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Van Gundy introduces Bower as new general manager of Pistons

  • FILE - In this June 24, 2010 file photo, New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower speaks at a news conference at the Hornets practice facility in Westwego, La. A person with knowledge of the talks says the Detroit Pistons and Bower are nearing an agreement that would make him the team's general manager. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, June 3, 2014, because the deal was not yet final. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    FILE - In this June 24, 2010 file photo, New Orleans Hornets general manager Jeff Bower speaks at a news conference at the Hornets practice facility in Westwego, La. A person with knowledge of the talks says the Detroit Pistons and Bower are nearing an agreement that would make him the team's general manager. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday, June 3, 2014, because the deal was not yet final. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 9, 2010, photo, then-New Orleans Hornets coach Jeff Bower shouts from the sideline during the Hornets' NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in New Orleans. The Detroit Pistons have hired Bower to be their general manager. The team announced the move Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

    FILE - In this April 9, 2010, photo, then-New Orleans Hornets coach Jeff Bower shouts from the sideline during the Hornets' NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in New Orleans. The Detroit Pistons have hired Bower to be their general manager. The team announced the move Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)  (The Associated Press)

Stan Van Gundy wants personnel decisions to be a collaborative process for Detroit's new front office.

The Pistons introduced general manager Jeff Bower on Wednesday, and he'll be working with Van Gundy as the Pistons try to take a step forward after missing the playoffs the last five seasons. Van Gundy was hired last month as Detroit's coach and team president, so he'll have control on both the coaching and management sides.

While introducing Bower, Van Gundy said too much is made of who has the final say on personnel matters. He says he expects he and Bower will be able to work together and make decisions.

Bower was the coach at Marist College last season. He's been a general manager and coach in the NBA with New Orleans.