Tom Gores came across as a normal guy. He was a little nervous. He seemed genuine while describing his life story and his desire to own the Pistons.
Gores came across like the guy you’d enjoy a couple glasses of red wine and spinach dip with at Merrill 220 in downtown Birmingham. Who knows? You might see him there one day. He’s a Michigan man who understands what the Pistons need and what this community desires.
He admits his shortcomings. He is not a professor of the NBA yet. That is one reason he will keep team president Joe Dumars and lean on him for his basketball knowledge. He said over and over that Dumars is his guy.
It looks like Coach John Kuester is not his guy, though. Gores said a quick decision will be made on Kuester’s future after they meet.
“I need to provide the courtesy of that meeting,” Gores said. “We are going to lay out our culture and what we expect. We will make that decision rather quickly. Coach Kuester deserves a meeting. We are going to do that fast.”
I know many Pistons fans wanted Mike Ilitch to take over this franchise. But his plate is filled with the Tigers and Red Wings. He would not have been able to devote enough time and energy to this franchise. The Pistons need help. The franchise does not need someone’s divided attention.