Apr 26, 2013, 4:04 PM EDT
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.
“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.