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Phil Jackson lands a job...as an advisor to the Detroit Pistons?

by Dan Cash

Let's file this one under "never saw that one coming."  Former Chicago Bulls & Los Angeles Lakers head coach Phil Jackson is apparently coming to the Palace of Auburn Hills to serve as an adviser to Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars this summer.  Jackson, who is friends with Pistons owner Tom Gores reportedly struck up a friendly conversation  about the Pistons need for a new coach and it turned into a short-term position with the organization.  

An advisor to the President isn't an unheard of hire but it does begin to raise some questions about Joe Dumars future as the head of what has become an ailing and under-supported franchise in the suburbs of the Motor City. 

Some of you may remember that Joe Dumars and Phil Jackson weren't always so chummy.  Back in the late 80's and early 90's it was Dumars and former teammate Isiah Thomas who were working alongside Dennis Rodman to knock Jackson's star Michael Jordan on his back every playoff series.  


This is the man that coached the Bulls and finally got them past the juggernaut Pistons defense.  So now he's going to help the Pistons find their next great coach?  With Joe Dumars still at the helm?  It seems...fishy to me.  

If I am Dumars I have to be thinking to myself this is the beginning of my evaluation by Tom Gores.  Owners rarely bring in "advisers" on coaching decisions when they are happy with the progress their President of Basketball Operations has shown in building a winning basketball team.

This could be the beginning of the end for the storied relationship between the Detroit Pistons & Joe Dumars.