Detroit Pistons: Five Critical Steps Tom Gores Needs to Take

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Detroit Pistons: Five Critical Steps Tom Gores Needs to Take
The pivotal question to be answered during Tom Gores' ownership: can good looks run an NBA team?

The Detroit Pistons wrapped up a second consecutive miserable season with a very crucial move for the franchise. Karen Davidson, the widow of Piston legend Bill Davidson, agreed on April 8th to sell the Detroit Pistons, The Palace of Auburn Hills, and the DTE Energy Music Theater to Michigan native Tom Gores. Gores had been in the running for potential ownership of the team for quite some time, rivaling the likes of Mike Ilitch and a group of foreign investors. Davidson and Gores finally came to an agreement.

Tom Gores takes over the reigns of an NBA franchise rich in history and surrounded by passionate, success-hungry fans. The franchise has prided itself on playing a physical, no-nonsense style of basketball for decades now. Heart has been every bit a part of the Pistons' success as talent has been. For the team and for fans, that's great because Detroit doesn't need a 30 point per night scorer in order to be an elite team. They have to have a bunch of guys on the same page who share the common passion of winning. For a new owner, that's the worst possible scenario. It will be easy for Tom to put together a roster that looks good on paper from his new executive office. However, it will be impossible to gauge how the roster will play together. Though difficult to predict, Gores can make some very important moves this off-season to set the Pistons up for success in the long run.

Obviously, Joe Dumars will be the one to actually go out and make the roster moves about to be mentioned, but Tom is the head honcho who can push for just about anything he wants.

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