May 2, 2013, 10:51 PM EDT
Phil Jackson is not going to be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons.
But he’s going to help pick the guy that is.
That according to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News.
Dumars: "Tom and I discussed using a consultant as part of our decision-making process in our search for a head coach"—
Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) May 03, 2013
Dumars: "we feel that Phil Jackson is a great resource to use. I look forward to talking with Phil next week.”—
Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) May 03, 2013
Jackson has wanted a team president or consultant role with a team (like Jerry West with the Warriors or Pat Riley with Heat). This could be a step that direction — not necessarily with the Pistons, Goodwill says there are no plans to remove Dumars from his role. The Pistons could recommend Jackson’s services to other teams that may have interest.
As Goodwill noted, Gores used Dave Checketts as a consultant when they hired Lawrence Frank. Hopefully this search goes a little better for Detroit.
The Pistons first move was to interview Nate McMillan, he met with both team president Joe Dumars and owner Tom Gores. But it was after that the news came out they would interview some of the top assistants out there — Brian Shaw of the Pacers, Kelvin Sampson of the Rockets and Miami assistant David Fizdale — as well as about-to-be-fired Suns coach Lindsay Hunter.
Jackson certainly has ties to Shaw, his lead assistant with the Lakers.
But more than that, Jackson can provide the kind of big-picture vision here the Pistons need. There are assets in Detroit — they have a potential monster front line with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, something they can build around.
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