Gilbert is a native of Michigan and owns a lot of properties in Detroit. He has mentioned numerous times in the past how the Pistons are not the "Detroit" Pistons and that it would benefit them, and the city, to move from Auburn Hills to downtown Detroit. Well, two days after his Cavs knocked the Pistons out of the playoffs, Gilbert decided to tweet Tom Gores (don't get too excited, yet; it's not about basketball):
Hey @TomGores, you know what's great about sports? One moment you're rivals & the next day, you can be rooting for the same team…— Dan Gilbert (@cavsdan) April 26, 2016
Hmm, wonder what team that is. Maybe the FlintNow team? Gores, who is not on Twitter very often (only 115 tweets), took time to respond only two minutes later.
"Kick around." Hmm. Maybe an MLS team?
Vince Ellis wrote a story on it:
The plan includes building a soccer stadium at a still-to-be-determined site. A person with knowledge of the situation who is not authorized to speak publicly says that the abandoned Wayne County jail site on Gratiot near Greektown is the No. 1 option, although the site remains under county control.
Would they be co-owners?
Gores likely will lead soccer the franchise, according to the source. Gilbert likely will lead the procuring of the land, the development of the site and the building of the stadium. They are seeking investors to partner in the project.
Dang. This could be exciting for downtown Detroit.
Now back to your regularly scheduled after-lunch naps.