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New Pistons owner installs luxury locker room

Posted on: January 13, 2012 6:15 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2012 6:19 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver 

Instead of spending his money this offseason to amnesty forward Charlie Villanueva and move on to a brighter tomorrow, new Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores plunked down a major chunk of change on a luxury locker room renovation.

That's right, Gores, who purchased the team from the Davidson family last year, took a play out of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban's playbook, upgrading the facilities to make sure that everything is top-of-the-line. Cuban has said that he felt upgrading his arena's amenities helped make Dallas a more desireable destination for high-demand free agents.

Gores essentially started from scratch, effecting a total re-design. What did he add?

According to this video, the team's new digs are 1,920 square feet, more than double in size of the previous setup. Included in that space is a a new player's lounge with a giant video setup, an exercise room, and hot and cold tubs. There's custom lighting throughout and an entryway that includes giant murals depicting past Pistons greats. The locker room itself has high-end office chairs and large, wood-paneled lockers. 

"The players' lounge is awesome. I've never had one. I've been on Milwaukee, on Toronto and never seen something like it," Villanueva said. "Tom Gores is doing an unbelievable job.

Gores' next task: upgrade to a luxury roster.

Take a look at the new Pistons locker room.

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Since: Nov 24, 2006
Posted on: January 14, 2012 4:08 am

New Pistons owner installs luxury locker room

...its not helping!

Since: Sep 28, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2012 8:16 pm

New Pistons owner installs luxury locker room

Old Iowa football coach Hayden fry, who held a graduate psych degree, painted the visitors locker rooms pink, a subdued color. Take a page out of his book!

Since: Jan 13, 2011
Posted on: January 13, 2012 7:05 pm

New Pistons owner installs luxury locker room

I'd be interested to see what the visitors lockerroom looks like. If the upgrade of the Piston's lockerroom serves to enhance the play of the team, perhaps a "crappy" lockerroom for the visitor could help throw their game off.

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