Palace Sports' Bartelstein Went From College Walk-On To Chief Of Staff
Palace Sports & Entertainment VP/Strategy and Chief of Staff JOSH BARTELSTEIN began his basketball career as a walk-on at the Univ. of Michigan before he "found another niche with the Pistons," first working under Vice Chair ARN TELLEM and then "ascending to his current role," according to a profile by Rod Beard of the DETROIT NEWS. Bartelstein has "worked on major projects such as the Pistons' move from The Palace to the downtown home at Little Caesars Arena." His father, MARK, is an NBA "mega-sports agent," and the "easy road for Bartelstein would have been working in his father's agency." Instead, he has "carved his own path." Tellem said of Bartelstein, "What impressed me about Josh is that he reminded me -- very much in a different way -- but very similar qualities, to [Warriors President of Basketball Operations & GM] BOB MYERS, who I hired when I was an agent as an intern out of UCLA." Tellem: "Impressive as (Bartelstein) was, he had a couple good qualities that are critical to success. One is sincerity" (DETROIT NEWS, 6/13).