Friday, May 3rd, 2013 at 11:30 am  |  5 responses

Phil Jackson to Advise Detroit Pistons on New Head Coach

Incredibly, Phil Jackson will work as unpaid adviser to Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores and GM Dumars as they look for Lawrence Frank’s replacement. Per the team website: “Phil Jackson is a friend and one of the best minds in the business,’ Gores said. ‘We are thrilled to have him as an adviser as we make some very important decisions for this franchise. Joe (Dumars) and I discussed this and he and I are in full agreement that this is a great opportunity.’ A spokesman for Gores indicated that this is an advisory role and not a formal position inside the Pistons organization. Joe Dumars, president of basketball operations, said he welcomes Jackson’s input. ‘Tom and I discussed using a consultant as part of our decision-making process in our search for a head coach and we feel that Phil Jackson is a great resource to use,’ Dumars said. ‘I look forward to talking with Phil next week.’ [...] ‘Phil Jackson and Tom Gores are friends,’ said Mark Barnhill, a partner in Platinum Equity, Gores’ California-based private equity firm. ‘Based on that relationship, Phil has agreed to provide advice and counsel on the coaching search and immediate basketball needs. He will be in Detroit next week as a resource to Joe Dumars, who is leading the search. Phil’s role is to advise Joe, Tom and the ownership team, not to assume a formal position inside the Pistons organization,’ Barnhill said.”

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  • shockexchange

    Phil is going to try and convince a quality to coach to take an “opportunity” Phil doesn’t want. That’s a slap in the face son.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    i will say this to the day i die..if pjax was on the sidelines or at least advising..no way mamba would have gotten hurt! period!

  • LakeShow

    Bull sh*t.
    You have NO CLUE what would occur.
    It could have been a worse injury under PJ for all we know.
    Kobe said himself it would have been the same with Phil, because he use to do the same thing with him as he did with D’Antoni. (make him keep him in the tight games)

  • spit hot fiyah

    what?! so why did shaq get hurt like every year phil was on the sideline if he has sort of power or influence to stop injuries?

  • Jake Richards

    It can be a great option to bring up the team.
    us http://www.priceperhead.com/