Blessing In Disguise: Detroit Pistons Should Send Sprained Ankles a Fruit Basket

March 12th, 2010 by S. Robert Katz Leave a reply »
Sprained ankles are the best thing that have happened to the Detroit Pistons this season. Don't listen to anyone who tells you different.

I consider myself a realistic and patient basketball fan, but I have a hard time imagining a feasible scenario where Joe Dumars turned what we had at the beginning of this "rebuilding" phase into less.

In November 2008 the Pistons were one of the best teams in the league (second only to Boston, according to '07-'08 win-loss records) with nothing but assets: All-Star quality veterans, young talent, a very manageable payroll, no bad contracts, and Sheed's expiring deal. In short: Limitless flexibility.

What Dumars turned all that into is a jump shooting .500 team (at best) with too few minutes and shots to go around in the backcourt, no inside presence whatsoever, quite a few bad contracts, and extremely limited flexibility.

I understand that rebuilding is rarely easy, but Joe admittedly broke up the team too early in order to make the transition easier, and I can scarcely imagine a more painful pair of seasons than the past two. To say nothing of the apparently bleak future that lies ahead.

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