As it stands right now, the Detroit Pistons are a mere five games over .500. Regardless of their winning record, this could possibly be the worst season in the last decade. I'm not talking about wins and losses. I'm talking about the chemistry and swagger that has defined Detroit basketball since they made their first run to the NBA finals.
When this team defeated the Lakers in the 2004 Finals, it wasn't with the amazing play by one of the best players in the league. It was by doing the dirty work and out working each team that they faced in their quest for success. The Pistons winning that championship sent a bold statement to the rest of the league: defense and hard work does win championships.
But if you look at this team on paper the current Pistons roster looks just as good, if not better, than the 2004 championship team. Rodney Stuckey, Antonio McDyess, Amir Johnson, and Jason Maxiell compared to Ben Wallace, Mehmet Okur, Mike James, and Corliss Williamson.
But if you notice, there is a void in the current lineup that can be found in that victorious team from a few years back. A center!
You can go back pretty damn far to find a championship team without a true center in their recipe for success. But why are the Pistons taking so long to address this issue? Are they going to address it when Allen Iverson comes off the books? Are they going to make a trade? Probably not. Everyday new rumors are thrown out as to what each team plans to do with their offseason cap space.
I have a solution.
Who would have thought to bench Richard Hamilton to try fixing this team. He's been the main reason we've done what we have and we just go ahead and bench him? Why not bench AI? He's worn out his welcome pretty fast already. If this team is so set on benching Hamilton, why not go one step further and trade the guy?
Now, there is one team in this league that has a plethora of centers, the Los Angeles Clippers. Granted they aren't the healthiest team in the league right now, but I'm sure that they'd welcome a change. Let's go ahead and try something that I have wanted for about the last four years. Bring Chris Kaman home. Trade Rip to Los Angeles in a deal for Chris Kaman and let's get that Center that we've been pretending Rasheed is.
It's not the wildest idea to ever go through the Rumor Mill, and I have no actual source that says the Pistons would ever think about doing this, but it couldn't hurt. I wouldn't pull the trigger now though. Chris has had some injury problems that he should attend to, but he has publicly stated that he's in no rush to return to the dreadful Clippers.
I'm sure a possible trade would cheer him up especially back to his hometown. Call me crazy. Call me stupid. But, it definitely couldn't hurt to change something here. Right now, it would be a miracle to see them make it out of the first round. But hey, who am I to rain on their parade?