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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 EST

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.

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