Detroit Pistons Part Ways With Former Front Office Executive Rob Murphy


The Detroit Pistons have fired former assistant general manager Rob Murphy according to a report by Tresa Baldas and statements made to the Detroit Free Press

This news broke after a seven month investigation the Pistons opened due to allegations of Murphy’s workplace misconduct with a former female employee.

The Pistons released the following statement to the Detroit Free Press on the matter:

“Rob Murphy no longer works for the Detroit Pistons or Motor City Cruise, in any capacity. Mr. Murphy was recently terminated for violation of company policy and the terms of his employment agreement. The facts that gave rise to his termination surfaced during a review, assisted by a national law firm, of allegations made by a former employee.”

The Pistons also mentioned that “because this is a personnel matter, no further details will be forthcoming at this time”, as reported by the Detroit Free Press.

Rob Murphy saw a quick rise within the Detroit Pistons organization starting as President of the Motor City Cruise, the Pistons’ G-League team in 2021-22. And ultimately named assistant general manager a season after successfully guiding the Cruise through their inaugural season.

My Take

The Detroit Pistons have reiterated the type of culture they are committed and expects all personnel whether a player, or in arena staff, to respect.

My time on the beat afforded an opportunity to see just how family oriented the Pistons organizational culture is. From the ushers I got to know, to players I was able to interact, it felt like a family reunion. You become acquainted with the birthdays, this struggles and the joys. You meet families and interact in ways you hope exudes a comfortable confidence. I had the opportunity to attend several evens hosted by the Pistons and they were benefiting families and students.

This is the focus and image I’ve come to know the current Pistons regime as having. That’s not to say previous era’s didn’t meet or ascertain to similar standards, but that we know even more who Troy Weaver is.

Weaver has spoken about quality of character meaning more than perception of skill being valued most in players.

“We really liked the players in the draft,” Weaver said. “We felt they were quality young men that could help continue to build our program. Tom (Gores) gave us his blessing. They were just a tremendous class for high-character DNA guys that we wanted to add.”

Dwane Casey has echoed similar sentiments about the organizations commitment to class his entire tenure in Detroit.

“I know we have a top-notch court organization. A class organization, a class owner who cares, a class general manager in Troy who cares about each and every player that’s in that locker room. They’re here because of him.”

This surely played a role in the Pistons head coaching search as well. Top candidate on the market Ime Udoka was fired from coaching the Boston Celtics for reasons similar to Murphy.

What’s Next for Detroit

May 16 NBA Draft Lottery 

June 22 NBA Draft 

July 7-17 NBA Summer League


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