Those are just a few of the changes that Pistons owner Tom Gores and Palace Sports & Entertainment president Dennis Mannion have pushed through at the Palace in a few short months.
The players have done more than pay lip service to the changes. Guys who used to rush home as soon as their responsibilities ended are now lingering around the facilities to take advantage of the new digs.
Most of the Pistons are millionaires, so the team really had to do it up right to make an impression.
"There's a really functional part to it, too, because with the millions comes pressure and a lot different directions that nobody can comprehend what they go through with friends and family and fans -- especially in the day and age of new media where they're onstage all the time, so we wanted to have an area where we felt they could focus and that's a big part of the change," Mannion said after he conducted a tour at the Palace.
Changes were made toward providing the players more comfort as well. Previously, the hallway from the locker room to the playing court was crowded with media, arena personnel and corporate sponsors. It has been modified to make the area less cluttered.
Mannion said he wants to hear from the players about future improvements and he told them that in a meeting earlier Thursday.
"It was the first opportunity that I had to tell them that we want to hear from them," Mannion said. "I want to hear what we can do to help us win."
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