Re: Blake Griffin To The Pistons
To be honest, when I heard about this deal, I flipped. I had the "wtf is going on with this team" moment pop in my head. Why are we spinning our wheels, this doesn't truly bring us anywhere unless multiple things occur in the East over the next SEVERAL YEARS.
I used to think SVG was at fault for how the Pistons are becoming mediocre. I've been secretly saying in my head "Fire SVG."
I am realizing now this is all on the ownership. And it must be cultural.
The Pistons will always be mediocre to good. We aren't going to be bad. The ownership genuinely wants to put a good product out there, even to the detriment of our future. So, on the carousel we were riding before, we weren't making moves for any superstars. We were just barely good enough make the playoffs, or barely bad enough to miss the playoffs.
But, at the end of the day, the ownership is putting pressure on management to put a great product out there. Remember, Detroit is a culture of champions. We had back-to-back in the late 80s, early 90s. That team went to 3 straight championships. They could have went to four straight. And they could have won 3 straight champions if not for some very questionable calls in '88. Our streak of NBA Finals ended at the hands of Michael Jordan in the ECF.
Detroit is a culture that created THE MOST DOMINANT defense in NBA history. I can show you the stats. The mid-2000 Pistons could literally shut any team down in NBA history. I don't care what team you threw at them. 6 straight ECF. 2 straight NBA Finals. And one Big Bob Horry from another back-to-back championship.
WE ARE DETROIT BASKETBALL. We are not the Philadelphia 76ers. We are not the disastrous LA Lakers. I don't care for being at the bottom of the league. I don't want to be lumped as a pathetic team. I took that L when the Lions went 0-16 AND WE HAD MEGATRON. That is not a proud moment in our history.
WE SHOULD HAVE PRIDE IN OUR TEAM AT ALL TIMES, WIN OR LOSE, AS LONG AS OWNERSHIP IS TRYING TO GET US WINS.
So here it is. We got Reggie. Outcast from OKC. We got Drummond, who is not taken very seriously in the league. We got a young squad that can make buckets. And now, we got Blake. A man with a chip on his shoulders. A man who was once considered a superstar for a team that discarded him like trash.
Is this kind of feeling like the '04 Pistons again? We have now officially set ourselves up to pick up a couple more pieces and really make noise.