Gores eager to work with Dumars as Pistons rebuild

By Noah Trister

Associated Press

Published: Thursday, June 2 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

Detroit Pistons NBA basketball team owner Tom Gores, center, addresses the media with his business partners at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Thursday, June 2, 2011, in Auburn Hills, Mich. At left is Robert Wentworth, and at right is Philip Norment, both partners of Platinum Equity who now own the team.

Carlos Osorio, Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — The new owner of the Detroit Pistons says Joe Dumars will remain the organization's point man on basketball matters as the team tries to rebuild after missing the playoffs two straight seasons.

Owner Tom Gores was introduced at The Palace on Thursday, a day after completing an agreement to purchase the Pistons from Karen Davidson. Gores says he'll "lean on" Dumars, the team president who has been part of all three of Detroit's NBA titles as either a player or an executive.

Gores also says he expects a decision on coach John Kuester's future soon.

Gores takes over following a drawn-out sale by Davidson that stretched back before the season. The team announced in April that Gores had agreed to buy the Pistons.

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