Michael Curry did a Q&A with The Sporting News. besides the usual questions I particularly took notice to his answer to this one and the ones that followed.
The Sporting News: When you look at what the Pistons have done over the last few years, there’s been a tremendous amount of success. You’ve won a lot of games, you’ve gone far in the playoffs, conference finals. At some point, doesn’t it just come down to being a good team that just gets some bad bounces here and there?
Michael Curry: At the end of the season, if you don’t win a championship, you can walk away from the year feeling either disappointment or frustration. When you are disappointed, it’s just because you weren’t good enough. You got beat by a better team and, OK, that happens. Frustration is different. That means that, at times, you were the best team in the league. And then, at other times, you were a no-show. That’s where we are.
There is frustration within the organization, frustration coming from fans, even frustration with the media. I don’t know how many times I heard you guys in the media say you don’t know which Detroit Pistons team is going to show up. You’re right. How do we lose to Dallas by 20, then, the next night, go into San Antonio, second night of a back-to-back, and win? That shouldn’t happen.
SN: Is it just a matter of consistency?
MC: Yes. We can be two different teams at times. You look at Boston, they were first in the league defensively. We were second. The difference is, when you played Boston, they were going to be the best defensive team every night. They played you the same way. With us, we would be up and down. The question is, how can we make sure we are the same team, every night?
SN: But how do you do that?
MC: We’ll see. We’ll be holding people accountable when they need to be.
I hope Coach Curry isn’t just saying the right things, or all the things that everyone else is thinking. If he actually does hold players accountable for their actions does that really translate losses to wins?