Detroit Pistons: How Joe Dumars Needs To Get His Groove Back

June 24th, 2010 by Thomas Knapp Leave a reply »
2004 feels like forever ago, doesn't it?

It's rather interesting how that team was built, and how it demonstrated to the league that Joe Dumars wasn't at all afraid of making an unconventional move that defied common knowledge.

Jerry Stackhouse for Rip Hamilton.

Grant Hill for Ben Wallace and Chucky Atkins.

Taking the chance on Chauncey Billups after he had bounced around more often than Christopher Walken in a Fatboy Slim video.

Taking the chance on Rasheed Wallace after he had demonstrated he was the third most insane human being in the NBA behind Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson.

Don't let Dumars try to fool you; those were risky moves.  Those don't pay off, and the Pistons are one of the worst teams in the history of the NBA.

Which is why it is so jarring six years later, to see none of the risk-taker in Joe Dumars anymore.

Maybe it was the catastrophic flop of Darko Milicic. Maybe it was the trade of Chauncey Billups blowing up in his face.  But lately, it seems like the heart of the Bad Boys has gone timid.

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