Character and Commitment in Motown

What does this trade mean/do for the Detroit Pistons? … now and down-the-road?

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Pistons retain focus in victory
I. The remaining members of the Pistons’ core — now a band of three — might have taken the floor with a heavy heart Monday after losing two of their brothers, Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess, in a trade with Denver for Allen Iverson.

But that didn’t stop them from handling the young Charlotte Bobcats with relative ease, 101-83, for their third straight victory to start the season.

“We still have to go out and do what we do,” said Rasheed Wallace, who posted 15 points. “We know (trades are) part of the business. Do we like it, maybe not. There’s no telling at this point. But we still have to go out and play.”

II. “It was a tough day,” coach Michael Curry said. “To lose your captain and one of your emotional leaders and for the guys to gather themselves and play the way they did — we’re proud of them. That’s what we expect. When you put that uniform on, regardless of what else is going on, we’ve got to play.”

III. Clearly, the Pistons veterans were shocked by the trade. Richard Hamilton, Billups’ All-Star backcourt mate who led the Pistons with 19 points, wouldn’t talk to the media.

IV. When asked if he was sad, shocked or hurt by the trade, Tayshaun Prince said, “Everything all into one. I can’t even explain it. I won’t even try to explain it.”

Prince spent much of the day talking to Billups and said he was hurt a bit but doing well.

“When you had six straight years with somebody, you got that bond and that connection and then all of a sudden it’s gone,” Prince said. “That’s tough.”

V. “That’s the most important thing about us,” Prince said. “We are still going to play.”

Prince did try to put a positive spin on the trade.

“We’re getting something special (Allen Iverson) in return, I know that,” he said. “I hope the trade inspires him, which I know it will. When he gets here we are going to welcome him with open arms.”

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It shows the character they have and their level of commitment to winning.

In the NBA, today, Joe Dumars … is the new Jerry West.

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5 Responses to “Character and Commitment in Motown”

  1. FLUXLAND Says:

    I may be an AI “homer”, but I think this trade will work out amazingly for the Pistons. The may have lost one emotional leader, however, they have gained an equal, if not better, one. I really really believe the Pistons are a better team cuz of this trade.

  2. Travis Outlaw Says:

    As previous deleted:
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    RE: In the NBA, today, Joe Dumars … is the new Jerry West.
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    -BOLD STATEMENT. Isn’ t RC BURFOD closer?

  3. khandor Says:

    Travis,

    As far as I know, RC Buford did not play in the NBA and is not considered to be one of the ‘NBA’s All-Time Greatest 50 Players’ who has also dominated, in his career to-date, as a GM in the League.

    In this regard, Joe D. fits accuarately into the Mr. Logo category. 🙂

  4. khandor Says:

    Travis,

    As far as I know, RC Buford did not play in the NBA and is not considered to be one of the ‘NBA’s All-Time Greatest 50 Players’ who has also dominated, in his career to-date, as a GM in the League.

    In this regard, Joe D. fits quite accurately into the Mr. Logo category. 🙂

  5. Detroit Sport Report Says:

    I think I (should) speak for every Detroit Pistons homer in saying: Thanks, Joe D!

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