Strangely, Erick Dampier Is the Key To Detroit Pistons’ Credibility

September 15th, 2010 by Jay Wierenga Leave a reply »
Okay, before you roll your eyes and destroy me for making too much of Erick Dampier and his talent, hear me out.

First off, I have not just gone completely insane and pinned the Detroit Pistons' hopes and dreams on a journeyman center that has never been anything but a disappointment on every team he has played on.

Dampier is not good, and if Detroit signs him, they will not necessarily be a better team.

But Detroit has to sign Dampier.


The reason that Detroit has to sign the newly waived Dampier has less to do with Dampier and more to do with the bizarre moves that have been made, or in this case nearly made, by team president Joe Dumars.

I have already talked about the strange past two years of moves by Dumars ad nauseum so I will stick with this summer as my baseline. But anyone that has followed this team will tell you that that is probably being generous.

When Dumars signed Tracy McGrady, I admittedly read him the riot act. And I am not going to get into all of the reasons that I hate this move. Instead, I will focus on one of the arguments that got somewhat lost in the shuffle.

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