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Report: Pistons hire Phil Jackson to consult on coaching search


Phil Jackson is not going to be the next coach of the Detroit Pistons.

But he’s going to help pick the guy that is.

That according to Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News.

Jackson has wanted a team president or consultant role with a team (like Jerry West with the Warriors or Pat Riley with Heat). This could be a step that direction — not necessarily with the Pistons, Goodwill says there are no plans to remove Dumars from his role. The Pistons could recommend Jackson’s services to other teams that may have interest.

As Goodwill noted, Gores used Dave Checketts as a consultant when they hired Lawrence Frank. Hopefully this search goes a little better for Detroit.

The Pistons first move was to interview Nate McMillan, he met with both team president Joe Dumars and owner Tom Gores. But it was after that the news came out they would interview some of the top assistants out there — Brian Shaw of the Pacers, Kelvin Sampson of the Rockets and Miami assistant David Fizdale — as well as about-to-be-fired Suns coach Lindsay Hunter.

Jackson certainly has ties to Shaw, his lead assistant with the Lakers.

But more than that, Jackson can provide the kind of big-picture vision here the Pistons need. There are assets in Detroit — they have a potential monster front line with Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, something they can build around.

Anthony Bennett moves around, dunks on Lakers’ Upshaw (VIDEO)

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If you believe there is a difference between being dunked on and being dunked around, this definitely falls in the latter category.

Still, it’s an impressive move by Toronto’s Anthony Bennett to make the move and dunk around Lakers’ big man Robert Upshaw during the Raptors’ 105-97 preseason win over the Lakers Thursday night.

Bennett only had four points, but Kyle Lowry had another impressive preseason outing with 25. He has looked sharp. Julius Randle had 17 for the Lakers on 7-of-10 shooting.

Report: Cavs sign Dionte Christmas

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The Cavs are shorthanded in the backcourt right now, with Kyrie Irving still out and Iman Shumpert sidelined for up to three months. Yahoo’s Marc Spears reports that they’re bringing in former Temple guard Dionte Christmas, who played for the Suns in 2013-14:

In 31 games for the Suns two seasons ago, Christmas averaged 2.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 6.4 minutes per game. He probably won’t get very many minutes if he makes the Cavs’ final roster, but there’s a chance they’ll keep him around on a non-guaranteed deal until Irving and Shumpert are healthy, just to have another body in the backcourt.