Lost in the hype of the NBA draft lottery, Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars made his first public comments about legendary coach Phil Jackson’s short-term consulting role with the Pistons’ coaching search.

“He was in town for a couple of days,” Dumars said during the teleconference after the Pistons learned they would have the eighth selection in the draft. “We spent a lot time together during those two days, and we’ve have had a couple of conversations since he left town.

“While he was here those two days, we talked through (the candidates). And after he left, we’ve had either one or two conversations since then.”

It’s been more than a month since the Pistons fired Lawrence Frank. They’ve interviewed many candidates, including Oklahoma City Thunder assistant Mo Cheeks, who spoke with the Pistons on Wednesday.

The move to bring on Jackson as a consultant is what has raised the most eyebrows. The short-term involvement was characterized as Jackson doing a favor for his friend and Pistons owner Tom Gores.

As far as the coaching search, Dumars said: “We will do a hell of a due diligence on our next coach. We're not going to drag this out. Tom and I have talked about this, and we want to turn this over as quick as possible.”

Look for a resolution by the first week of June.