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Pistons Introduce Bower As New GM

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NEW ORLEANS - JUNE 25: Jeff Bower, general manager of the New Orleans Hornets speaks to the media after selecting Darren Collison in the 2009 NBA Draft on June 25, 2009 at the Alerio Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

NEW ORLEANS – JUNE 25: Jeff Bower, general manager of the New Orleans Hornets speaks to the media after selecting Darren Collison in the 2009 NBA Draft on June 25, 2009 at the Alerio Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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NOAH TRISTER, AP Sports Writer

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Stan Van Gundy wants personnel decisions to be a collaborative process for Detroit’s new front office.

The Pistons introduced general manager Jeff Bower on Wednesday, and he’ll be working with Van Gundy as the Pistons try to take a step forward after missing the playoffs the last five seasons. Van Gundy was hired last month as Detroit’s coach and team president, so he’ll have control on both the coaching and management sides.

While introducing Bower, Van Gundy said too much is made of who has the final say on personnel matters. He says he expects he and Bower will be able to work together and make decisions.

Bower was the coach at Marist College last season. He’s been a general manager and coach in the NBA with New Orleans.

(© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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