Phil Jackson Joins Pistons In Search For Next Head Coach

AUBURN HILLS (97.1 THE TICKET) – The Detroit Pistons organization has hired Phil Jackson to serve as an adviser in the search for a new head coach.

Jackson will work with owner, Tom Gores and president of basketball operations Joe Dumars.

The Pistons’ website notes that Gores and Dumars are looking forward to Jackson’s input in the search.

The role appears to be a temporary position within the organization and lists Dumars as the lead on the new coaching hire.

Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars announced in April that Lawrence Frank would not return as the team’s head coach.

“We thank Lawrence for his hard work and dedication, but we feel it is in the best interest of the franchise to make a change at this time,” said Dumars. “Decisions like this are never easy and we wish Lawrence well in the future.”

Frank, who was named head coach on August 3, 2011, tallied a regular-season record of 54-94 (.365) in two seasons with the Pistons.

Gores told reporters just after buying the team that he was excited about the future for the Detroit Pistons.

“I want Detroit to be an exciting place to be and I think we have the beginnings of that because in Detroit we have some of the best people in the world,” said Gores.

Gores told reporters it’s not just about the team – he’s ready to help in Detroit’s comeback.

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    […] Now a desperate team looking to make some headlines hires Phil Jackson to help with the coaching sea…. Which means Gores does not trust Dumars to do it himself, and why should he? Since stepping into the Pistons front office prior to the 2000-01 season, Dumars has hired seven head coaches. None of them lasted much more than two seasons (save Flip Saunders). We can cut Dumars a break since it was the former Pistons owner who stepped in and fired Larry Brown but Dumars has consistently shown that he is unable to find the right guy to coach this team. So in desperation,  the Pistons hire Jackson to get a few headlines.  We complain for a day and the sad sack Pistons return to the land of the forgotten tomorrow. […]

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