Two names coming up with increasing frequency for Pistons’ front-office opening: Ex-New Orleans GM Jeff Bower and San Antonio’s Scott Layden
Good luck finding someone who doesn’t like Layden personally, and the Spurs respecting him enough professionally to put him in their front office should be telling. So, those are two positives. But his record with the Knicks was so abysmal, I can’t get over it.
Bower is a close friend of Jeff Van Gundy, because of course. I actually like Bower, and of the known candidates, he’s probably my favorite. As general manager and coach at different points, he helped the New Orleans Hornets grow with Chris Paul, though there were missteps along the way. When Marist hired him in his current role as its head coach, Stan Van Gundy offered his thoughts:
Jeff is a great basketball guy. He was as knowledgeable at what he did as anyone in the NBA, and a tremendous talent evaluator. He’s a great coach who I think players will love playing for. The kids who decide to play at Marist will have a tremendous advantage because Jeff knows what it takes to be a great player. He’s been around the best of the best.