Lately, Joe Dumars has been a hotter topic in Detroit than basketball itself. Which is completely understandable. He holds the team's future in his hands.
However, many people are are either on the right or left side of the line (read: you love him or you hate him). Which makes sense, to a degree. He's done enough good to love him, he's done enough bad to hate him. But he hasn't done anything to say that the Pistons will be bad for a long time.
Yeah, a couple of bad contracts here or there. One or two bad signings, no doubt. But both parties are jumping to conclusions.
Unlikely and impossible are two different things.
Who's to say that some team won't take Ben Gordon? Many teams have cleared cap this summer. There are bound to be teams that won't get the superstar of their choice.
Meaning that Ben Gordon could become a valuable trading piece, if a team is willing to believe that this slump he is in won't last forever.
Okay, I admit it's unlikely. But it's not impossible.
What if we draft outside the top 10? Our chances of drafting a solid center is considerably weakened. Not only would we go into next season without a center, we look at the same roster for another year.
Once again, unlikely. But not impossible.
The people who stand by Joe Dumars' side believe that he will sort this out. They are looking at what's been done in the past. Those who are against him claim that he's dug himself into too big of a hole. They are looking at the present.
I consider myself a neutralist in this situation. The glass is neither half empty nor half full. Both sides exist in equilibrium, yin and yang, negative and positive. I believe that the future, like the glass, all depends on how you look at it.
Who's to say that Dumars will save us? Who's to say he won't? He's built a team before. He's doing it again. For all we know, we are witnessing the creation of the next great franchise. Or, we're witnessing a great franchise's destruction.
Pick a side. It doesn't matter anyway.
Joe Dumars is a paradox, kind of like death. Is death the end? Or is it the beginning? It seems grim on the outside, but those who have experienced the pain that it initially brings will tell you that things get better. You forgive, you forget, you move on.
But one thing's for certain: we're spoiled. We wanted Joe Dumars to build a winning team on the fly. But things havn't gone the way we wanted them to go. Is a rebirth on the way? Or is our beloved franchise coming to an end?
It all depends on how you look at it.
The Pistons are a franchise that have enjoyed various levels of success and failure since it's creation. However, success and failure go hand in hand. Everyone fails at times. Everyone succeeds at times. The main challenge is recognizing the difference.
Success makes room for failure. Failure gives you the tools for success.
So chill. We have no clue what will happen five minutes, five weeks, five years from now. We can only predict based on context clues.
If we can say one thing about Joe Dumars, it's that you never know what he's going to do, for better or for worse.
So why throw in the towel now? I mean, after all, we have no idea what's going to happen.