The Detroit Pistons' players were treated to dinner and a meeting with owner Tom Gores on Saturday evening in Beverly Hills, Calif., according to MLive's David Mayo. This meeting came one day prior to the team's 108-79 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.
The players hung out with their boss while eating dinner, watching football and receiving ostrich-skin hats as a gift -- all of which represented a gesture of which Pistons big man Greg Monroe was appreciative:
"It's always good when you can just relax and just relate to your owner on a different level than just as a player and an owner. He's a great person. He cares about us in life, period, not just basketball, and that's important."
While Monroe has attended a similar function thrown by Gores, newcomers like Kyle Singler came away impressed with Gores as well:
"It was my first time at an event like this, so I really don't have anything to compare it to, but I think it was well done, and for him to do that just shows his level of commitment."
Gores and his private firm, Platinum Equity, officially became the owners of the Pistons on June 1, 2011. Since then, the Pistons have gone 25-44 in regular season action. Though his company is based in California, Gores owns a home in Michigan and graduated from Michigan State University in 1986.