There are plenty of eccentric owners that exist in the NBA. There’s Mark Cuban for example, who always seems to find himself in troubled waters with the NBA front office due to his frustration towards league officiating.
On the complete opposite end of the spectrum is Detroit Pistons team owner Tom Gores. Since purchasing the Pistons in 2011, Gores is sparingly seen at the Palace of Auburn Hills and rarely makes himself available for comments to the media.
However, Gores spoke to Booth Newspapers recently and gave his thoughts on why he thinks his team has underachieved thus far. “We’re focused on how to make our players the best they can be, but I don’t think we’ve done our best of making sure of that,” Gores said.
It’s clear that Gores is pointing the team’s blame toward the coaching staff led by Maurice Cheeks and general manager Joe Dumars. With the amount of talent that the Pistons have, it’s easy to make the argument that they should be better than 19-27. But, at some point, the players should take the blame for not showing up some nights against inferior opponents and blowing second-half leads on a frequent basis.
He later stated in the interview that he’s patient with the very young roster that the team possesses, but will “make adjustments if we have to make adjustments.”
While this is in no way a threat, it’s still great to hear an owner voice his concern and call for change if things continue to go on the decline for Detroit.