.