Well Joe Dumars, from this photo you don't look too happy about making a truly stupid trade during the third game of the season. Your face says "man I should've done this during the summer like i said i would!"
Case in point, after another Pistons loss in the Eastern Conference Finals, Joe offers the following: "Everybody's in play, there are no sacred cows here."
That would have been a great point to offer up some trades to other teams, in the offseason, so when you go into training camp you can get Allen Iverson fully acquainted with the offense and maybe get him to play a little defense as well. Not at the beginning of the season, ruining a consistent starting five who have achieved success in the NBA.
Also, you could've gotten yourself a good basketball coach. You could actually have conducted a full extensive search, not hire your good friend, shiny bald head Michael Curry, a week or so after you axed Flip Saunders.
Even though he sounds like a total goofball, I would've rather had Avery Johnson coach this team.
He's a coach who actually preaches defense and teaches his team how to play defense the right way. He has experience. He's been to the NBA Finals. Michael Curry had, what, two years of experience as an assistant coach and then you think hmm, he's the right guy for the job?
Hey Allen Iverson, remember at your press conference, being introduced to the media, you said: "I'm gonna do whatever the coach wants me to do out there on the basketball court, he give me an assignment i'm a just try to carry it out to the fullest."
And then, after that, Joe mimicked his infamous practice rant a few years back. Well the Pistons had a "practice" on thanksgiving and guess who didn't show up? Looks like "the coach" wanted you at practice on turkey day.
But it's OK Joe Dumars, you have a chance to make this team better again. You just need to do something this summer, actually get players in here like you've been saying since the end of the 2008 ECF.
Preferably a post player forward or center, who demands the ball. An animal on the boards, and a defensive catalyst, i.e. Carlos Boozer. Some people are against this but Boozer is a proven, quality player, who plays at a high level each night and gives great effort every game.
Joe can also address the post position need in the draft with DeJuan Blair. The man is an animal on the boards, a defensive catalyst, and he demands the ball. Hmm, he fits all the basic qualities of a great post player!
Hopefully you can keep Antonio McDyess one more year (you owe that man a championship ring, he f-ing deserves it), and he can learn under him and soon enough he'll be another great bench player like Maxiell.
Joe Dumars has proven he can be a great GM and pull off season changing trades (2004 Rasheed Wallace), or he can make a contender into a No. 8 or No. 9 seed in the East (2008-2009 season).
One word of advice Joe, don't be like Matt Millen and draft the NBA equivalent of a wide receiver—a point or shooting guard. If you do, and there are no quality free agents brought in during the offseason, you're gonna have a hard time convincing me to come to a game or even watch it on TV.
In the words of Larry the Cable Guy, get er done Joe.