Originally posted on The Detroit Sports Site  |  Last updated 5/30/14
Stu Jackson was interviewed for the Pistons’ general manager position, and could be a leading candidate for the job. (Kris Krug, Flickr) Since the whirlwind of Stan Van Gundy’s hiring and the Detroit Pistons losing out on the draft lottery, there hasn’t been much new news to report with regards to the team until this week. Still in need of a general manager, the Pistons reportedly interviewed Stu Jackson, formally of the Vancouver Grizzlies, this week. Jackson has been out of the front office game for some time, but continues to work in the NBA offices, currently serving as the Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations for the league, a title he’s held since 2007. Jackson has a personal history with Van Gundy, dating back to when the two worked at Wisconsin together in the 1990′s when Jackson was head coach. After that, he left to take over the Grizzlies in 1994 when they became an NBA expansion team, leading to Van Gundy’s first head coaching stint in Madison. Jackson himself has coaching experience, with the New York Knicks in the early 90′s and Grizzlies in 1997. Considering his reign in Vancouver, the selection of Jackson might be a head-scratcher from a personnel standpoint. There is no doubting, however, Jackson is a quality basketball man who has experience in a variety of roles. The fact that he has a long, quality working relationship with Van Gundy might make him an excellent choice for Detroit to make. More than anything, Van Gundy is searching for someone who will help him feel comfortable making the transition to being a personnel man, and Jackson could do that well. According to a source of Matt Dery, 105.1 FM’s afternoon host and a person with connections in Auburn Hills, the job is Jackson’s to have if he wants it. Dery tweeted that information out this week. As Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press wrote, though, even though many consider Jackson to be a leading candidate, expect the Pistons to look in a variaty of different directions for a new general manager prior to July 1. That’s the deadline Van Gundy set himself for the hiring of his choice. Also named by Ellis as potential candidates were Scott Layden, assistent general manager for the San Antonio Spurs, Randy Pfund, former general manger of the Miami Heat and Jeff Bower, a former executive with the New Orleans Pellicans who now coaches at Marist University. Jackson, however, was the first choice for an interview, which could speak volumes about what Van Gundy thinks of a man he has plenty of prior experience working with. Max DeMara is a senior editor at The Detroit Sports Site. You can find him on Twitter @SportsGuyTheMax
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