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Tom Gores addressed the Pistons after Tuesday's practice

I don't want to read too much into this, but it's interesting to see that Tom Gores not only traveled to Indiana to watch the Pistons' opener in person but also addressed the team following Tuesday's practice. From Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

"He's just a normal guy," [Ben] Gordon said. "He wants us to go out there and take our jobs serious every day, and he told us great things can happen.

"He says he's a kid from Flint that worked hard and was consistent with his work every day, and that's the same thing that he wants us to do. He made it very clear that he's here to support us, and we're all in this together."

It sounds like Gores was more encouraging than critical, but regardless, having the guy who's actually cutting the checks in the building and attending practices must be a change of pace from the previous regime, which by all accounts was about as hands off as any in the NBA. I know "hands on" owners tend to get a bad rap in sports, but I think this team could stand to feel a little pressure from above.

In any case, has more soundbites from Tuesday's practice, if you're interested.