It looks like Stan Van Gundy is adding another basketball mind to Detroit’s front office.
According to Vince Ellis at the Free Press, former Wake Forest Director of Men’s Basketball Operations Jeff Nix will join the front office as an Assistant General Manager.
Source: Stan Van Gundy has agreement with Jeff Nix to become an assistant GM. #Pistons
— Vincent Ellis (@Vincent_Ellis56) August 7, 2014
Before heading back to the collegiate level in 2011, Nix spent 15 years in the New York Knicks organization. During that time he served as an assistant coach for 8 years under Don Nelson, Pat Riley, and Jeff Van Gundy.
He also served as an Assistant General Manager for the Knicks from 2000-2005 and as the director of scouting from 2005-2007.
Nix’s 15 years in the NBA came to a screeching halt though in 2007, when he testified against then Knicks President Isiah Thomas in a sexual harassment case.
Nix told Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski in 2009, that sense that point — nobody wanted to answer emails or calls in regards to him coaching again at the NBA level.
“I guess the most disappointing thing is seeing all the people that I really knew and trusted, and thought I had a good relationship with, just putting me so far in their rear-view mirror,” Nix said the other day from his home just outside South Bend, Ind. “But do I regret what I did? Do I regret telling the truth? No, I’ve never second-guessed myself on anything. I knew what the consequences would be, and I can live with it.”
Nix left the Wake Forest program after former head coach Jeff Bzdelik resigned in March.
There is no doubt that he brings a wealth of experience to the Pistons front office and will play a diverse role as an Assistant General Manager.
Nix also spent 13 years as a collegiate assistant coach, which included four seasons under Digger Phelps at Notre Dame.
In his time in New York, Nix also worked under legendary coaches Lenny Wilkens and Larry Brown.