Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores backs Troy Weaver: ‘I have confidence’
LOS ANGELES — For the first time this season, Tom Gores had a reason to show some positivity while discussing his team.
He sat courtside Saturday afternoon at Crypto.com Arena as the Detroit Pistons led the star-studded Los Angeles Clippers in the first half, 58-49, before giving up the lead in the fourth quarter of a 112-106 rout.
The Pistons are an NBA-worst 8-44. However, after starting the season 2-29 and losing an NBA-record 28 straight games, they have won four of their past nine and are 5-8 since the Jan. 14 trade that sent Marvin Bagley III and Isaiah Livers to Washington for Mike. Muscala and the recent waiver of Danilo Gallinari.
The front office remained aggressive heading into Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline, adding six new faces in Simone Fontecchio, Troy Brown Jr., Shake Milton, Quentin Grimes, Evan Fournier, and Malachi Flynn.
General manager Troy Weaver showed confidence when he addressed the media Friday morning. Gores took a similar tone, throwing his support behind Weaver despite the Pistons’ historic loss this season in the fourth year of his tenure.
Here’s what Gore said on Saturday. The questions and answers have been edited for clarity.
What is the idea behind deadline moves?
“We needed to change our lineup. We had to let a few of our players go, they’re all good guys. Bojan (Bogdanovic) and (Alec) Burks contributed a lot for the Pistons. We just needed to shake it up a little bit and create more speed and space.” For our youth. “You know from Troy, we’ve been working all last week, so we just needed, for the sake of the team, to let the guys fly freely.”
How involved were you after you publicly declared your desire to change?
“Almost every day. The first month after that, I did a lot of that in a couple of days of zooms and calls and all that stuff. Over the last 10 days, the team will tell you, Troy will tell you, we’ve had a lot of all-nighters and late wake-ups Very just to make sure we make the right decision for this team. It’s a pivotal moment and you have to know when to pivot. For us, it was important to get the makeup right and I think we made very good moves. “We also have a lot of space now in the summer, and we’ve got some good players.”
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Where is your confidence level in Troy and the front office as a whole?
“I think we just got together and the first thing we did was take responsibility for the mistakes we made. As an organization, you can’t really move forward until you admit what didn’t work. That was the first thing. Being honest about that saves you a future. If you don’t look at your past a little bit and know what What is right and what is wrong, it is very difficult to go into the future. We did that throughout this process. I have confidence in Troy. I have confidence. We relied on each other during this process, but we also did not avoid the idea of what were we responsible for? He gave us A way forward.
Have you made moves with the expectation that some players will continue beyond this season?
“This is just the beginning, and it’s our responsibility to do that. We have to learn from what didn’t work, so we have to move forward now. I also told the team and the front office and everyone that if we don’t win from our losses, what do we do?” “We have to be better because of our losses, and this is our chance.”
Does this season give you more data points going forward because you know what this team needs right now?
“One of the data points is seeing how everyone reacts in tough times. I learned a lot about them, they learned a lot about me, because in life it’s exactly the same. Until you go through those tough times, you never know how someone is going to react.” One of the things I learned is that they responded well. I saw who reacted well and then showed heart, and we all didn’t like it at the time. But we fought, and they’re fighting tonight and I’m really proud of them.”
What qualifies as a successful finish to the remainder of the season?
“To compete like we are tonight, for the young group to grow and for us to make progress so we can set ourselves up for an amazing year next year. We have to perform well and I’m all in on the details.” “I would say competing like this tonight is a great start. And winning the last two games is good too.”
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What did you learn about coach Monty Williams during this process?
“Same thing. He takes pain and we’re all responsible. He’s open to listening to all kinds of things. This process of pain, sometimes it takes you somewhere else. He listens, I listen, and we all should.”
How difficult was the death of the Earl of Cureton?
“Earl is a lovely, positive person. Once I knew Earl personally, he absolutely loved his daughter, was always there for her and loved his family. We’ve lost a great soul in Earl for us. He almost texted me every week, even when I was down. ‘How are you doing?’ TJ?” “He was always checking up on people and taking care of people, and the thing he always said to me when I saw him before we left was, I would do anything for you. That’s just that kind of guy. “So we miss him and I know a lot of people do.”
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