What Will Joe Do?

Posted by Bob Biscigliano

Piston fans have been sporting their W.W.J.D. bracelets all around town for the past week trying to predict who Joe Dumars would appoint as the new Pistons head coach. Today, that question has been answered as he named former Piston, former NBA Players' Association President, and father of one of my high school classmates, as the man in charge for the 2008-2009 season-Michael Curry. If you looked Curry up in the dictionary you would get the following definitions: 1) a pungent dish of vegetables, onions, meat or fish, etc., flavored with various spices or curry powder, and often eaten with rice 2) a roleplayer who averaged 4½ points, 1.6 rebounds and 20 minutes a game in his career, but was able to stay in the league as a journey-man because of his leadership and tough defensive skills. Joe Dumars is very fond of Curry and feels he is the man to take the Pistons over the Eastern Conference Finals hump that has gotten in the way the past three seasons.

However, if I would have to guess, 90% of Pistons fans probably dislike this move and will be questioning Joe's motivations for making it for the entire off season. Personally, I really like this move. Curry has proven to have a tremendous work ethic that has obviously gained the respect of the players in the NBA or else he would not have been named President of the players' association in the past. Curry brings a defensive minded approach to a team that has seemed to have lost that defensive fire they had in 2004 when they won the title. Not only do the fans question the move, but I'm sure analysts and critics throughout the NBA will too; and will probably count the Pistons out as being favorites in the East. Everyone thinks that Curry's lack of experience and close relationships with the players will be a problem. However, this move could simply put the Pistons back in the underdog role that they embraced so much during the 2004 season. We all know how that worked out for them. Lastly, I like this deal because who else would we have hired? Terry Porter is just as inexperienced and is almost as close to them personally probably. There are not many coaches in the NBA that are SURE THINGS, actually there is probably only one or two (Phil Jackson or Papovich), so why not take a chance with a hard working, proven leader? I'm looking forward to seeing Michael Curry prove the critics and fans wrong.

In addition to the coaching move, there have been a number of rumors circulating the past few days about the moves the Pistons might make in terms of player personnel. News from Miami says that the Pistons are thinking about trading Chauncey Billups to Miami for the #2 pick overall, which would most likely be Beasley. Another rumor is that the Pistons are interested in righting their draft pick in 2003 by trading for Carmelo Anthony. Joe Dumars is the first to admit that he was wrong in drafting Darko. He said he thought the height on paper and his name meant he would pan out to be a real good black basketball player. Unfortunately, he was very white, unathletic, and too much of a chain smoker to run up an down the court. I strongly dislike the Chauncey rumors although having Beasley, Rip, Carmelo, and Stuckey on the floor at the same time sounds awfully lethal and would be for the next decade. Finally, Gilbert Arenas opted out of his contract in Washington so he is also a player that I'm sure will be mentioned as a possibility in coming to Detroit. I'm not sure if any of these rumors will prove true during the off-season, but I can guaransheed that atleast one of the core players will be gone before next season starts, if not two. My guesses would be Tayshaun and Sheed, but then again I'm not Steven A. Smith- although, quite frankly, everything I say IS important.

If you would, please leave your thoughts on the Michael Curry hiring and your prospective trades/deals Joey D may make this off-season. Although the head coaching question has been answered, fans will continue to wear their W.W.J.D bracelets.

I'll leave you with a video from Dave Matthews Band concert live at Folsom Field. I had the privilege of seeing him in concert last night at DTE Energy Theater (DTE, please restore my power in my house. As much as I loved the concert, you think you could take some of the energy you're using for all the electricity at the concert to restore my power at my house before Friday. Thanks). Anyway, he was absolutely amazing. Thanks to Chip's father, I was 3 rows from the stage, soaking wet, not from the rain because we were covered, but because Dave was sweating all over me. Enjoy....



Anonymous   says 5:21 PM

I like the Curry move. I do not like curry.

I think that the Carmelo rumor and the Miami rumor both involve Chauncey Billups so we wouldn't be able to have both Carmelo and Beasley. I also heard that a Carmelo deal would involve both Billups and Maxiell, which would be a mistake- not for getting rid of Billups but for getting rid of Maxiell.

Maxiell is a definite keeper because he has the energy the Pistons as a unit have been lacking since their 2004 championship run. I would really like to keep any Piston that hasn't won a championship (Stuckey, Maxiell, McDyess etc.) because they will play with that hunger from 2004. Plus Maxiell is just flat out good. If we can get a younger star for Chauncey though, straight up, I would definitely do it.

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