Friday, May 3, 2013

Can Phil Help Fix The Pistons? Or Is This...Basketball Impossible?

The Detroit Pistons have a head coaching vacancy. This news comes about every couple of years. Joe Dumars and his staff hire a head coach; he leads them to two miserable seasons, and then is fired. It’s a vicious cycle that has led to the Pistons becoming the laughing stock of professional sports in the state of Michigan. Heck, people get more excited about the Lions nowadays…

New owner Tom Gores is aiming to change all of that. Instead of continuing to give Joe Dumars complete control over the search for a new head coach, Gores has hired 11 time World Champion head coach Phil Jackson as an adviser with the Pistons. Jackson’s main priority will be to assist Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars in his search for a head coach.

This is a fantastic move on Gores part. Dumars has shown that he has a lack of judgment when it comes to head coaches (Michael Curry, John Kuester, and Lawrence Frank for example). Sure, Dumars was the architect of the 2004 World Championship team, but the NBA is a “what have you done for me lately” type of league. All the Pistons have been doing lately is acting as a revolving door for head coaches. Jackson will be able to bring his wisdom and expertise to the Pistons and help put them back on the path to success.

Bringing Phil Jackson on board shows that Gores is fed up with the way things have been with the Pistons. He wants to build a winner in Detroit. To help do that, he’s enlisted the help of one of the greatest winners in NBA history.

Let’s hope the “Zen Master” is up to the task…

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