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It’s official: Pistons hire Jeff Bower as general manager

Jun 3, 2014, 5:57 PM EDT

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Jeff Bower is well respected in NBA circles — people liked working with him when he was the general manager of the New Orleans Hornets. His Hornets made some great draft picks — Chris Paul, David West, Baron Davis — as well as head-scratching decisions, although how much of that was on him and how much was on the George Shinn ownership group is up for debate.

Most recently, Bower was the coach at Marist college.

Bower has gotten other chance in the big chair. The Pistons have made official what had been reported for days, Bower is the new GM of the Pistons, working under team president and coach Stan Van Gundy.

“I’m pleased to welcome Jeff Bower to the Detroit Pistons organization,” Van Gundy said in a statement. “Jeff brings great basketball knowledge and NBA experience to our organization and he’s enjoyed success in building teams. He’s a great evaluator of talent and Jeff will bring solid leadership to our front office.”

“I’m excited to join the Pistons organization and play a role in helping this franchise build on its great basketball tradition,” Bower said in his statement. “I look forward to working with Stan, his staff and everyone in the Pistons organization to put together a team that the community can support and be proud of. I’m also excited about ownership’s commitment to winning and their demonstrated commitment to the community.”

This is a good hire. Van Gundy is the one making the calls but he needs someone with good contacts around the league, someone with a good eye for drafting and talent, someone he can trust.

Bower will get that chance.

  1. antistratfordian - Jun 3, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    He looks like a bald SVG.

    • jimeejohnson - Jun 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      If he got the Stan Tan Gundy tan, he’d be like a twin brother.

  2. sportsfan18 - Jun 3, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Cushy gig…

    Just be polite, call people back timely, heck you don’t even have to push or have an edge when dealing with other teams because they all KNOW that Stan has the final say.

    If things don’t work out for the team, folks KNOW that Stan had the final say and you were just a high paid paper pusher.

    I mean the pressure of being a G.M. has been removed in this position as it resides with Stan.

    Yes, the man will have to work and work hard don’t get me wrong.

  3. whodey83 - Jun 3, 2014 at 11:37 PM

    Tan Van Gundy?

    • sportsfan18 - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:43 PM

      not for much longer… Detroit isn’t very sunny, warm, bright or any other nice adjective either…

      • desbattle82 - Jun 6, 2014 at 11:14 PM

        Lol

  4. weaselpuppy - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    his first phone call better be to Chandler Parsons’ agent….conference call with TVG of course…

    • philliesblow - Jun 4, 2014 at 7:40 AM

      Yeah, because over paying to get a free agent to come to the D has worked so well recently (cough Ben Gordon, cough Charlie V, cough gag cough Josh Smith).

  5. bostonfrogs - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:45 AM

    Here’s hoping Bower will have a better work ethic than the guy moderating user comments for this article. 5 comments in 7 hours? Lol.

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