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The life of a sports fan isn’t always fun at the games, just ask and Detroit Lions fan. Going in you know that you have to take the lows with the highs. Hopefully your team or teams give you some highs so you have something to hold on to.

Being an avid Pistons fan since Kelly Tripuka was in the shortest of shorts imaginable, my Detroit Pistons have giving me more than my share of highs to hold on to.

It’s not like the Pistons have been at the top of their game the past few seasons. This team’s  fans are used to  being just bad enough not to go anywhere in the Eastern Conference.  So why is this season driving me mad? Because this team show flashes of hope that plays tricks on the mind, and I’d like them to please stop it before it sends me to a therapist.

The Pistons vs. Pacers game Saturday night is the perfect example of why they want me to pull my hair out at times. I’m not going to lie to you, I walked into the Palace, as I do most nights and I have not hope or expectations that this current team will beat anyone. It’s what gets be by.

This isn’t the same team that kept me on the edge of my seat for many a season. I used to go into every game knowing Detroit could beat every team they stepped on the floor against.

The Detroit Pistons 2007

That swagger ended in 2008.

Sadly I thought this season would be different, but things unfolded this summer that changed things.

Josh Smith Pistons vs. Pacers

So why does this team drive their fans totally nuts by beating the likes of the Heat and the Pacers? Why were they up more than 20 at the half against the Pacers Saturday night only to buckle and lose in overtime?

Because they hate us.

Well maybe they don’t hate us, but it sure feels like it.

I’m upset with myself for checking out this season and giving up.  I wasn’t even like that when the so called answer to the Pistons woes were Kwame Brown, Nazir Mohammed, Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva or Austin Daye.

Should I go on?

I’m by no means hoping this teams tanks, but I’m not upset when they lose. It would be just like this team and its mediocrity to hand over their lottery pick because the Eastern Conference is horrible, and Joe Dumars needed to get out from under some a horrible signing.

I’m a Pistons fan like it or not.  I’ll still watch and head out to games and hold no hope that this team is a winner until they show me otherwise. And knowing just how cruel things can be at times they’ll win just enough at the end of the seasons to be losers.

Bless us.

After each game this Pistons fan would to tell herself, “it’s ok things will get better.” And after each game of telling myself that, I looked into the mirror and realized how unrealistic and idiotic I was being.

I no longer utter those words to myself. Why? Because this team is a train wreck.Fennis Dembo

I’ve watched them through the teal years. I’ve watched the selection of Mateen Cleaves, Rodney White and Darko. I watched Fennis Dembo and William Bedford ride the bench, and even cheered for Pepe Sanchez when he got garbage minutes. And for some reason I have a maroon Stacey Augmon Pistons jersey.

So why after being so positive though all of my years as a fan has it come to this?

Andre Drummond NBA Detroit Pistons WallpaperBecause this year was supposed to be different. This was the year they were supposed to turned the corner after being in limbo for more years than I care to remember.  They have a superstar in Andre Drummond, but the pieces around him don’t fit the puzzle. This team is broken and I blame the one person I always gave a pass to.

In Joe Dumars I don’t trust…anymore.

In Joe Dumars I don't Trust

How do I loathe thee…let me count the ways.

  • Allen Iverson
  • Michael Curry
  • John Kuester
  • Keeping the Championship team together too long
  • Ben Gordon
  • Charlie Villanueva
  • Austin Daye
  • Rip Hamilton’s extended stay
  • A player mutiny
  • Jason Maxiell’s extended stay with a healthy payday

I can go on and on, but I won’t. It’s been said enough times by most of you. So now what?

Bless Joe D, he’ll still always be one of my favorite players of all time, and I thank him for the many years of happiness on court and off with the Pistons.


He brought us championships as a player and a GM,  but he also had many gifts fall in his lap like Greg Monroe, Andre Drummand and even Ben Wallace. They need a fresh start.

Tom Gores at The Palace

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I’m also not putting all the blame on Dumars, he had issues when he couldn’t do much during the sale of the team.  And I’ve seen enough of Tom Gores to know that he could care less about this basketball team.

You can spend hours of time and possibly your sanity on the trade machine, but things like that just never seem to work out.  Pistons fans are in a tough spot. You wish for a trade that may help this team in the future, but you’re afraid of the outcome of the trade.  It’s also terrible to think that this team miss out on anything before the deadline.

And do you trust that freed up cap space can be used wisely?

Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon

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I also can understand many of you who at this point would rather see this team tank for a pick then have them slide into the playoffs in the awful Eastern Conference only to get dismantled in the first round.

I don’t know why, but at times I feel the need to apologize myself for this mess to someone who cared more than all of us put together. Sorry Bill.

Bill Davidson

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So now we just sit back and watch this team that isn’t gelling get hammered by teams at the bottom of the barrel. But guess what…this team is the bottom of the barrel.

They need help, or a miracle.

I told you that I was revamping the site, so I’ve gone through my archives and found a ton of Detroit Pistons Introduction videos I have.

I don’t care where you live, or who thinks their team has better introductions, but at their prime the Pistons set the bar for arena hype.  Here are the some Detroit Pistons intro to keep you busy for a while before the season starts.

The permanent page for the gallery is here: Detroit Pistons Introductions

Need4Sheed InterviewI was lucky enough to score an interview with someone who I have been reading since I used to actually hold a newspaper in my hand and turn the pages. Dana Gauruder has been giving us the Pistons inside scoop for 10 years and he was kind enough to let me bombard him with questions that Pistons fans need the answers to.

Special Need4Sheed Podcast – Interview with Dana Gauruder Pistons Beat Writer

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Dana always gives tells it like it is, so make sure you keep up with this Pistons recaps over at NBA.com and follow him on Twitter @dgauruder. Thanks again to Dana for taking the time out for us. He went so far as to get a haircut for the occasion, even though we did the interview by phone. Now that’s what you call class.

The Nuggets snapped their seven game losing streak to the Pistons with a 102-107 win against Detroit Friday night.  It wasn’t easy for Chauncey to finally get a W against his former team,  the game went back and fourth all night with 14 lead changes and nine ties.

Key Points:

  • Glad to see Arron Afflalo starting for Denver and truly making a difference.  I know we are guard heavy, but we gave him up for next to nothing .  He’s making a difference on both ends of the floor for the Nuggets.  He’s a starter in the NBA…it would be nice if they updated his profile picture in his Denver uniform. NBA webmaster fail.
  • A monster game from Jason Maxiell, who put his athleticism and strength on display.  Maxiell went 7-for-9 for 16 points, a blocked shot and 8 boards in 24 minutes.  Denver didn’t know what to do with Maxi.
  • On the other side of things… Charlie V 5 points 0n 2-for-6 , 7 boards in 18 minutes.  At least he’s grabbing boards when his shot inst working.
  • Do we get alarmed with the way Ben Gordon’s season has turned out or do we blame injury or playing time?
  • Some key baskets again from Rodney Stuckey, who scored 19 with 7 boards and six assists.  Was he trying to show Chauncey up?  I would be trying to if I was him, but what his stat line does suggest is that he’s turning into a complete player.
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  • Jonas Jerebko can’t get a call to save his life.  When will this kid get some respect from the refs?  The whistle was going against the Swede all night long and his playing time was hampered by fouls.  Just 18 minutes with 9 points on 4-for-5 shooting with and assist and 2 boards.  How great was it to see Jonas shirts and horn in the crowd in Denver.  The Need4Swede is everywhere.
  • The Pistons really played a good 48 even though they didn’t come out ahead.  Board war won 50 to 38 and they had 21 assists on the night.
  • Little disappointed in Detroit’s free throw shooting lately.
  • Chauncey with 25 on the night with 2 assists and 4 turnovers.  The man is still Mr. Big shot no matter where he is.
  • I caught Chauncey’s post game interview and noticed something funny sitting in his locker.  A white lunch bag with different colored hearts all over it,  I think his wife Piper must have packed him a post game snack.  My guess PBJ and a Capri Sun.
  • Plenty of Blocked shots in this one.  Detroit blocked 5 and Denver 7.
  • Chris Wilcox and Kwame Brown not active for this one because of health reasons.
  • Highlights of The Game via NBA.com

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  • Anyone else notice Jason Maxiell’s jump shot has been money lately?
  • Rip led the Pistons with 20 on 5-for-17 shooting with 5 assists and 6 boards.  He’s looking better and better ever game.
  • Bynum just doesn’t look right lately.
  • One points shy of a double-double for Ben Wallace, who scored 9 with 10 boards a steal and 2 blocked shots.  Where would this season be without him?
  • So…can we officially say we are going for the ping pong balls now?
  • Tonight against the Warriors.

The Pistons didn’t pull the trigger on any deal before the deadline today.  I know many of  you are very disappointed.  Now, and I can’t say that I blame you, but  I saw some crazy trade machine concoctions from a lot of Pistons fans over the last month.  I disregarded all of them to be honest,  I leave the GM’ng to the GM’s.  I didn’t think a trade where Detroit lands Amare, Kaman, and Chris Bosh by only giving up Kwame Brown, Charlie V and a pair of Sheed’s old AF1′s working out.

Let’s be honest people, Detroit isn’t the sexy city that can woo free agents.  We need gritty hungry players that will do whatever it takes to win.  The stuporstars aren’t waiting in line to come to the D to play and spend their weekends hanging at the local Coney Island (and that’s not a knock on Lafayette or Leo’s by any means).  A lot of things would have to fall in place for a player like D Wade or Bosh to want to sign with the Pistons.

Aren’t we used to that by now?

Surely you didn’t want Joe to make a trade for the sake of making a trade did you? It’s not like we are in the hunt for the title. I used to think I had a handle on how Joe worked, but after he traded away our rock for the anti Piston, anything could happen.  I will say with some kind of certainty that Joe was probably trying to move both Rip and Tay.  He had to, but he doesn’t have fire sales.

So we wait this season out, hope for some action around the NBA draft, and hope for the best.  The whole organization is in transition, and so are the fans. Hold tight, it’s going to be a bumpy, turbulent filled trip on the Roundball (3), let’s just hope we all make it out one piece.

One last thing, cross your fingers that this never happens again.

At this point most of us don’t want to rehash Detroit’s 12th loss in a row. A loss to one of the few teams in the league that had a worse record than they did. A team that the Pistons could and should have beaten on their home court to try to get at lease a semblance of what they can be back.

After the 104-94 loss to the Sixers at the Palace, where the Pistons were down by 29 at one point, you have to wonder what exactly is happening.

  • Yes all the injuries happened, but when the Pistons were down Rip, Tay, and Gordon we managed to put together a nice winning streak.
  • How do you go from being totally in 2 games with elite teams like Dallas and the Spurs and then get blown out by the Sixers?
  • Where do we place the blame? Can we point fingers?
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  • This is not Michael Curry madness, but at times you have to wonder how Kuester is handling things.  Is he having a hard time getting things straight with most of his lineup back?  I would say that’s a big part.
  • Would we be calling for Curry’s head if he coached this team into their worst losing streak since the early 90′s?  I think we would have after about 6 losses.
  • Will Bynum hasn’t played in a while, resting his sore ankles.  Tayshaun Prince, played only 10 first quarter minutes because of left knee soreness, and Rodney Stuckey also failed to make it out of the first half, bothered by right knee soreness.  That’s never good, but even without those three, the Pistons still had the talent to at least win one of the last 12.
  • Why aren’t they gelling?
  • They keep digging themselves in a hole in the first quarter, that’s got to tell you something about the starting lineup right?
  • Rotation, rotation, it’s all about rotation and it looks like Kuester’s is in turmoil.
  • Ben Wallace can’t be the only one who can anchor the defense and it clearly looks like he is.  So if they have no D, they have to be an offensive juggernaut….and they clearly are not that either.
  • Is it point guard issues?  That’s part of it.
  • They clearly have stopped playing as a team, it seems that everyone is trying to unsuccessfully take over games by themselves. I don’t even think I need mention name here, because most of the players have been guilty of it.
  • We can go on and on, we can come up with all the trade scenarios that we want, but a trade at this point isn’t going to fix a team that should be winning to win.
  • They have to fix it now before they can move forward.
  • As always, I would like to know what you think.  So leave what you will in the comments.

Something little to make some of you smile…

As I sat in my seat before tip off of the Sixers game Mason announced on the PA system that Allen Iverson was injured and didn’t travel with his team.  And even though he wasn’t in the building, the Palace crowd let him have it.  I was part of the boos and that’s probably the only thing I smiled about all night.

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The Pistons vs. The Sixers

The 11-23 Pistons take on the 10-25 Philadelphia 76rs Saturday night at the Palace.  This would have been the first time Detroit fana would have a chance to see Allen Iverson since his “injury” forced him to stop playing for the Pistons last season.

AI’s arthritic knee has stopped him from taking the court in Detroit.

Philadelphia has the second worst record in the Eastern Conference.

The Sixers have lost both meetings with the Pistons this season after winning four of the previous five in the series.

Injury Report:

  • No Will Bynum, who’s still bothered by ankle injuries.
  • Rodney Stuckey will play.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:30 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Detroit. For the radio broadcast tune in to 950 WWJ or follow the action over at NBA.com .

This is it, I really feel a victory tonight.

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Thanks to a clutch basket at the end of the game from Rodney Stuckey the  Pistons beat their former teammate Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers 90-86.

Rodney played great all night and poured in 27 points to lead all scorers.

  • Rodney Stuckey Post Game Interview

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  • Solid play from Kwame Brown and Chucky Atkins.
  • 12 turnovers – it’s getting better.
  • 11 points for LIEverson on 3-for-10 shooting.   I said before the game that if he got more than 12 I would be disappointed.
  • The Need4Sweed indeed…. Jonas with 17 second half points.
  • Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko highlights.

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  • No Ben Gordon, who sat out nursing his ankle.
  • Will Bynum seems to have sprained his other ankle playing just 18 minutes in the win.
  • What do we have to do to get Rodney more time at the 2 when everyone is healthy?
  • I’m leaving the rest of the recap to you, Need4Sheed has been bitten by the flu bug, so please feel free to fill in where I left off.
  • Highlights of the Game NBA.com

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The 8-12 Pistons are in  Philadelphia to take on the 5-16 76ers, with their newly acquired guard Allen Iverson. I know that there are still plenty of Iverson fans around the league, but I bet you won’t hear Pistons fans speaking too kindly about “The Answer.”

In Iversons’ first game back with the team who drafted him,  his Sixers ironically took on Chauncey Billups and the Denver Nuggets. Iverson put up 11 in his debut, while Ba Ba Ba Billups lit the 76ers up for 31.

Still no solid answer about Rip Hamilton or Tayshaun Prince returning to the floor, and now it looks like Ben Gordon could be sidelined as well.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip is at 7:00 pm EST and will be televised on Fox Sports Plus. For the radio broadcast tune into WWJ AM 950 or follow the action on NBA.com.

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