The NBA 2014-15 Season has shown some great disappointments, foremost of which are the Cleveland Cavaliers.
But their mates from the Central Division-the Detroit Pistons are struggling despite having one of the most enviable frontlines in the league.
They took a step in the right direction this summer by hiring one of the game’s sages, Stan Van Gundy to manage and coach the team.
However, not even SVG could turn them around.
“I don’t think it’s gonna be overnight,” Van Gundy tells The Detroit News .
“I’d like it to be.
Tom (Gores, Detroit Pistons owner) would like it to be, but I don’t think it’s gonna be an overnight thing.
Last night it was an hour and a half, just talking about our roster and where we’re headed and the whole thing.
What I feel good about, what I don’t like.
It was two days of texts.” The team owner would naturally demand results but he should remember that the other teams have also improved.
Also, observers have nearly been unanimous in calling for a major trade involving the Pistons-but they failed to execute it in the off season.
The owner is starting to make demands: “Oh I think he’s got at least as much sense of urgency,” Van Gundy said of Gores.
“I can see things where we’re getting better and it’s gonna take some time and that’s the part he misses.
If anything I think he’s got more a sense of urgency to see things change.” ESPN notes that there are several factors for the Pistons’ decline.
These were unexpected and while a coach should be ready for some of them (injuries, for instance), the other reason is simply baffling.
“1) Jodie Meeks’ injury; 2) the never ending debate about Greg Monroe and Josh Smith as the starting forward tandem since both are best at the ‘4’ position; and 3) Andre Drummond’s regression this season. ” Drummond is being groomed to be the franchise player of the Pistons and with good reason.
However, this year has seen him conk out.