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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.

He hasn’t gotten to Detroit yet and it isn’t really official yet, but Brandon Jennings the new Detroit Piston has been tooned.  I wouldn’t have done this so quickly, but when I shot out a question to my twitter followers about what hairstyle I should toon Brandon in, I got the best answer from @evan4623.  Toon ‘em all!  I have a feeling I’m going to be retooning his hair all season.

I myself am partial to the Gumby cut.

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Yes, Brandon Jennings is a Piston.  Are you happy?

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope CartoonThat’s right, I finally got around to tooning the Pistons first round draft pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.  We’ll have to wait to see him hitting shots at The Palace, but at least we can see what he looks like animated.

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I had a sad realization on Saturday night as I was watching the #Pistons take on the Bobcats.

I shouldn’t care that much when this team beats the Bobcats on a second shot by Charlie Villanueva.

I don’t know about you, but I always considered myself a true Pistons fan. I understand that they are in a transition and working towards building the team back up. I don’t expect record-breaking crowds at the Palace. I don’t think a sought after free agent will sign with this team unless some sort of blackmail is involved. I’m not expecting Tom Gores to do the things that Bill Davidson may have done to make Detroit a contender. I don’t think lottery balls will ever fall in the Pistons favor. I can go on and on.

I have taken things a little different in regards to watching the team the past few years. Contrary what most people think I am a team person not a player person. I know you wouldn’t think that since you are on a site called Need4Sheed, but it’s true. I may like certain players, but at the end of the day I’m all about the team. So when this team started their transition into what they are right now I started mine too.

George Blaha BobbleHeadI didn’t get a stomach ache any more after a team loss. I didn’t have to take the exact same route to the game. I stopped doing my little ritual when passing by a certain landmark on the way to ensure that the Pistons won. I didn’t find it necessary to always walk into the same door at the Palace when attending a game. I didn’t make sure I rubbed the top of George Blaha’s bobble head like he was a Buddha and say “count that baby and a foul,” before I sat down to watch a road game in my living room.

In other words, I stopped acting nuts.

So on Saturday night when I was watched Detroit struggle to beat a team that have just as many wins in the past two seasons as Michael Jordan’s jersey number I realized I care just as much about this team as I did when they were dominating the eastern conference. I had to record the game because I had a birthday party to go to, but when I got to the restaurant I noticed they had a bar with a bunch of TV screens. All of them on the NCAA tournament but one. The one at the very end where nobody was sitting was turned to the Pistons game. Heck with the birthday party, I grabbed my drink and plopped down in front of the Pistons game and watched the last quarter of the game.

I cheered,  squirmed in my seat, and I was a little too loud when Charlie V hit his shot. I cheered because I cared, and so did the team. A win, even though it didn’t really matter, mattered more than I ever thought it could.

So I can pretend that I don’t really care as much as I used to, but I’d be lying to myself.

It’s the little things that make you realize how much you love things even when they may not be as good as they used to be. I look forward to being as nuts as I used to be.

To the future of the Pistons.

 

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It’s like a Charlie Brown Christmas, you can’t go the holiday season without watching Rasheed Wallace and company remix Jingle Bells.

Here you have it, a Pistons rendition of Jingle Bells. Featuring Jason Maxiell, Amir Johnson, Will Blalock (probably his biggest staring role one court or off) and the oh so jolly Rasheed Wallace.

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Happy Holidays

Now that the #Pistons got the Bobcats to take Ben Gordon off their hands are you hoping, like I am, that Joe Dumars is going to make a move or two tonight?

As everyone gears up for the NBA draft, yours truly is headed off to The Palace of Auburn Hills for their annual Draft party. I’ll be tweeting live with any information that I might have. I’ll try to send some pictures and live video from the party and hopefully get a little of Joe Dumars post draft announcement on tape for you.

Follow @need4sheed_comIf you have any questions feel free to tweet them to me, but if you want me to run up to Dumars and ask him why he traded Chauncey or drafted Darko you can forget it…I did that two years ago and he gave me the stink eye.

Tweet me  @Need4Sheed_com or leave your thoughts in the comments.

For those of you who have kids or are young enough to want to learn something from one of your favorite Pistons, Jonas Jerebko is willing to teach you. You can join Jonas this summer at Jonas Jerebko’s Elite Basketball Camp.

The summer camp will be held at Rochester Adams High School from June 18th – June 21st and is open to both boys and girls, ages 7 to 15 yrs. Jonas Jerebko will be in attendance the entire camp, as well as appearances by additional NBA players, elite athletic trainers and nutritionists. JJ Basketball Camp is open to players of all skill levels and cost $200 per day camper. Register online at:  www.JJbasketballcamp.com or apply for a Scholarship to the camp.
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For those of you or your kids who end up going, I’m sure it will be SWEDEtastic!
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