MUST SEE: Pistons owner Tom Gores was very….spirited

Oh, to be a billionaire. Private jets, mansions, owning an NBA team…and limitless beverage service courtside.

Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores made a rare appearance at a game of the team that he owns, but his presence was appropriate considering the franchise altering trade his team just completed for five-time All Star Blake Griffin.

On the sidelines, let’s just say that Gores looked like he’d been raising several glasses to toast the new look team.

Gores must have wanted Pistons fans to remember his rare appearance at a game – it’ll certainly be hard to forget after that!

The Pistons defeated the Memphis Grizzlies by a 104-102 final in Griffin’s debut.


The Detroit Pistons and the Los Angeles Clippers set the NBA and Twitter worlds on fire Tuesday night when they agreed to a swap for All-Star Power Forward Blake Griffin. It was a move that many believed the Pistons were gambling on, having sent two players and a handful of draft picks to L.A. for Griffin.

Griffin was not in Detroit for the Pistons 125-114 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Tuesday night, but he arrived via plane to Motown later that evening. Upon touch-down, he was greeted by some reporters that asked about coming to Detroit. Here’s what he had to say:

“This franchise, you know, has a history of tough, hard-working teams, that’s how I was raised, that’s my principle, so being here is an awesome opportunity.

Being in the League, now, seven years…I’ve been fortunate to play with a lot of really good players and learn from them, so hopefully, a little of veteran leadership, steering this team in the right direction, helping lay the foudation, helping the young guys, and just fitting in and doing as much as I can. 

We’re going to be a hard-nosed team, we’re going to play really really hard, and I’m incredibly excited. I love this fan base, the engergy has been awesome, already, in just 24 hours. So, I’m super excited to be here and ready to be at that first game.”

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Written by Michael Whitaker

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