Jeff Bower has officially been named as the new General Manager of the Detroit Pistons. Bower, who spent 15 years in the Charlotte/New Orleans organization, returns to the NBA after a brief hiatus from the league. After one year as the head coach of Marist College, Bower finds himself back in the fold as a general manager.
He took over the post for the Hornets for the 2002-03 season and then again from 2005-2010.
Pistons President Stan Van Gundy said in an official team release, that he is excited to work with a long time friend in this business.
“I’m pleased to welcome Jeff Bower to the Detroit Pistons organization,” said Van Gundy. “Jeff brings great basketball knowledge and NBA experience to our organization and he’s enjoyed success in building teams. He’s a great evaluator of talent and Jeff will bring solid leadership to our front office.”
Though all personnel decisions are finalized by Van Gundy, Bower will still play a role in decision making. Bower has over thirty years of experience in the NBA, in many different facets of the game. He says that he is ready for the new role he is about to experience in Detroit.
“I’m excited to join the Pistons organization and play a role in helping this franchise build on its great basketball tradition,” said Bower. “I look forward to working with Stan, his staff and everyone in the Pistons organization to put together a team that the community can support and be proud of. I’m also excited about ownership’s commitment to winning and their demonstrated commitment to the community.”
Bower will be introduced to the local media tomorrow morning at 11:30 AM ET. We will bring you the best of sound bites from the news conference tomorrow afternoon.
Per team policy, details of the contract were not released.
Van Gundy had set a deadline of July 1st to hire the next Pistons General Manager.