OT-Pistons name Jeff Bower GM

Submitted by West German Judge on June 4th, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Link to the ~live stream~ is here: http://www.nba.com/pistons/multimedia/live-stream

AP link here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/pistons-introduce-bower-gm-161820245--nba…

I don't know much about him except that he had a quick trigger when it came to trades with New Orleans and that he put together the Stojakovic/West/Chandler frontline, alongside Chris Paul?

Any thoughts (besides who cares about the NBA/Pistons/fire Dumars/Trey Burke/KCP)?



June 4th, 2014 at 1:18 PM ^

a little bit about him here: LINK, for those who care. Draft history is average at best with a couple of bright spots. Seems to enjoy trading, which makes sense because NO isn't a big FA market.

Larry Appleton

June 4th, 2014 at 1:26 PM ^

Typically, the coach reports to the GM, and the GM reports to the president (or owner).  Here, the coach and the president are one in the same, so exactly what role with the GM be playing?


June 4th, 2014 at 1:29 PM ^

the day-to-day responsibilities of being the GM.  What specifically those are, I have no clue.  But he won't be the main man in charge when it comes to final say on player movement, that will reside with Van Gundy, with Bower likely controlling operational things such as scouting and financial duties of a GM.  That's my best guess as to how it'll work.

turd ferguson

June 4th, 2014 at 1:31 PM ^

Fire Bower.  The guy has done nothing notable since Detroit hired him today.

(Sorry, nothing against the hire... just want to be the very first person to call for his firing.)


June 4th, 2014 at 1:40 PM ^

He is very solid. Considering Stan Van is the real decision maker and Bower's role will mostly be doing the day to day work, it's not a bad hire. They weren't going to get any home run candidates because, well, Stan is the real GM.

Bower has also been a coach, so I would imagine that was a plus for Van Gundy.

CRISPed in the DIAG

June 4th, 2014 at 1:43 PM ^

President/Coach sets a strategy and philosophy for player acquisition.

GM executes the acquisition of players within the organizations resources.

Batshit Owner panics in 1.5 years and shitcans everyone.  Lather, rinse, repeat.


June 4th, 2014 at 2:53 PM ^

Interesting move, of course. It isn't every day you go from coaching in the MAAC to the NBA, but then I think Bower has rather a lot of front office experience in the pros anyway, as I recall, so you can't say he is inexperienced certainly. I like the hire actually. The scope of his duties per the CBS piece:

"Under Van Gundy, who also works as president of basketball operations for Detroit, Bower will handle day-to-day management functions and likely spearhead negotiations with free agents and rookies, as well as helping to manage the scouting and analytics departments."


June 4th, 2014 at 10:49 PM ^

Pistons hit a homerun during the offseason. They got the best availble experienced GM and coach. I also love giving SVG final say.