Former Detroit Pistons Bad Boy, Chicago native Isiah Thomas was reportedly being considered to replace Pistons general manager Joe Dumars in an effort to shake things up a bit and turn the face of the dilapidating organization around. But just as quickly as these reports surfaced, they were swiftly put to rest by owner Tom Gores.
A spokesman for Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores called a report that the team is wooing Isiah Thomas as its next general manager “absolutely false.”
“He is not a candidate for any job with the Pistons,” Barnhill wrote about Thomas.
Mark Barnhill, a partner in Gores’ Platinum Equity, wrote in an email to MLive that he and Gores had dinner with Thomas a couple weeks ago in Los Angeles but the upcoming Bad Boys reunion “was the sole topic. Period.”
In normal rumor situations like these, teams usually take the silent approach, opting not to comment. But in this instance the organization responded quickly, making the potential pairing seem too toxic to be associated with given Thomas’ unfavorable track record as former New York Knicks President of Basketball Operations and two-year tenure as head coach.
Later this month, Thomas will be in Detroit to celebrate the 25th anniversary of their first championship team -- the same team that Thomas and Dumars were a part of, which is reportedly one of reasons why Thomas won’t comment on the Pistons’ job.
But Thomas is seemingly doing well in his current role as an NBA TV analyst and reportedly wouldn’t put himself in a position that could potentially be hazardous to his friendship with Dumars.