Just last week the Detroit Pistons named former Miami Heat and Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy the head coach and president of the team.
Van Gundy, who was drawing interest from several other teams, including the Golden State Warriors, clearly liked the power (and the money – he’s going to make $35 million over five years) he is going to have. His first major decision will be hiring a general manager.
One name that has been popular is former Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith, who was fiercely loyal to Van Gundy, refusing to remain with the Magic after Van Gundy was fired.
Now, another popular name has emerged.
According to Chris Haynes of CSN Northwest, the Pistons have interviewed Stu Jackson, the NBA’s former executive vice president of basketball operations, for the job.
Stu Jackson, the NBA’s former executive vice president of basketball operations, will interview for the Detroit Pistons’ vacant general manger post, a league source informed CSNNW.com.
Jackson, 58, is scheduled to have his interview with Stan Van Gundy, the team’s newest head coach and president of basketball operations, shortly after the Memorial Day Weekend.
Jackson has worked in the front office and has also been a coach, with the New York Knicks in the 1989-90 season and the Memphis Grizzlies in the 1996-97 season.
San Antonio Spurs’ assistant General Manager Scott Layden is also expected to be a candidate, but Smith remains the favorite.