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Detroit Pistons name Jeff Bower GM

Jeff Bower is now Detroit's GM.
Jeff Bower is now Detroit's GM.
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The Detroit Pistons are Stan Van Gundy's team now. He's the head coach and the Presidents, and he answers only to owner Tom Gores. SVG is the leader of Detroit's basketball vision, but he can't do it all himself. While personnel decisions will ultimately be decided by Van Gundy, the team still needed a General Manager to do some general managing. Somebody to handle day-to-day operations. Today, the Pistons got their man, naming Jeff Bower as the new GM.

Van Gundy wanted somebody with some GM experience, and Bower provides that. He used to serve as the GM of the New Orleans Hornets, and even came in third for the NBA Executive of the Year award once. Bower had some successes, although drafting Chris Paul was a no brainer, and he also helped to keep the franchise stable during the Hurricane Katrina years. After the 2009-2010 season, Bower was removed from the position of GM, and had been serving as the head coach for Marist.

I like this hiring, because frankly the Pistons only needed somebody with experience and some degree of capability. Bower provides both of those things. I presume he will work well with SVG, because SVG personally selected him, so no worries there. Detroit's future still is reliant entirely on Van Gundy's decision making and coaching. Bower is only a piece of that puzzle, and not the biggest one.