Though it is a little unsettling for a team to not have a head coach or general manager in place, the Detroit Pistons have made it clear they will take their time with their decisions. A general manager is usually hired before a coach, and the Pistons don’t appear close to hiring a new GM. The thinking is that the new general manager will have his pick of the head coaches on the market and get “His guy.”
Some would argue that the general manager is the most important person in a sports franchise. The Pistons realize this, and are taking their time with this monumental decision. While names like Mike Zarren and Bryan Colangelo have been linked to the Pistons, the team may be waiting to talk to different personnel men from the playoff teams. Those teams are slowly being eliminated in a fascinating playoffs, which is widening the group of potential candidates.
So first off we’ve established the Pistons must get a GM. The first thing on the list for that person will be to go out and get a new coach. From Kevin Ollie to maybe Mark Jackson, the candidates are out there. The new general manager will need to find the right fit for the Pistons. A coach that can motivate the roster, and implement a winning system with the pieces the Pistons already have in place on a talented roster.
Once the coach is established, then the new general manager will be able to turn an eye to the draft, and turning over the Pistons weak spots on the roster. Easy to see the new general manager will have to hit the ground running.
It will be a busy summer with all sorts of front office, and roster moves for the Pistons, but right now patience and deliberateness is needed.
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