2 Articles Worth Reading. Sports Done The Right Way….

I wrote about Bill Davidson passing over the weekend. If you want to know how a sports franchise is supposed to be run I highly recommend you read the following to articles. Here are a couple of snippets about the guy and how he ran his teams:

“If it’s possible to live a good life at the highest levels of competition, to win unimaginable honors and earn unimaginable riches, without soaking in the applause, Davidson pulled it off. His death at 86 on Friday night leaves a void as big as his legacy.”

“”I just think he did it the right way,” Dumars said Saturday, sitting at a table, looking solemn. “He wasn’t an owner that was looking for the fanfare, who wanted to make a spectacle. You knew as a player here, you were playing for probably the classiest owner in the NBA. You knew, when he came around, it wasn’t any bluster or hype.”

“”The key to anything is proper recruiting and proper standards,” Davidson said then. “You spend as much time as you can with the people you hire, and then if you did your job right, you trust them to do theirs.”

“Oh, he never, never interfered,” Dumars said. “I’d call him maybe an hour before we were gonna make a trade and he’d be like, ‘Well, you could’ve called me afterward.’ To me, that spoke about more than just basketball, that he trusted me to do what’s right. For someone to give you that type of freedom, that’s a serious obligation.”

You can read the rest of that article in the Detroit News here

“He found a kindred older soul in Davidson, and Davidson found one in him. In recent years, they would visit often, in their offices or in the Pistons’ training room, where Davidson would often come for a mid-morning massage. Davidson shared business philosophies and basketball philosophies, but they were largely indistinguishable from his life philosophies. The pro sports world wasn’t any more complex than real life, Mr. D believed. And what he would not brook in one, he would not brook in the other. Mr. D wanted a good product. He wanted good profits. He wanted respectable people, manners from his employees, respect shown to superiors, and above all things — loyalty.”

“But the beauty of the old man was that while he was often around, he was barely noticed. He wore a windbreaker to the games and shuffled in late and shuffled out early. He sat under the basket, but never tried to coach from his seat, and he never looked foolish trying to hang with the young players — like some pathetic sports owners do.”

“The last time I saw him was the first truly long interview we had ever done together. I had been with the Free Press for 23 years. I figured it was time. He always had been so shy, and I had respected his privacy. When I mentioned this to him as we sat down last September, he said, “Oh, well, all you had to do was ask. I would have done it at any point.”

You can read that article from the Detroit Free Press here

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