Detroit Pistons – State Of The Union

If you take a look at most of the Pistons blogs out there, open the latest post and check the comments section, chances are pretty big you will see one of the following: “Joe D doesn’t know what he is doing!“, “WE NEED STOUDEMIRE!!!!!” or “Why am I watching this games anymore? We are so predictable…” or how about “We need Larry Brown back” or “Michael Curry doesn’t know what he is doing” and so on and so on…

Sounds familiar?

To quote Doug Collins: “Any time Detroit scores more than 100 points and holds the other team below 100 points they almost always win.” See, it’s not that bad. 🙂 People, be careful what you wish for, you just might get it. I’ll try to remind you of a thing or two and I’d love to get into a discussion in the comments if you feel like I messed up something.

1.) Joe D doesn’t know what he is doing

Are you serious? Dumars is one of the best out there doing what he does (President of Basketball Operations). If teams could trade their executives, Dumars would be the equivalent to LeBron on the court. Other team’s wish they had somebody like him.

Joe D

Joe D

He got the job in 2000-01 and build our ’04 Championship team. He traded for Big Ben Wallace in 2000, for Rip in ’02, signed Chauncey in ’02 and traded for Sheed in ’04. With the guys around him, he drafted talented players mostly at the end of the 1st or 2nd round. He is doing his job better than anyone else.

2.) Why did we trade Billups in the 1st place?

See, I’m a big Chauncey fan and I was sad when I first heard that the Pistons traded him, but a change was necessary. Everybody (me included) was a bit pissed because we couldn’t get as far as we used to in the Playoffs and we had to do something. (See, that’s why I said be careful what you wish for…)

Many people said our team system is nice and everything, but we need a superstar to trade blows with the Dwyane Wades out there late in the 4th, because superstars get all the whistles. Well, we got A.I. and it only cost us Chauncey, Samb and a month of McDyess.

Chauncey got expendable after Stuckey showed the world what he can do in the playoffs against the Boston Celtics. It doesn’t get bigger than this…well, it does in the Finals, but you get my point.


Do we? Stoudemire is an incredibly talented player and I’d love to have him on my team, but it always depends on what you have to give up. Rasheed Wallace, Amir Johnson and a 1st round pick? Yes, sir! That’s a no-brainer! It’s not that easy, I guess, or Joe D would be standing next to Stoudemire tomorrow showing us Amare’s new Pistons jersey.

Deeeetroit Baaaasketbaaal?

Deeeetroit Baaaasketbaaall?

Would Stoudemire improve our team overall? A.I. is here since about 2,5 months and they haven’t really figured out how to play together (but they are much better than they were 2 months ago). Another 30 games of getting to know each other with Amare? Well, the season would be over by then. Does anybody know if we will resign A.I. or if he even would like to stay in Detroit? Would Amare leave us in 2010?

Amare would be an awesome addition to the Pistons, but don’t expect him to turn the team around on his own the day he’d arrive.

4.) Fire Michael Curry / We need LB back… / We need Flip back… / Get Avery…

Larry Brown? The guy we hated for flirting with other teams during our playoff run? The guy who is well known for not letting rookies play? We want this guy back? I respect what he did for us back in the day, but times have changed. We don’t have the same roster anymore and we have talented rookies to develop – that is not LB’s thing.

Flip Saunders? The players didn’t respect him, nobody was listening to him, he just couldn’t get through to the players…he isn’t a bad coach at all, but there was nothing he could do with this team.

Avery Johnson? I don’t know about him, he has to proof he is a good coach first. What? He won 150 of his first 191 games as the Mavs coach? Don’t get me wrong, but even I could have coached that Mavericks team to 60+ wins a season. My dog could have, probably. He wasn’t able to make any changes when it was playoff time. When teams scout their opponents and make game plans for the series, he wasn’t able to keep up. Don Nelson’s Warriors took Nowitzki out of the game and Johnson couldn’t do anything about it. I don’t want a guy coaching my team who isn’t able to utilize a 7-footer who can shoot like a guard.

Michael Curry doesn’t look great right now, but he is in a tough situation. He has so many weapons, a new player who is a future Hall of Famer, rookies that want (and need) playing time and it’s his first season. Trying to stay competitive and rebuilding at the same time is hard. I’m against firing coaches while the team rebuilds. There is only so much you can do.

Give me some time...

Give me some time...

He should have handled the whole smallball thing better (and faster) and at least try to call plays (especially on defense) during games – but he is a rookie. Give him a year before you judge him.


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