Detroit Pistons Need Another Adrian Dantley in the Low Post

February 9th, 2011 by Greg Eno Leave a reply »
They used to call it, both in jest and with some annoyance, “The Black Hole.”

The Pistons were the team, and they sometimes ran a funny kind of offense.

The basketball would get dumped into the low post—an area that today’s Pistons are totally unfamiliar with—and then it was like someone pressed pause on a DVD player.

Three, four seconds would go by while the recipient of the ball decided what to do with it.

Passing the ball to Adrian Dantley was akin to tossing it into a black hole. Hence the nickname.

The reference was made also because once the ball went to Dantley, no one else was getting it back, except for the other team.

Dantley was 6′5″, a Lilliputian among the giants who played in the paint, basketball for “I can see the basket without binoculars.”

The Pistons got Dantley from the Utah Jazz in the summer of 1986 in pretty much a one for one swap for Kelly Tripucka, though there were supporting players involved in the trade.

Dantley was a scorer, through and through. Defense was a dirty word to A.D. He was as one-dimensio ...

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