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The Detroit Pistons fired 15 employees two weeks ago, a person familiar with the situation told the...

The Detroit Pistons fired 15 employees two weeks ago, a person familiar with the situation told the Associated Press.

From the AP. The timing suggests this is a direct result of the lockout, but it's at least possible it's the result of Tom Gores/Platinum Equity cleaning house, which presumably would have happened regardless of the league's labor situation.

"The Board of Governors has approved the sale of the Detroit Pistons to a group led by Tom Gores,"...

"The Board of Governors has approved the sale of the Detroit Pistons to a group led by Tom Gores," Stern said. "We expect the deal to close this week. It's very important to us, because we think Tom will bring renewed vigor and energy to that great franchise. And he's really very anxious to get going. I spoke to him earlier today on my way here. And that's a very good development for the Detroit Pistons and the good fans of Detroit."

David Stern, via HOOPSWORLD , addressing the media prior to Game 1 of the NBA Finals.
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