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Jackson to advise Dumars in Pistons search

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07:03 AM ET 05.03 | Detroit may be Hockeytown, but the Pistons stole some of the NHL team's thunder in Motown Thursday night. One of the biggest names in the sports world is coming to town to help with the Pistons coaching search. Phil Jackson, who has won 11 championship rings as a coach, will assist the organization in hiring its eighth coach in 14 seasons. The Pistons made the announcement Friday night on their Web site and what started as casual conversations between Pistons owner Tom Gores and Jackson turned into an eye-opening move for the Pistons. "The more conversations evolved, Tom realized he would be a good resource in an advisory capacity," Platinum Equity spokesman Mark Barnhill told the Free Press.

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May 3, 2013  08:21 AM ET

thats way too many coaches for that organization. 8 in 14 years? Crazy.

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May 3, 2013  08:41 AM ET

If Dumars needs "advising" after all these years as a GM, how is he still keeping his job?
Pistons should start with PJ advising them to find a suitable GM first, and then a coach...and then a system...and some players. Basically give him that job LOL.

May 3, 2013  08:41 AM ET

I think he has already offered his advice. Phil: Yeah I will advise your ownership, but I will not coach or put my name as an actual employee to your pathetic franchise.

May 3, 2013  08:51 AM ET

Wow, is this what he means by still having somekind of NBA related management job? Will Phil be an advisor for all NBA teams? His former team might need his advise a lot more. Maybe this also a shot at Jim Buss which will make it harder for Phil to join the Lakers management. Just make sure not to amnesty Kobe.

May 3, 2013  08:57 AM ET
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If Dumars needs "advising" after all these years as a GM, how is he still keeping his job?Pistons should start with PJ advising them to find a suitable GM first, and then a coach...and then a system...and some players. Basically give him that job LOL.

So building a team into a champion and the only team to ever go to 6 consecutive conference finals is not a suitable GM? Mind you Detroit is not a major market team and no one is glamouring to come here so that makes that even better. Joe has made many bad decisions but he also has found away to right most of them. Now as far a picking a coach he has made some bad decisions but heck the last coach we had was picked by a consultant....Im not saying he gets a pass but I will say he deserves a chance.

May 3, 2013  09:21 AM ET
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So building a team into a champion and the only team to ever go to 6 consecutive conference finals is not a suitable GM? Mind you Detroit is not a major market team and no one is glamouring to come here so that makes that even better. Joe has made many bad decisions but he also has found away to right most of them. Now as far a picking a coach he has made some bad decisions but heck the last coach we had was picked by a consultant....Im not saying he gets a pass but I will say he deserves a chance.

that was like 6-7 years ago, Detroit need a change in the management

May 3, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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Yikes.That, though is a nice role for Phil.....an advisorary role

Probably pockets a million or so to say to Detroit hey hire one of my old assistants....

May 3, 2013  09:42 AM ET
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Probably pockets a million or so to say to Detroit hey hire one of my old assistants....

Apparently the role is "unpaid"

http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/9237654/phil-jackson-help-detroit-piston s-find-next-head-coach

But who knows, maybe the payment will be some form other than cash :P

May 3, 2013  09:43 AM ET
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Apparently the role is "unpaid"http://espn.go.com/nba/story/_/id/9237654/phil-jackson-help-detroi t-piston s-find-next-head-coachBut who knows, maybe the payment will be some form other than cash :P

Quid Pro Quo....? LMFAO

May 3, 2013  09:46 AM ET

Darko Was The Beginning Of The End, Bro.

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May 3, 2013  10:45 AM ET
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that was like 6-7 years ago, Detroit need a change in the management

Why? Lets see for over 3 years his hands were tied because of the sell of the team and the former owner did not want him making any moves. Joe has been a savy GM and made some good moves. There is no reason he can not get another shot at building this team back up..

May 3, 2013  10:53 AM ET
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part of being a gm is hiring a caoch- on that note alone he has failed the franchise- he's made a couple good draft picks in the last 10 years.that is all he has done well-he needs to go

Ok since you said it I guess its true....and what GM would you bring in? Im sure he has better credentials

May 3, 2013  01:07 PM ET

JD better start clearing out your desk.

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May 3, 2013  02:04 PM ET

Am I the only one who finds it funny that Phil Jackson is helping the Pistons in any capacity? The same Phil Jackson who coached the arch-rival Bulls in the early late 80's and early 90's? Man those were some good ol' smash mouth games back in the day. Lambieer vs the world lol

May 3, 2013  03:07 PM ET
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Don't get offended. But tell me what exactly has Joe done since the championship other than drafting Monroe and drummond?Horrible FA moves, no trades that upgraded you, We discussed the coaching carousel I'm open to you finding something that he has done well

Never offended my friend. But to answer your question. Joe hands were tied from making any moves during the sell of the team which took 3 years. Now some may say that trading Billups for an expiring contract of AI was a bad thing but I beg to differ. CB was not playing inspired ball for us anymore and a change was due and it cleared up 21 million (now I know Joe made the dummy move to give it to CV and BG). Since the change of ownership Joe has traded the contract of Gordon and Prince freeing up cap space. The hiring of Frank was not Joe idea it was the owner wanting him Joe actually wanted the guy coaching your team. If you really think about it he has put this team in a good situation of young talent and cap space. Now Im not trying to hold on to him forever but I do believe he deserves this coming year. I just do not see a better option than a guy who has proven he can make it happen.

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May 3, 2013  07:26 PM ET

he is going to speak at my retirement ceremony.

and my friend's daughter's kinsenyeta.

like a rent-a-phil

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