OT - Isiah Thomas to Pistons? Possible minority ownership interest

Submitted by BlueCube on May 16th, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Apparently the Pistons are in discussions with Isiah Thomas to make him a minority owner. The percentage has not been determined. As long as he stays far away from running the team this may be good from a public relations perspective. I hope that is the main purpose.


Detroit News Link



May 16th, 2014 at 12:02 PM ^

I don't think I've actually ever met a Pacers fan.

I assume you grew up on a farm and really like the fundamentals of defense.

You are probably tall and skinny.  And really nice.   A nice guy with a firm handshake.


May 27th, 2014 at 8:16 PM ^

But I did feel really short in high school because I'm only 5'11" and change.

I have not been accused of being really nice recently. (A long-time colleague did recently ask me, "wait a minute...are you nice?" after I made friends with a bar employee.)


May 16th, 2014 at 11:41 AM ^

Clearly, you guys didn't grow up in the bad boy era. If you had, you would have more respect for Zeke. He was the heart and soul of those Piston teams and I've never seen someone with a stronger will. Because of the way he played, what he did for the community and what he gave us Piston fans, he should forever be given respected. #doyourhomework


May 16th, 2014 at 11:46 AM ^

I grew up in the Bad Boy era and you are right that he was the person that on many levels made that team function both on and off the court, and he did do some great work in and around Detroit. Indeed, he was once in the television spots for the company that now employs me. That being said, I think his track record in other positions within the NBA says that while he was a great player, giving him a major role in basketball operations probably is not advisable - hopefully, if this did go through, he'd be mostly out of that. 


May 16th, 2014 at 12:18 PM ^

I was a big fan in the Bad Boy era and worked for the Pistons for a couple years. Zeke was a hell of a player for the Stones, but that doesn't make him any less liable for his behavior after his career.


May 16th, 2014 at 12:36 PM ^

was an amazing player.  One of the very few point guards that could always get his own shot if he wanted.  I'm a huge fan.

But his track record off the court is just as unimpressive and a reason for concern.  I wouldn't want him anywhere near the front office of any team or business that I cared about and I do care about the Pistons.



May 16th, 2014 at 11:42 AM ^

I think he deserves a seat at the table, he did help build the franchise, and has done a lot for the community.  Just not sure on how much of the daily business he should be involved in, hasn't had a good track record in that department.


May 16th, 2014 at 2:38 PM ^

There is no Detroit Pistons without Zeke. He is not only the greatest Piston ever but one of the greatest basketball players pound for pound that has ever walked the face of this earth.


May 16th, 2014 at 12:26 PM ^

Yay -- Isiah's back with the Pistons, where my childhoood hero belongs!  Really haven't been a fan of Gores at all, but I like the way he handled the Dumars thing (respectfully, and keeping him on board in a more behind the scenes role), the Van Gundy hire, and bringing Zeke back in this role.