Michael Curry Stays: Is Joe Dumars' Pride Striking Again?

Brett DavisContributor IApril 30, 2009

CLEVELAND - APRIL 18:  Michael Curry head coach of the Detroit Pistons scratches his head against the Cleveland Cavaliers during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at Quicken Loans Arena on April 18, 2009 in Cleveland, Ohio. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Matt Sullivan/Getty Images)

Joe Dumars is a very proud man, and rightfully so. He put together a group of misfits that no one else wanted, and they took him to six straight Eastern Conference Finals and two championship appearances, winning one.

At times, he's been a genius. Getting something out of nothing, like when he pulled off a sign and trade for little known Ben Wallace from Orlando when Grant Hill bolted on him.

Trading a high-scoring slasher in Jerry Stackhouse for a jump shooter that wasn't fitting in with Mike in Washington.

He picked up Chauncey Billups, who was considered a bust after being drafted No. 3 in the '97 draft, and turned him into a Finals MVP.

He drafted Olympian Tayshaun Prince 23rd overall, and made a very bold move in acquiring a known headcase in Rasheed Wallace.

All of these were great moves that lead to a very productive eight-year stretch.

But, sometimes, his pride can hurt him.

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Like drafting Darko Millicic over many of the best players in the league today, then not playing him, but also not trading him to many interested teams when his stock was still somewhat high.

He didn't want to admit that he had made a mistake in drafting him.

His pride got in the way.

He also goes through top tier coaches faster than he goes through a pair of shoes. I believe that many of the coaching changes are do to the fact that they won't do exactly what he wants.

Like most Piston fans, I love Joe Dumars. "In Joe We Trust". We all say it. You see the signs being held up at all of the Piston home games, and we should trust him.

He has made some great decisions and made the Pistons one of the top teams in the past decade.

But his latest decision baffles me.

After a season of constant lineup changes, a season that even the veterans just gave up on...after their worst record since 2000 and an embarrassing sweep to the Cavs in the first round of the playoffs, ESPN.com has reported that Joe Dumars has chosen to keep Michael Curry as head coach of the Pistons.

He said, "It was an up-and-down season for him, and, an up-and down-season for us."  Judging by the record, Joe, it looked more like just a down season...I didn't see many ups. Unless they were give-ups.

He also said, "The fact that we made so many changes for a first-year coach, I had to step back and be a little more patient than I have been.

"During the season, I said to myself, 'What affect is this having on him as a first-year coach?' I tried to put myself in his shoes."

Put yourself in his shoes? Joe, you are in his shoes. I believe that the only reason Curry was hired in the first place was so Joe would have more control. To me, Curry is more of a puppet than a coach.

The only reason I can see why Joe is keeping Curry is because his pride is getting in the way, and he doesn't want to admit that he made another mistake. Everyone makes mistakes, Joe...we'll still love you. Just admit it and move on.

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