If the five consecutive seasons without a playoff appearance weren’t evidence enough, the resignation of Detroit Pistons general manager and president Joe Dumars signifies the end of an era in Motown.
Following six consecutive trips to the conference finals and a pair of appearances on the NBA’s grandest stage, the Pistons—champions 10 years ago this summer—have fallen on hard times. A mess of ill-advised contracts, bad free-agent gambles and draft-day misses have put the Pistons in a punishing basketball purgatory.
To spare itself another lost decade, Detroit must chart a new course forward, one that emphasizes the potential and promise of rebuilding in a way that is both sensible and sustainable.
With an ill-fitting roster, a coach who is not long for the bench and an enormous front-office void to fill, the task won’t be easy. But if the Pistons can learn anything from the struggles of their namesake city, it’s that patience and resiliency thrive most when the chips are down.
No one expects the Pistons to enter next season as a sudden contender. But if they can at least begin to address these most pressing needs, there’s no reason to believe the potential promise felt before this season can’t be redeemed.