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Hiring of Troy Weaver as GM earn Detroit Pistons kudos

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The move a long time coming for an exceptional executive

NBA Media Day Photo by Kent Horner/NBAE via Getty Images

The Detroit Pistons are earning accolades throughout the NBA Twittersphere for its hiring of Troy Weaver as the team’s new general manager. The longtime executive with the Oklahoma City Thunder under Sam Presti has built a reputation as a terrific talent evaluator and communicator.

Here is a rundown of what some of the folks are saying immediately after the hire.

Kendrick Perkins, former Thunder big man

Former Thunder big man Kendrick Perkins loves the move. Perkins, it should be noted, was handsomely paid by the team for his defensive prowess in the middle. We also won’t litigate Perkins’ other NBA takes because I’m choosing to be in a good mood.

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Chris Mannix, senior writer for Sports Illustrated

Michael Lee, senior writer for The Athletic

Dahntay Jones, former NBA player

Vincent Goodwill, senior writer for Yahoo

Vince Goodwill used to cover the Pistons for the Detroit News and has written extensively about the lack of black representation among the NBA’s coaching and executive ranks while black players make up more than 80% of the league.

Andy Isaac, UPROXX

Keeper of an essential Twitter account, Michigan native and chronicler of whether the Sausage Haus is open or closed (it’s usually closed) inside Little Caesars Arena.

Greg Kelser, Detroit Pistons analyst for Fox Sports Detroit

Kelser is growing out quite an exquisite quarantine beard, and also says he is encouraged about Weaver’s hiring not just because of his long history of success with the Thunder, but because the team was able to so nimbly recover after losing Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook (and James Harden years earlier).

Sekou Smith, NBA.com, NBA TV and HangTime Podcast

Sekou is also a Michigan native who used to cover the Pistons before moving on to bigger and better things.

Jeff Goodman, longtime NBA journalist

Dave Pasch, NBA and NCAA Basketball analyst for ESPN

Lazarus Jackson, Podcaster extraordinaire and DBB writer

Laz gets it.