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Thursday, June 12, 2008

DOUBTING DUMARS

James raises an interesting point...

I like that hating on Detroit article. For whom are we to question the ways of Dumars? If Dumars is to trade away our all star player, then let it be thy will. For his is the vision! If Dumars trades 1 Rasheed, he will surely net 2 Rips; a good deal if there is one. For, other than the stain of Darko, what hath Dumars done that errs from the path of Basketball Righteousness? Can't you see another run next year?


Well first off, ESPN doesn't seem to realize that hiring Avery Johnson would be a mistake. Looking at Avery's track record over the last 2 years we see that he was upset by his former boss Don Nelson in 2007 and then lost his team for 2008. The truth is the Little General is basically Scott Skiles with an annoying voice and it would only be a matter of time before Sheed would strangle him.

For the new coach, I was leaning towards Rudy Tomjanovich. He has 2 rings from coaching Houston in the 1990s. While he has the reputation of a players coach, he is obsessive and demanding and could most certainly push the Pistons to play to their potential. On top of that, having Number 45 that close to Big Blue again would help Beilein with recruiting. But from what I have read about Michael Curry, I'm at least willing to give Joe D. a chance.

However, to answer James' question, there have been a handful of disappointing moves by Joe Dumars...

- In 2006 after the departure of Ben Wallace, Dumars signed chump-change Nazr Muhammed to a 5 year $30 million dollar contract. Luckily he was bailed out by the mildly brain damaged Michael Jordan when he offered Walter Herrmann and Primoz Brezec for that dead weight contract.

- In 2001, a weak draft, Dumars drafted Rodney White ahead of Joe Johnson, Richard Jefferson, Gerald Wallace, Tony Parker, and Gilbert Arenas.

- One of the biggest failures was his inability to find a decent supporting cast to the starting 6 prior to 2008. From prior playoff runs let us not forget the limited contributions of Elden Campbell, Carlos Arroyo, Carlos Delfino, Maurice Evans, Tony Delk, and Flip Murray.

- Though of course James is right, nobody will forget drafting Darko ahead of all-stars, Carmello Anthony, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade, David West, and Josh Howard.

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