Pistons Want to Avoid Losing Mentality?
It’s ridiculous ripping on the Pistons for winning those precious few games in a season that ultimately gets defined by where they’ll eventually fall in this spring’s draft lottery. Worse, it’s hypocritical.
Those upset that the Pistons’ recent success might cost them a top-five pick in what some consider the deepest NBA draft since 2003 — when LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade went in the top five — need to look at the calendar. An anniversary’s approaching. It’s nothing worth celebrating, but certainly remembering.
The mutiny wasn’t simply an embarrassment for the Pistons, it remains a popular reference point for those fed up with the perceived inmate-run, ego-driven asylum that has become the NBA. Several Pistons deliberately blew off the morning shoot-around in Philadelphia on Feb. 25, 2011, in an orchestrated protest against coach John Kuester. The players involved were justly criticized for their unprofessionalism and for basically not caring what people thought about them.