Dave Checketts, former President of the Knicks, has reportedly been hired by the Pistons as a "basketball consultant." Apparently this means that Tom Gores doesn't fully trust Joe D. as a full-on basketball decision maker. Could there already be a power struggle in the Pistons front office?
Also, let me stir up some rampant (and hopefully false) speculation that Patrick Ewing is now the front-runner for the head coaching gig. Checketts has ties to Ewing from his New York days. However, Checketts wasn't the operating GM for very long. He was only their for two stints in 1991 and 1999, both no longer than 5 months. However, he was with the team during there NBA finals run in '94 and '99. He eventually became the President and CEO of Madison Square Garden. He Utah's GM for 2 years in the late eighties. Soooo, hopefully Ewing won't be the front-runner, but Checketts probably persuaded Dumars to give him an interview. That seems like the likeliest scenario.