This week on Horsepower, Brooks Laimbeer joins Colin Jackson to discuss Detroit’s latest signings, speculate on Josh Smith and Greg Monroe’s future with the team and predict who the starting five will be.
After seven years of Rodney Stuckey, Detroit fans can say “goodbye” to another Joe Dumars draftee that failed to reach his full potential and “hello” to a Stan Van Gundy-approved line up.
Dumars drafted Stuckey No. 15 overall in the 2007 NBA draft to play as a point guard. The Pistons spent the next seven years gradually transitioning him to a shooting guard with mixed results.
Twenty-six year-old guard D.J. Augustin has signed a two-year,$6 million deal with the Detroit Pistons. The former No. 10 overall pick has had anything but a spotless career, but could be on the verge of a comeback after a successful season with the Chicago Bulls. Joining Augustin will be veteran forward Caron Butler, 34, who is set to make $4.5 million next season with the Pistons.
When Stan Van Gundy accepted the job as President of Basketball Operations and head coach for the Detroit Pistons he made it no secret that he would make the team his own. Almost immediately Van Gundy let go five staff members, including assistant coach Rasheed Wallace. Various men who had worked with Van Gundy in the past replaced them.
Continuing to surround himself with people from his past, Van Gundy next hired old college basketball rival Jeff Bower as the organization’s general manager.
A Piston is back on top of the leaderboards. It may only be the Summer League, but two games in, Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is leading the Orlando Summer League in points per game(28) and is top-five for rebounds per game (8.0). During Sunday’s game against the Memphis Grizzlies, Caldwell-Pope averaged a basket for almost every two minutes he was on the court.
The 2-0 Pistons should welcome these stats after a disappointing rookie season for their shooting guard.
This week on Horsepower Cameron Billes returns to the mic. Billes and Colin Jackson debate potential Pistons draft choices, Greg Monroe’s future with the team, the highs and lows of the last season plus what to look forward to during the summer for the NBA.
Josh Smith’s first season in Detroit was less than spectacular.
With three years remaining on Smith’s contract, front office team Stan Van Gundy and Jeff Bower must decide whether or not to keep or shop Smith. Given his poor performance last season and the size of his contract, it is unlikely the duo will be able to unload Smith even if they wanted to. Read More…
Colin Jackson and honorary co-host, Spencer Ray, discuss the current offseason world of the Detroit Pistons. With the offseason for the Detroit Pistons, the news and quick hits never stop. Read More…
On Wednesday, Pistons President Stan Van Gundy announced that his former college basketball rival, Jeff Bower, would be filling Joe Dumars’ shoes as general manager for the Pistons organization. Bower coached his first year at Marist College, where he had a 12-19 record, last season.
Before accepting the job at Marist, Bower worked with the New Orleans Hornets off and on for many years. As a coach in New Orleans, Bower secured a 34-39 record. His record as a general manager for the city’s team was slightly more positive. In 2005, he made the key decision to draft Chris Paul. Yet, the franchise still struggled with losing records, dealing with injury and the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
Pistons power forward Greg Monroe’s contract is up. He has been in the NBA for four years and is no closer to an NBA title than the day he was drafted with the Pistons’ first round pick in the 2010 Draft.
This last season, defense was a major issue for Monroe due to the fact that the team’s three big men had trouble discerning their defensive roles. Monroe’s average rebounds, blocks and steals all decreased the past season compared to the previous year before small forward Josh Smith was added to the roster.
A week ago, the Pistons announced that they hired three assistant coaches and a team scout. Among those let go was former Detroit basketball star Rasheed Wallace. Under the Dumars administration, Wallace worked post-retirement as an assistant coach with head coach Maurice Cheeks last season.
Now with Van Gundy at the helm, Detroit is cleaning up after Dumars’ mess of letting go personnel. Along with Wallace, assistant coaches Henry Bibby and Bernard Smith will not be returning for the 2014-15 season in Detroit. Meanwhile, former interim head coach and assistant John Loyer will be lucky enough to keep his job.
Ask any Detroit Pistons fans what their biggest disappointment of the last decade in Detroit was and their response would probably relate to Joe Dumars.
Dumars made mistake after mistake — from drafting Darko Milicic, trading for Allen Iverson, signing Ben Gordon, unloading Ben Gordon on Charlotte and the list goes on.
Amidst the mistakes, one thing he did right was not sign anybody currently on the roster to a maximum contract. A few players like Josh Smith and Charlie Villanueva are especially overpaid. Villanueva was included along with the original disastrous Ben Gordon deal.
The NBA’s Eastern Conference has been notably worse than the Western Conference this year. Although some teams like the Toronto Raptors quietly succeeded, all the focus in the East went toward the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers.
Stories like the brief return of Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah’s domination took away from this narrative occasionally, but the focus always returned to Miami and Indiana. ESPN even went so far as to spend days of programming building hype for LeBron James and Paul George’s final regular season meeting.
Almost a full month has passed since former president of the Pistons organization Joe Dumars stepped down from his position. Dumars’ long awaited departure from the general management position added a second vacant spot on the team. The first and longest vacant position the team has is that of head coach.
Dumars had a long history of firing head coaches after short periods with the team and let Maurice Cheeks go halfway through this past season. Since then, John Loyer, an assistant coach who worked with Cheeks for many years in three different cities, has been running the team.
Racist troubles wracked the NBA world during the first round of the NBA playoffs, stemming from the comments of Los Angeles Clippers’ owner Donald Sterling to his ex-girlfriend. Within hours of the TMZ premiere of the tape, in which Sterling made several racist comments involving black patrons of Clippers games, a media firestorm was underway.
Within days, NBA commissioner Adam Silver condemned the comments and held a vote for NBA owners, that resulted in Sterling’s banishment from the NBA without taking away his ownership.
Cameron Billes and Colin Jackson bring you the ninth edition of Horsepower.
Listen for a discussion of who could be the next Pistons’ general manager, whether Gary Harris or Nik Stauskas makes more sense for Detroit in the upcoming draft, a few NBA playoff predictions and a whole lot more.
With news of Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s alleged racist remarks comes a new firestorm whether or not racism is still alive in the NBA.
Sterling himself has denied being a racist and the Clippers organization has officially denied Sterling’s potential racism as well. Clippers head coach Doc Rivers has made his own comments in response to the whole situation in a very professional manner. Read More…
A No. 8 seed beating a No. 1 seed-that is exactly what basketball fans have witnessed three times so far this postseason. The Indiana Pacers are currently down two games to one to the Atlanta Hawks in the first round of the playoffs.
Atlanta’s playoff success is important for a few reasons. First off, it shows that the best record does not necessarily reflect the best team. Second, it shows how quickly a team can collapse, especially when its 7-foot-2 center is completely absent from his own body and the team’s star scorers are not performing well either. Third and probably most importantly to Pistons fans, it shows what could potentially have been theirs: a first round playoff series win.
The Pistons’ season is finally over, Joe Dumars is officially no longer president of the organization and the head coaching position is currently blank.
After this season’s team dynamic issues, chances are that the Piston squad, which fans see on the court next season, will not include the exact starters they saw this past year.
Cameron Billes and Colin Jackson bring you the eighth episode of Horsepower. Listen for a discussion on who the Pistons could hire as their next head coach, how tanking could come to an end and a whole lot more.