Mar 28, 2014; Auburn Hills, MI, USA; Detroit Pistons former player Isaiah Thomas addresses the crowd during a half-time celebration for the 1989 NBA championship team at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Despite Changes, Ownership wants Bad Boys Involved

There were a lot of changes to the front office and coaching staff last week. Some of those decisions made by Stan Van Gundy have created some scuttlebutt.

New Assistant General Manager Jeff Nix testified against Pistons legend Isiah Thomas in a sexual harassment case in 2007 during his time as Knicks president.

As our own Dan Feldman wrote in the Detroit Free Press on Friday, the hiring of Nix creates a possible roadblock of the re-emergence of Thomas as minority owner and figure in the Pistons future.

According to Free Press reporter Vince Ellis, the Nix hire should have no effect on whether Thomas will eventually become an owner. Ellis also believes that Thomas’ ownership stake is still on the table.

No matter who has minority ownership in the franchise, it’s clear that Stan Van Gundy will make all the decisions in relation to team management.

Still, Tom Gores and company are interested in involving the Pistons past, while giving Van Gundy all the power to make the decisions needed for a successful future.

According to Ellis, team ownership still wants to get members of the Bad Boys involved with the franchise through ownership and roles outside of decision making.

The key down the road for Tom Gores is to make sure that he continues to separate the history of the organization from the plan he bought into when he hired Stan Van Gundy.

At the same time, no matter what their role is — it’s always nice to have players of the past representing the organization.

It will be interesting to see what players really could get involved in an ownership type role. I’d love to see Vinnie Johnson as more of a spokesperson though for the Pistons than an owner.

He is the perfect type of player that can bridge the gap between the glory days of success and the future Stan Van Gundy is building in Detroit.

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