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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.

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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.

The 17-25 #Pistons will host the 16-25 New Orleans Pelicans Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The struggling Pistons will try to make things right on their home court against the Pelican’s team that’s won the last three against Detroit.

The good: It’s getting even more difficult to pick out the positives for this Pistons team. Besides the budding All-Star the team has in Andre Drummond, the only real thing to look forward to is a Pistons deal before the trade deadline. And even that we can have concerns with.
The bad: Detroit continually loses games they should win, they can’t seem to hold on to late game leads, and they are utterly awful on their home court. Detroit has given up 110.8 points per game on 49.1 percent shooting, including 40.2 from beyond the arc while dropping 9 of 11.
To top it off, I personally don’t trust Joe Dumars to make a legitimately sound deal. We may want to see things change, but are truly scared to be in a worse position after a deal is done.
The unknown: Can Detroit win this one against a short handed Pelicans team with Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday out? Anderson was a big reason why the Pistons lost the last one to New Orleans.
Injuries: Pistons: None
Pelicans: Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Jason Smith are out.

Stat: Greg Monroe scored a season-high 28 points at New Orleans (12/11).
Stat: New Orleans won the opener and swept the season series last season and has won three straight as well as five straight games
at New Orleans Arena against Detroit.
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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

To say it’s been a rough few years for the Detroit Pistons is an understatement.  We have watched them go from perennial Eastern Conference powerhouse and NBA Champions to the butt of jokes in town that could barely get people in the seats at the Palace. And you know what…it hasn’t been easy to watch.

Isiah ThomasAs a fan of this basketball team since Isiah was drafted, I can say it’s taken a toll on me personally.  I learned the NBA game watching the Detroit Pistons. I was just youngster when this team was starting to make their mark in the NBA when Boston and the Lakers dominated the league. I watched with shared heartache as when they came so close but let it slip away.  And when they finally broke through and won their first championship I reveled in the joy of  it all.

The road took this team on an incredible journey that very few franchises get to experience. The driver behind the trip was a great man named Bill Davidson that left his mark on the sports world by taking team ownership in sports to another level and built the foundation to the way they things are run today.  He trusted the right people, let them do their jobs and gave them the leeway to build winning teams.  And for that we will all remember him for what he did. His legacy will be one not forgotten, but it’s what happened after him that most of us would like to forget.

I am a fan of this team first and foremost.  Personnel, players and coaches change, but the Detroit Pistons will always be where the love is.  I never meant to invest a good part of my time and my life to this team, it just happened.  I’ve spent more money on tickets than I care to remember on and even more time watching, writing and losing sleep over the years.  And I wouldn’t trade if for the world.  Except a few blunders in the playoffs, an inbound pass that was picked off and a very memorable incident leaving of a certain 3-point shooter open.

Despite all the bad in past seven or so seasons, I’ve never wavered.  It hurt, but I kept on watching, reading and investing my time just like I had been for years. It was even more difficult for me as people around me (knowing that I do this little Need4Sheed thing) mocked the team, laughed at me and told me to run for the hills until better days and better games.

Detroit Pistons All Stars 2007

I didn’t.

The one thing I did do however is spoke the truth about what was going on with Detroit Basketball.  I love this team, but I’m not homer when it comes to putting blinders on when things go wrong.  I’m not an employee of the franchise and I don’t have to tow the company line. Things were awful.

Joe Dumars kept the band together while teams around him in the division got stronger.  When he finally made a move he essentially traded away the heart and soul for an aging superstar that would relieve the cap while causing issues the entire season on and off the court.  He brought in coaches that didn’t work, made horrible free agent signings, questionable and draft picks.  He even has player mutiny during his tenure.  I mean, did you ever think that the Rip Hamilton situation would end that way?  You can’t blame it all on Dumars as he tried to do what he could while the team was up for sale, but he could have done better.

It was one revolting development after another.  Just when you thought things would get better, they didn’t.  I love the team, but I never defended what was going on.

Are the tides changing for the better? It  sure looks that way.  The summer has brought big changes to this team, some that I’m excited about, some that I’m not.  Will they make a difference, I think so. New coach, new players, new enthusiasm means something to a franchise that is starving for the glory of season past. There hasn’t been this much talent on this team in a long time.

So this Pistons fan fells good today.  This is the first year in quite some time that I am overly excited to head off to the Palace on Wednesday night and watch my team open the 2013-2014 season. I am hoping for a year in which I won’t be mocked for still being a fan.  A year that It won’t be so easy to get tickets to the Palace on a night other than a Heat game.  A year that I will be happy standing in long lines to get popcorn.  A year that I will be happy writing recaps of games and putting a W by the schedule.  A year of promise.

Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond

This is my team.

I’m still here.

It’s time to take a look at all the new players on this Pistons roster. I’ll tell you one thing it’s going to be incredibly exciting, but also worrying. Detroit has a heck of a lot of talent, new hope but one thing keeps haunting me and that is…Josh Smith is not that good. I’ll get to that, but first let me run down the excitement with what seems will be our starting lineup in no particular order:

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Greg Monroe – Clearly Moose is our best player right now. He can operate out of the post he has interior passing, he can play the pick and roll, he can play inside out, he has an incredible basketball IQ, his only drawback is below average foot speed. Moose is going to be better this year than last year, and is already a leader of this team. I sometimes hear about people who want to trade Moose and I just don’t get it.

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Andre Drummond – Comparisons for his ceiling are now, Shaq, Howard, Robinson. He’s an incredible athlete. There are no more concerns about his motor, his attitude, his game. All the reasons he dropped down to us in the draft are nothing now. Other teams have only regrets that they passed on the most exciting young center in the NBA. His game is not polished, and it will take years of work for him to get where he needs to go. But he can already do what he needs to do for us, finish at the rim, defend, and block. If you want to find a single word that describes the difference between perhaps the biggest bust in NBA history . . . Darko over Bosh, Melo and Wade and this amazing pick of Dre falling to us, that difference is soft hands. Darko was never going to make it in the NBA. It’s not his fault; he just does not have the hands for it. Dre on the other hand, is a freak of nature, great strength, agility and hands that the never drop the rock. There was a mistake that Dumars made selecting Darko and that was insufficient scouting. Ever since then, Dumars has been on top of his game, sure he has made some mistakes, like Brandon Knight or Daye, but they were never again a bad pick like Darko merely because he didn’t know the player. Dumars knew more than I think anyone else what Dre’s potential is when he picked him.

Chauncey Billups Detroit Pistons 2013

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Chauncey Billups – Nothing pleases me more than to see Billups suit up again in the red white & blue. He will be forced into a position he is not very pleased with, a shooting guard. He would rather, I think come off the bench and lead the second unit as the point guard. We’ll see as the season goes where he ends up.  Mo Cheeks wants to reward vets by starting them, and making rooks earn their position.

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Brandon Jennings – the other Brandon. This is a point guard with only one decent arm, the left, but he is able to take care of the rock, work the pick and roll, and be a more complete player than Brandon Knight could be with both hands. I have come around to Jennings’ game, he is just the kind of player that we need to fit in along with our towers. One thing that will be there, with Jennings at the helm that might not be immediately obvious is that we will be able to take care of the rock. For the past few years, we have been a turnover prone team, but now with Jennings as our point guard, we will find it easier to score, easier to defend, and not be constantly chasing the other team in transition. Turnovers makes everything about basketball difficult, and with our new Brandon, it will all get a lot easier. No matter how many times I watched that commercial with Brandon Knight dribbling it didn’t make his handle any better.

Jennings has a decent handle.

Josh Smith Detroit Pistons 2013

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Josh Smith – I look at Smith and I am forced to remember what Joe has done with other free agent signings. Allen Iverson (yeah not a real free agent but I’m including it anyway) Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva and now Josh Smith. Each time it’s the same problem. These are not bad players, the problem is that Dumars gets a bit of money in his pocket, it burns a hole in it and he has to spend it all. Ben Gordon would have been a great shooting guard off the bench at $6 million a year. Instead his salary was $12 million. Charlie V is a decent stretch 4 who can shoot the 3 with a very quick release, not as accurate as a shooting guard, but able to stretch the defense, and has a drawback of no defense. He would have been a great pick up at $4 million a year, instead we have him at $8 million. Allen Iverson, well I think everyone in Detroit can agree he’s poison. If you are from Philly you can argue how he’s one of the greatest of all time, but if you are from Michigan, well, he was horrible here.

And now Josh Smith $14 million for four years.

He’s a good player, but why does Joe have to overpay like this? Josh Smith does not fit well as a small forward in our team. This is the position where he has had the least success in his career, shooting ill-advised jumpers and what is more, with Moose and Dre on the floor, we will want him to shoot the three to stretch the defense, a shot that he falls in love with too easily. Yes he is a great defender, he gives us an answer to Melo or LeBron, but he creates problems for us on offense. Moose will be forced to shoot that jumper that he hasn’t been able to make last year, while Smith at small forward will want to use the mismatch to post up, but how can you post up with the paint clogged? You look at our pre-season games you see a lot of problems scoring, Josh is just not a good enough player to justify his salary, and Mo is pretty much forced to start him. Everything about the Josh Smith acquisition makes me worry. Spacing problems, poor shot selection, and our highest paid player playing out of position. If only we had him with less money, then we could bring him off the bench play him at a more natural power forward but you can’t do that when you pay so much.

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Tony Mitchell is going to be good later, but for now he’s not NBA ready. Peyton Siva will be ready sometime later this year, but you can see he is just not used to the NBA athletes yet. Josh “Jorts” Harrellson was a cheap great pickup by Joe, though he hasn’t played enough minutes for us in pre-season what I have seen looks good. Gigi Datome, please heal up they will need your 3 point shooting. Datome was a great acquisition by Dumars. Singler, and Jerebko are going to thrive under Mo Cheeks you can tell he likes players who play hard on both the offense and defense and is willing to let them shoot themselves out of any slumps. KCP another great pick by Joe Dumars. I was a homer for Trey Burke for the longest time, but the more I see of KCP the more I like him, he can shoot, defend, has good size, and will be forced to earn his way into the starting lineup. Bynum, we are going to need him as a spare point guard, even though it seems like we have a lot of point guards after last year (when it seemed like we had none). Even in the preseason Bynum has played a lot of minutes because of injuries. Oh and Charlie Villanueva, I think he will be warming the bench a lot. Something about not playing any defense has rubbed our new coach the wrong way. Don’t get me wrong I like Charlie V, but he can’t just play one side of the floor. Stuckey I have always liked his game, but he is not a good fit because he can’t shoot jump shots. I hope he finds a good team somewhere else to play for, and put his “Hey” to good use.

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This team should make the playoffs based on the talent of two of our bigs Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond and the fact that they have a giant talent upgrade through the entire lineup. Did I forget to mention the fact the they have Rasheed Wallace as player development coach on the bench to help them?

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Joe Dumars has created an exciting team, full of new players, talent, athleticism, high basketball IQ, and veteran leadership. There is just one piece that worries me, how is Josh Smith going to fit in.

Joe Durmars picked up the big man he wanted.  According to Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski Detroit reached and agreement with Josh Harrellson.

“Harrelson will hold a partial salary guarantee for the 2013-14 season, and the Pistons will hold the team option for the 2014-15 season, a source said.”

The 6-10 Harrellson  was the 45th overall pick out of Kentucky in the 2011 NBA Draft.  spent his entire rookie season  with the Knicks averaging 4.4 point in 14 minutes of play.

In July of 2012 he was traded to the Rockets and then waived in August of 2012. He signed with the Miami Heat in January of 2013 then waived again.

In the short time he was not in the NBA he played in Puerto Rico and China.

It has not been officially announced just yet, but it likely will be today.

Josh Harrelson and GiGi Datome

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This isn’t a head turning deal, but he should be a serviceable big man to back up Andre and Moose. I’m just wondering if he brings the lumber jack bearded look to Detroit, because I’m not sure Gigi wants any competition in the facial hair department.

The newest rumor down the pipe is Brandon Jennings to the Pistons.  Problem is that Joe Dumars vehemently denies any such talks with his old friend John Hammond in Milwaukee.He’s also denying any such talks about bringing Rondo to Detroit or the fact that he would trade Brandon Knight.

Personally I don’t believe Dumars, he’s just not going to show his hand and make his players upset about possible trade rumors if they don’t happen.  As far as Brandon Jennings is concerned, he’s to wishy-washy and selfish for me to want to give anything at all for him.  Sure he can dazzle at times and put up huge nights, but he’s not the type of guy that you build around.

Is this a Pistons summer to remember or what?

Andre Drummond Pistons-vs-SunsIt’s no secret that the Pistons are looking to bring Boston Celtics PG Rajon Rondo to Detroit.  Joe Dumars has made the call, but it will take something that Detroit won’t part with in order to get him, second year sensation Andre Drummond.

Drummond is the Pistons sacred cow, so it’s not likely you’ll see this one going down unless the Celtics change their tune. Joe is willing to send Brandon Knight and an expiring contract, but that just doesn’t cut it. The other problem is that the Pistons can’t even offer a draft pick in the deal because because of the Ben Gordon deal that gave the Bobcats the choice of a Pistons draft pick over the next four seasons.

I’m not going to say I wouldn’t love to have a All Star legitimate PG on this team and Chauncey as his backup, but there is basically no way I’m trading the centerpiece of the team. Drummond has the potential to be a superstar, something Detroit hasn’t seen from a draft pick since Grant Hill. And boy is Dre fun to watch.

Are you in favor of it?

Would you trade Andre Drummond to get Rajon Rondo?

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Joe Dumars landed his free agent in Josh Smith. Smith has agreed to a four-year $56 deal with the Pistons.

According to Yahoo Sports the Pistons pursued Smith the hardest of all free agents.

Like it or not this was the best that Detroit could do. It’s not like Detroit sports fans don’t know that high profile talent don’t want to come to Detroit. With Dumars missing out on Jose Calderon, who signed a deal with the Mavericks and Iguodala who is now a Warrior, if he didn’t land Smith who know what he was or was not going to do.

I’m not a huge Smith fan, nor am I a hater, I mostly worry about his attitude and his inability to knock down jump shots. Do you like the deal?

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