NBA OFF SEASON PREVIEW: DETROIT PISTONS
The Detroit Pistons are flat. They are a flat team, a flat franchise playing in a city littered with flat tires, in a country with a flat economy, “discovered” by a genocidal explorer who proved the world was round. (okay now watch this) —> LIKE A BASKETBALL IS! <—
Since their ‘05 loss to the San Antonio Spurs in the NBA Finals the Detroit Pistons have been rebuilding on the fly. Maybe you can do that if you have a top 10 player to build around, but the Pistons won as a team. It’s what was endearing about their 2004 championship. They were a Jenga tower. Pull away one piece and the entire thing collapses.
Of course the Pistons still have some of those pieces, but they’d fit so much nicer on other teams. The experience and skill of players like Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince seem like deadline trades waiting to happen. And isn’t it kind of sad that the Pistons best rebounder is still Ben Wallace?
The Pistons need to let go of the past. It’s not your fault. It’s not your fault. Actually it is your fault: Billups for Iverson? What was that?
They need a jolt of something. Maybe the reported Miki Ilitch purchase of the team will breath new life. Especially if he moves the team out of the suburbs back into Detroit proper, as it should be. Whatever has to happen ought to happen.
I can only assume the Pistons signed Tracy McGrady over the offseason for the same reason the Knicks traded for him. To keep cap space free and try and maybe catch big sleep in a bottle. Well done. Mcgrady’s questionable legs and droopy eyed on court demeanor will only add to the wane in enthusiasm in Auburn Hills.
The more optimistic addition is the 6-11 rookie Greg Monroe. He’s not the typical Georgetown big man. He has an almost European game, pick and popping rather than rolls to the basket, but he could fare well in a guard heavy offense that likes to spread the court.
Welcome to the Office of Redundancy office. Has anyone else checked out the Pistons roster? It’s like Noah’s Ark, two of everything. Richard Hamilton and Ben Gordon? Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum? Austin Daye and Tayshaun Prince? Chris Wilcox and Jason Maxiell? That John Mason echo effect must have gone to Dumars head.
The Pistons are a 30-win team at best. No playoffs. But The Dirtbombs are still an awesome band. They should play at halftime.
Predictions and Fun Facts
- Someone on this roster gets traded. It has to happen. This team makes no sense.
- Ben Gordon joined the British Olympic team.
- In 2008 Will Bynum hit a man with his car outside of a Tel Aviv nightclub. Courts later ruled Bynum was in tangible danger at the time.
- Joe Dumars is still underrated.