In podcasts, Natalie and I (and Dave) do shtick for an hour about how bad the Pistons are gonna be. We joke about CV’s lack of hair, Ben Gordon’s lack of skills, and Rodney Stuckey’s ego among other things. Deep down, we want the team to do well and it bothers us when they don’t. I can say one thing about last night though…
It was 1 game. Step back off the ledge.
I’m not going to give a pep talk, or an Al Pacino style talk (from Any Given Sunday) to get your “buy in” on the Pistons. I’m not going to ask you to overlook things like the Tayshaun Prince re-signing, or the Rodney Stuckey re-signing. These things happened, and there is nothing we do about it. I also can’t ask you to forgive the Chauncey Billups trade or even letting Ben Wallace go to the Bulls in 2006. I can ask you to stop living in the past, because the past isn’t going to do anything but make you mad when you compare the past to this team. I can ask you to step back off the ledge. It was 1 game, in a season that is clearly about rebuilding.
Yes, they looked terrible. Yes, the lack of frontcourt depth was never more evident than against one of the deeper frontcourt teams in the Eastern Conference last night. Yes, they showed they still don’t have a consistent scoring threat on the perimeter or in the post. The anticipated bright lights of the team going into the season were flickering, with Jonas finishing with 17 points, but with Greg Monroe only finishing with 8 and 7 in 22 minutes (due to foul trouble).
We knew this team wasn’t going to be good, right? If you didn’t know the team wasn’t going to be good, you’ve been sipping a little too much kool aid. This is a team in transition, and aside from the Tayshaun re-signing, this is a team that is still being shaped as much as it can be shaped with such a short off-season. This is a team that will have a lottery pick this season, in one of the deeper drafts in recent memory. This is a team that still has its amnesty clause to use on a contract through next offseason. This is a team that still will have control over franchise building blocks Greg Monroe and Jonas Jerebko for at least the next 2 seasons.
I am not putting up with people complaining anymore about how the team isn’t good. It’s not a surprise. It’s going to be a tough 2 year transition for this team. At least Chris Paul didn’t end up in New York, so the East has only 1 super team instead of 2, right?
With the right moves this offseason (amnesty on Gordon or CV), a top 5 pick, and a decent free agent signing, this team could step back into the Eastern Conference playoff picture as early as next season. A team with Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe and top 5 2012 pick could be a formidable opponent this time next year.