April 17th, 2014 at 5:05 PM
By Sean Walters
Tonight at 8 PM Eastern ESPN will air the newest documentary in their critically acclaimed 30 for 30 series, “Bad Boys.” The documentary will focus on those old school Detroit Pistons teams that weren’t afraid to get dirty.
The tagline for the documentary reads “What if I told you that sometimes you gotta be bad… to be good?” That says it all. These guys were the definition of physical, it was their calling card, and the reason they were so good.
Players such as Bill Laimbeer, Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman, and Vinnie Johnson were perfect for the city of Detroit, and perfect for the hard-nosed style of basketball they played there. They would knock you down, push you over, and then literally punch you in the mouth with no apologies. On the court these guys were bad, and everyone knew it.
The Bad Boys of Detroit were the pioneers for tough physical basketball on both ends of the floor in the 80’s. When other teams tried to match up, it just didn’t work out and the Pistons quite literally knocked them out. The Bad Boys hit their peak in 1989 winning their first title, then successfully defending it in 1990. Their streak came to an end in 1991 when they lost to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals. The series is best remembered for when the Pistons players walked off the court early, refusing to shake hands with the Bulls players.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 16th, 2014 at 10:30 PM
By Sean Walters
In a season full of disappointment why would the final game be any different for the Detroit Pistons? The Pistons dropped the final game of their season Wednesday night to the Thunder by the final of 112-111 in nail-biting fashion.
The game meant nothing for the Pistons, but a ton for the Thunder. The Thunder were one of a few teams that weren’t clinched into a seed coming into the NBA’s final night. With a win Oklahoma City would lock up the second seed, but a loss to the Pistons and a Clipper win would result in the Thunder sliding down to the third seed.
The Thunder played all of their regulars, but the Pistons looked like the team who wanted it more. Detroit executed offensively and led for literally the entire game. Every time the Thunder made a run the Pistons had an answer, something they had been lacking as they just rolled over in numerous games lately.
The Pistons got balanced scoring as four starters (Greg Monroe, Andre Drummond, Kyle Singler, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) all scored 20 or more. The star of the night was Calwdwell-Pope who had a career night going for 30 points and 6 rebounds including five 3-pointers. Caldwell-Pope was given the nod after Rodney Stuckey was held out of the lineup, and he certainly made the most of his opportunity.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 16th, 2014 at 3:41 PM
By Max DeMara
Despite the fact that the 2014 NBA season has not yet concluded, a few names have already begun to emerge for the vacant Detroit Pistons' general manager position, left empty by the resignation of Joe Dumars just one day ago.
Interestingly enough, both have significant previous Detroit ties. According to Marc Stein of ESPN, both Scott Perry and Grant Hill will be in the mix when the Pistons begin to conduct interviews for their next boss.
In various years between 2000-2012, Perry served as the vice president of basketball operations in Detroit, leaving to work in Orlando prior to the 2013 season. He had previously left Detroit to be the assistant general manager with the Seattle Supersonics during the 2007-08 season and quickly returned once the franchise relocated to Oklahoma City.
Hill has barely been retired so much as held a high-level front office job in the NBA. Famously, he played with Detroit from 1994-2000 while often being viewed as the franchise's superstar savior. Though he never quite reached that level of stardom, many still have a soft spot for Hill thanks to his soft-spoken demeanor and leadership attributes. From that standpoint, his selection would certainly be interesting.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 15th, 2014 at 1:24 PM
By Sean Walters
The Detroit Pistons announced Monday that effective immediately Joe Dumars is out as President of Basketball Operations. After almost three decades together, it was time for this marriage to end.
In a statement, the Pistons said “Joe Dumars is a great champion who has meant so much to this franchise and this community. We are turning the page with great respect for what he has accomplished not only as a player and a front office executive, but as a person who has represented this team and the NBA with extraordinary dignity.”
Dumars will stay on with more of an advising role, but it is expected he will have no power in the decision making process of building the team.
Dumars had a good run with the Pistons, but he simply changed his strategy in terms of putting a team together after the success he had winning the title in 2004. A 2004 team that had no real stars, but was built with blue-collar team-first guys that wanted to win. After that core had moved on Dumars routinely took risky swings and misses on guys such as Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, and his latest acquisition Josh Smith. All have led to catastrophic results in the win/loss column for the Pistons.Read more... Join the Conversation...
April 13th, 2014 at 6:57 PM
By Sean Walters
The Detroit Pistons lost two more games this weekend to bring their overall record to 29-52, the eighth worst in the league.
The first loss of the weekend came Friday night in Chicago against the Bulls. Detroit led for the entire game, and was up as many as 18 at one point, but the Pistons couldn’t hold off a scrappy Bulls squad. The Pistons simply gave up in the fourth quarter where they were outscored 36-18. Yes, you read that correctly, in the money quarter the Pistons were doubled up by the Bulls on the way to a 106-98 loss. The Pistons didn’t want to be out there in the final quarter, and it showed. The game was a direct reflection of the types of seasons the two teams have had. The Bulls fought together, and made a run. The Pistons collapsed under the pressure, and ultimately gave up.
The positive on the night was the monster game from young big man Andre Drummond who finished with 26 points and 26 boards. The 26 rebounds tied his career-high. Drummond was able to dominate one of the best centers in the game, Joakim Noah, and showed just how far his game has come since he entered the league.Read more... Join the Conversation...