Ownership Resolved? Why Tom Gores Is the Best Fit For Detroit Pistons

January 10th, 2011 by Jay Wierenga Leave a reply »
The sexy story around the Pistons nation this week is the potential deal involving long-time star Richard "Rip" Hamilton—and with good reason.

However, the more important deal is no doubt the prospective sale of the team to California-based billionaire Tom Gores.

The Hamilton deal will shed the Pistons of a large contract, clear up playing time in a log-jammed back court and effectively transition from the past to the future.

The Gores deal determines whether or not the team stays in Auburn Hills, let alone Michigan.

This may seem like hyperbole, but make no mistake about it: This deal is huge for Pistons fans.

Over the past year, there have been a host of people rumored to be involved in buying the Pistons. There was the Magic Johnson rumor, the Mike Illitch rumor and even a potential Middle Eastern sheik rumor.

Of all those connected to the sale of the Pistons, Gores is by far the best option for Detroit. He is from outside of Flint, he went to Michigan State and he still owns some businesses in Michigan.

He also has expressed an interest in helping out the economy in his home state.

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