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Tom Gores on Joe Dumars and Lawrence Frank: ‘We’re going to do this very, very quickly, but thoroughly’

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“We’re assessing everything fast,” Gores said when asked if he had a timeline in mind for decisions on the futures of team leadership. “It’s a very important time, a critical time for the franchise. We’re fortunate enough to have a good young group of people, so we’ll do it fast, like we did when we came in and bought the team. We’re going to do this very, very quickly, but thoroughly.”

Gores said he met with president of basketball operations Joe Dumars and head coach Lawrence Frank on Sunday.

“I expected better results,” he said. “I met with Joe and Lawrence yesterday and let them know that. They’re great guys that know their business, but I’m here assessing everything. My job is to move this franchise forward.”

Asked about the job status of Dumars and Frank, Gores said, “We’re assessing it right now. Both of them, including ownership, has to be accountable for the year.

Gores said any decision on Frank’s future would involve his input.

“It’ll be a discussion,” he said. “I have to be involved because I’m taking care of this franchise. There’s no doubt I have to be involved. Lawrence is a tremendous guy, but I have to really think about this franchise and what the best thing is.”

Reading the tea leaves, it sounds like at least one of Lawrence Frank and Joe Dumars will be gone. This was a perfect opportunity for Gores to give a vote of confidence in the pair, and he didn’t do that. I don’t see how he can avoid declaring his faith in them, say “My job is to move this franchise forward” and then bring back both.

And my goodness, if “Lawrence is a tremendous guy,” isn’t the biggest kiss of death since when Gores bought the team and spoke about John Kuester,* I don’t know what is.

*Asked about Kuester’s future with the Pistons, Gores indicated it may be limited to one more task.

“I haven’t had a meeting with Coach Kuester,” said Gores, who pronounced the coach’s name, Kooster. “I need to provide him the courtesy of that meeting.”

By all accounts, Gores has been very involved in the franchise’s operations. He doesn’t need to fly in to learn about how the team is run. It sounds like he already knows what he’ll do and is waiting for the right time to do it.

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