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Report: Stu Jackson to interview for Pistons GM position


Stan Van Gundy will be making the calls in Detroit. No roster moves are happening without his stamp of approval, he has the power.

But he needs somebody to handle the day-to-day of being a GM (for example, take the calls from frustrated agents so Van Gundy doesn’t have to).

Stu Jackson, the NBA’s former executive vice president of basketball operations (the guy who handed out the fine), may be that guy. He will interview for the job, reports Chris Haynes at

Jackson, 58, is scheduled to have his interview with Stan Van Gundy, the team’s newest head coach and president of basketball operations, shortly after the Memorial Day Weekend.

Those plugged in on the Detroit situation also believe Van Gundy will reach out to the Spurs assistant General Manager Scott Layden, if he hasn’t already done so. Otis Smith is still considered the favorite to land the Detroit role, we’re told.

In case you forgot, Jackson has a good basketball resume, including as coach of the New York Knicks and then Vancouver Grizzlies. He can handle the business side, deal with contracts and the cap, plus have some input on players.

Smith was considered the frontrunner here but SVG is wisely taking his time and interviewing multiple people. He’s looking for the right fit.

That might mean Stu Jackson is back in the NBA.

Hezonja throws down one-handed dunk in preseason debut

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Mario Hezonja, the No. 5 pick in this year’s draft, has never lacked for confidence. The Croatian guard made his pro debut in the Magic’s preseason game against the Hornets on Saturday and did this:

Between Hezonja, Elfrid Payton, Victor Oladipo and Aaron Gordon, the Magic have a nucleus of young players that has the potential to be a lot of fun. Even if they’re still a few years away from contending, they’re definitely going to be a League Pass favorite this year.

Michael Kidd-Gilchrist suffers dislocated shoulder in preseason game

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Preseason is only just getting underway and there’s already a potentially serious injury to report. In the game between the Hornets and Magic on Saturday night, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to the locker room after suffering a right shoulder injury. The Hornets announced that he was then taken to an Orlando-area hospital for follow-up x-rays:

A few hours after the game, the Hornets announced that Kidd-Gilchrist has a dislocated shoulder:

Depending on the severity of the injury, he could miss a few weeks or a few months. Hopefully, it’s the shorter end of that timeline. We should know more on Sunday.