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Dan Gilbert owns the Cavaliers, but he’s still telling the Pistons how to operate

Apr 26, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT

File photo of Quicken Loans founder Gilbert addressing the audience during a news conference in Detroit

Dan Gilbert doesn’t just tell LeBron James how to handle his business. The Cavaliers owner also tells Pistons owner Tom Gores how to handle his.

Gilbert – again – has publically suggested the Pistons should move from the suburb of Auburn Hills to downtown Detroit.  Gilbert, via Mike Wilkinson of The Detroit News:

“Let’s face it, (arenas) don’t belong in a farm field in the suburbs.”

Gilbert has business interest in downtown Detroit, and while he’s done good things for the city, it’s an easy to see ulterior motive. A new downtown arena would be good for his business.

It wouldn’t be quite so good for the citizens of cash-strapped Detroit, who would almost certainly have to foot the bill. The Palace is privately owned, and Gores has invested in upgrading the arena.

When The Palace becomes obsolete, a downtown arena might make sense, but right now, Gilbert should butt out.

  1. 1972wasalongtimeago - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Too easy. I’ll pass.

  2. jamesfield74 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:43 PM

    Gilbert bought, or in process of buying, Greek Town in Detroit. The Pistons being there, or nearer, would benefit the casino. Gilbert may have selfish intentions but he isn’t incorrect.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      maybe you should help Gilbert pay to build the
      arena and spare tax payers in Detroit.

      • andrewproughcfe - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:16 PM

        The owner of the Cavs having a significant financial interest in the success of the Pistons? I’m sure someone would be able to analyze how much more he would make if the Pistons were in the Finals. This sounds like a very bad idea.

  3. ryanprzy - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    But they SHOULD move the Pistons back downtown. It only makes sense.

    Nothing against The Palace because it’s a teriffic venue, and Auburn Hills is a very nice place, but it would be so much better for the team and the city if we could get the Pistons to come back to Detroit.

    So yeah I agree with Gilbert, but I also agree that it isn’t really his spot to tell another NBA team owner how to operate. Then again, maybe he has a personal agenda: I know he uses Pistons tickets as incentives for his employees at Quicken Loans in Detroit. And maybe those tickets would make even BETTER incentives if they were just a skip away from Quicken’s headquarters (I think it’s the Compuware building).

    • tontoepstein - Apr 27, 2013 at 5:40 AM

      You’re joking, right? Yes, that’s why he’s putting his self-serving honker where it doesn’t belong, because he wants to make his lousy spiffs located in an arena’s upper bowl go farther as an incentive to the phone jockeys he’s got pushing fraudulent mortgages upon people.

      Righto.

  4. mazblast - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    Here’s a suggestion, Danny Boy–trade your franchise for Detroit’s, then build a downtown arena yourself. If you’re not willing to do that, then shut your piehole, you don’t get a freaking vote.

  5. kpow55 - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    Eventually? maybe? but not today.

    Tigers and Redwings downtown work because they win and people will go. Lions don’t count because the NFL is insanely popular and people will follow them anywhere.

    The Pistons need to be consistently above .500 if they really expect people to drive downtown and see them.

    It all comes down to how committed the owner is. Clearly it wont be built off the tax base of a bankrupt city. If he knows that he will put in the money to get the players needed to win, he knows attendance will go up and he’s in it for the long haul. (lakers, mavericks, heat, spurs)

    If he’s into running it for pure profit and passing it on to the next guy, they aren’t moving anywhere. (suns, kings, wizards, bobcats)

  6. badintent - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    Tell you what Danny boy, you moved to Detroit and live in one of the thousands of burnt out houses(Devils’s night). Or buy them all up and demolish them then bulid Quickens national headquarters in downtown. Actions talk much louder than words. You did learn that from the LBJ moveout ??Eh ?

    • weaselpuppy - Apr 27, 2013 at 1:37 AM

      yeah well, he did build his HQ downtown….actions, not words on a website…

  7. losanginsight - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    Detroit is still a city? Dan must have shelled out $150 to buy Greek town

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