Stu Jackson is pictured with Larry Bird in 2012. (Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images)
Former NBA executive, coach and current NBA-TV analyst Stu Jackson will interview for the Pistonsí general manager position, according to a report.
Comcast Sports Northwest reports that Jackson, 58, who was a general manager for the Vancouver Grizzlies for six seasons before the franchise moved to Memphis, will meet with new Pistons coach and president Stan Van Gundy this week.
The two have a relationship that dates back to their days at the University of Wisconsin, when Jackson was head coach from 1992-94 and Van Gundy was on his staff. Itís important to note Van Gundy will have final say on basketball decisions, but will need someone he trusts at the helm of the daily duties while Van Gundy focuses on coaching the existing roster.
Jackson was coach of the New York Knicks in 1989-91, and also served as the NBAís dean of discipline, handing out suspensions and fines, as an executive vice-president from 2007-13 before being replaced by Rod Thorn.
Although Jackson has been out of the team realm for quite some time, several NBA types said -- once Van Gundy took over basketball operations in Detroit a couple weeks ago -- that Jackson and Van Gundy could link up again.
The talk surrounding former Orlando Magic general manager Otis Smith has cooled in NBA circles, although he canít be completely ruled out.