Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Joe Dumars keeps it real
Flip Saunders was fired by Joe Dumars today, despite having led the Pistons to 3-straight Eastern Conference Finals. In today's sports realm, that's pretty common stuff. But then Dumars, Detroit's president of basketball operations, did something a little less common. He put all his players on the trading block and then blasted his last three coaches for under-performing. The quote: "There are 25, 26 teams that would love to be where we are, but good has not been good enough," Dumars said. "I appreciate everything that Rick Carlisle, Larry Brown and Flip Saunders have done, but I also know they were handed some great teams. It's not like they had to take bad teams and make them good." That's the kind of stuff a fan would say, not the guy in charge. Sure, everyone's been saying it for years about every good team that gets a new coach and stays at the top, but this is extra ballsy. And do you really think Chauncey Billups, with his year-old contract, is really nervous about being traded? I mean, is this just a message for Rasheed Wallace? I like the straight-forward approach, but Dumars sounds a little like a grumpy old man.