As long as it isn’t as the head coach or general manager of the team, I think most Pistons fans would be quite alright with former Bad Boys point guard Isiah Thomas returning to the organization in some capacity. I don’t think many seen it coming though as a minority owner of the franchise.
According to the Detroit New’s Vincent Goodwill, it’s not a major piece of the pie, but it isn’t a “ceremonial” piece either. Goodwill says the talks began when Gores and Thomas met at the Bad Boys reunion at the Palace near the end of the season.
The discussions began after Joe Dumars stepped down as the team’s president. Although Pistons owner Tom Gores targeted Stan Van Gundy to become the coach and president of basketball operations, he still wanted to partner with Thomas in some fashion.
Not only does this move show that the Pistons have moved on passed any transgressions they once held, but it proves that more and more people are buying into the direction the Pistons franchise is quickly moving towards. Stan Van Gundy and Tom Gores talked at length yesterday about how important it is to have the right guys in place throughout the whole organization.
When it comes to Detroit Pistons basketball, it doesn’t get much better than Isiah Thomas.
Just don’t tell Adrian Dantley. He might laugh to hard that his former teammate that he refers to as a conman got his way again with Pistons ownership.
The move would need to be approved by the NBA and the principle ownership group, but Thomas brings another connection to the Michigan community to the forefront.
On Wednesday Thomas endorsed the hiring of Stan Van Gundy as head coach and team president. He told The Detroit News’ Terry Foster that Tom Gores and company asked him what they though about Van Gundy.
“I spoke with Tom and Mark about Van Gundy, and I think he is a great hire,” Thomas said. “And I think he will do great things for the Pistons. He understands our philosophy and he understands our culture.”
The Pistons know they can never have two many good cards in the deck. It looks like SVG’s vision of a franchise synergy is starting to come together around the edges really quickly.