Detroit Pistons hire Gregg Polinsky to front office role

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The Detroit Pistons add a new member to the front office. According to reports, they’ve hired Greg Polinsky.

Owner Tom Gores and senior adviser Ed Stefanski continue to re-tool the Detroit Pistons front office. Today they hired Gregg Polinsky as the team’s new Director of Player Personnel.

Adrian Wojnarowski reports that he will be taking on a larger role with the Pistons. What does that exactly mean? Well, Detroit still doesn’t have a general manager or a President of basketball operations.

It’s very possible Polinsky could be taking on either of those positions along with being in charge of personnel.

He’s had a long-standing career as both a scout and a coach. Here’s what you need to know about the newest member of the Detroit Pistons.

Background on Polinsky

Before getting into the scouting business, Polinsky was a coach. His coaching career started back in 1981 as an assistant at the university of Howard. He went on to be an assistant at Texas and Alabama before becoming a head coach at the University of Georgia Southern.

Polinsky was just 34-76 as the head coach. In 1999, he became a scout for the Brooklyn Nets when they were still in New Jersey. In 2004, he became, the team’s director of scouting. Polinsky then became the Director of Player Personnel.

As stated above, Polinsky worked directly with Stefanski within the Nets organization. He did well through a lot of turnover towards the end of his time in Brooklyn.

With Polinsky, the Nets were able to find some great talent. Richard Jefferson is one of those players. Jefferson was apart of some really good teams in New Jersey.

Brook Lopez is another guy that was found by the Nets while Polinsky was a scout.

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