The Pistons are officially sleeping with the enemy. Officials announced Thursday former Bulls and Lakers coach Phil Jackson will serve as a senior consultant for the team's coaching search. Jackson might be friends with Pistons owner Tom Gores, but he is no friend of the Pistons. In fact, Jackson has always been smug and dismissive of the Pistons. And now he's riding into town to save the day? This is basically a slap in the face of team president Joe Dumars. Does Gores even have faith Dumars can hire the right coach? Obviously not. The bitter rivalry Here's what's wrong with Jackson. In the 1980s and 1990s, the Pistons and Bulls provided fans with an intense and bitter rivalry.The Bad Boy Pistons were the champs at the end of the 1980s, and the Bulls were up-and-coming. The rivalry hit its peak during the 1991 Eastern Conference finals, when the Bulls destroyed the Pistons. With Game 4 winding down, and a Bulls sweep in effect, the Pistons walked off the court in the waning seconds, refusing to shake hands with Chicago. They walked out because Michael Jordan said the Pistons were bad champions and bad for basketball. They walked out because they believed they were disrespected by the Bulls. And by Jackson most of all.
Phil Jackson's advisory role an affront to Pistons and Joe Dumars
Detroit News | May 4