Posted by Bob Biscigliano in Allen Iverson, Detroit Pistons, Joe Dumars, Pistons have no heart and seek advice Tin Woodsman
One of my friends wanted to know why the Detroit Pistons are still being shown on national television. ESPN probably didn't anticipate this not being an exciting game. (If all else fails then at least it's still a game with King Lebron James, right?).
Tonight however, it was more like advertising just how bad the Detroit Pistons have been. In fact, it felt a lot like the last few Lions' Thanksgiving Day games where we're given this automatic national television slate, almost out of pity, and we absolutely abuse by embarrassing ourselves.
What did it for me tonight--aside from having Doris Burke calling the action--was during a time out early in the game. MIchael Curry was trying to fire up his team while everyone just sat on the bench with defeated looks. Iverson's slouching posture stuck out to me in particular as it's not only terrible for his back, but he had the face of a guy that just lost his puppy after it was run over by an 18-wheeler (this is a metaphor for how Lebron made Iverson look later when he dunked on him AND blocked one of AI's shots practically into the upper deck, killling a small child and injuring another).
The Stones had no heart, no pride, no... well, stones. Here's a news flash for you Walter Kronkite, if you are down 30+ points heading into the locker room at halftime, you either better call up Frank Reich or kill everyone last one of them and let the kiddies playing during halftime stay and play out the second half. My zany prediction is that they would at least play with more passion than the Pistons have been playing with recently. Who knows?
I do know that the Pistons are now sitting at .500, have lost 10 of their last 13 games, and are on a losing streak of six games (their longest since before Rasheed's arrival in 2004.)
I just threw up.
The Pistons are also in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since the first year post-Grant Hill (2001) ((as it stands now they are just a game and a half ahead of the 8th and final spot in the Eastern Conference and only three games ahead of the current 9th ranked team, Chicago)).
I just threw up again.
The one thing we can look forward to is that Iverson, Sheed, and possibly others will be gone after this season. It's easy for people to look back and point to the Chauncey trade and call that a terrible move. While I will agree that AI is 90-some percent responsible for this team's meltdown, I still back the move made by Dumars 113%. You will too in a couple years. Until then, I guess we'll have to wait and see--that is also, coincidentally enough, Walter Hermann's response to girls asking how clean he is before you know...