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Stu Jackson to interview for general manager opening

His name has been floated around as a potential candidate for the opening general manager job here in Detroit. Now Stu Jackson will have his chance to be heard.

According to Comcast Sportsnet’s Chris Haynes, the former Vancouver Grizzlies and New York Knicks head coach will interview with Stan Van Gundy after the holiday weekend for Detroit’s open General Manager position.

Haynes still believes that former Orlando GM Otis Smith is still the front runner for the position and that Van Gundy is also expected to interview San Antonio assistant General Manager Scott Leyden.

Jackson has a vast variety of experience on his resume, including a stint as the head coach of the Wisconsin Badgers. It was there where he met current Pistons coach and president Stan Van Gundy, who worked as an assistant on his staff for the two seasons Jackson was in Madison.

Jackson stepped down from the NBA front office after serving thirteen years as the executive vice president of basketball operations in August of 2013.

He was also the first person hired by the Vancouver Grizzlies, and served as the general manager of the franchise from 1994-2000. Though he has been often criticized for the job he did there, he could be a good fit in Detroit with zero power on the roster decisions made in Detroit.

Jackson would more than likely be a figurehead and voice for Van Gundy to sound off of to on when it comes to the daily operations of the roster and franchise itself.

Many people question the interview, due to Jackson’s horrendous past in Vancouver.

Jackson is a good front office fit though when it comes to executing the daily duties needed to maintain success. He would do great in a role that involves dealing with contracts, paper work, talking with player agents and other needs for Stan Van Gundy, as long as they don’t involve decision making on the roster.

We’ll break down Stu Jackson as a candidate throughout next week.

Jackson has worked as a rules analyst on NBA TV since December 2013.

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