I’m from Boston, and it is practically illegal to root for another team rather then the home town team. So abiding by the law, I was rooting for the Boston Celtics to win it all last year. The only team that worried me heading into last year’s playoffs, was the Cleveland Cavaliers. They are in underrated defensive team, and I remembered how LeBron single-handedly eliminated the Pistons the year before. Once we got thru that series, I didn’t even feel like watching the Celtics go up against the Pistons. Year after year, I watched the Pistons self implode and play with no energy, when it mattered most.
I believe those days are now over with Allen Iverson joining the Detroit Pistons via trade for Chauncy Billups and Antonio McDyess. This will provide a buzz around town, and in the locker room.
I bet your wondering why I feel a 33 year old player with a sketchy past will take the Pistons over the hump.
The Pistons are and have been a streaky, jump shooting finesse team with out a real go to guy. You know somebody that can get a shot whenever they want. Billups was the player that was supposed to fill that role, but over the last few years it was clear he lost that hunger that earned him the nick name Mr. Big Shot. Joe Dumars President of Basketball operation knew this, and he knew something had to be done. It is kind of surprise that this deal wasn’t worked out before training camp, as a team is always better after 4 weeks of practice. PRACTICE is not Iverson favorite word, but obviously competing was no longer a word in Chauncy’s vocabulary.
Iverson is going to give the Pistons a legit go to scorer in crunch time. He will also give them a player that can get to the line when the jump shots aren’t falling. Many have looked at Iverson as a selfish player uninterested in passing, but he has averaged over 7 assists a game for last five years. This will also be the best defensive team Iverson has ever been on. The only time Iverson was on a team that was this good defensively was back in 2001, when he led Tyrone Hill, Dikembe Mutombo, Eric Snow and Aaron McKie to the NBA Finals. I definitely think he will be able to get Rasheed, Maxiell, Rip, and the Prince back to the finals. One other glaring difference between the current Pistons and the 76ers of 2001, Iverson won’t have to carry the entire load offensively. He is going to be playing with a big who draws double teams. He will also have another reliable scorer alongside him, in Richard Hamilton.
Lets give it a few weeks, but I think Joe D, just put himself in the running for Executive of the year.