...But Your Time Is Up

Omari Sankofa IIContributor IMay 16, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MI - APRIL 26:  (L-R) Arron Afflalo #28, Tayshaun Prince #22 and Walter Herrmann #5 of the Detroit Pistons sit on the bench in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals against the Cleveland Cavaliers during the 2009 NBA Playoffs at the Palace of Auburn Hills on April 26, 2009 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.  The Cavaliers won 99-78.  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 Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Richard Hamilton, it is time to go.

I understand. You gave it your all. You tried your hardest.

However, without Billups here to feed you, you starved.

Your shot was less accurate.

You seemed a step slower.

Most of all, you seemed lost.

I know that Chauncey was your friend, you brother.

Your comrade.

Perhaps you no longer care for the organization. We deserve it. We did you wrong.

If you knew that Chauncey was going to be traded, you never would have resigned.

Other teams need you, Rip.

Go for it.

Richard Hamilton, it was nice knowing you, but you time is up.

Rodney Stuckey, pack up and go.

You were the future. You were Dumar's sacred cow.

But you never came through.

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What happened after the 40 point night at Chicago?

You chocked on your popularity.

You fell down the stairs of mediocrity.

Worst of all, you let your team down.

Will Bynum is capable. Perhaps more capable.

He is a leader. He can carry his men down the hill.

And then carry them back up to glory. (read: Championship)

There are younger teams who would enjoy your talent.

When Will Bynum was a thrill, you resembled roadkill.

It was nice knowing you, but your time is up.

Tayshaun Prince, it is time to go.

You served your role well in past years.

But without a leader, you cannot step up.

You were co-captain, but you stats did not show the leadership.

Where was the defensive intensity we have grown to love?

Why did you sleep through the playoffs?

We wanted you to reach the sky.

Instead, you reached your ceiling.

It was nice knowing you, but your time is up.

Rasheed Wallace, it is time to go.

You are past your prime.

You are lazy.

You no longer care.

You lack the consistency and intensity you had in past years.

Your temper outbalances your talent.

You never showed up to the playoffs.

You never had a power forward mentality.

Most of all, you demand more money than the Pistons are willing to spend on a player past his prime.

You brought us a championship.

Now you bring us pain.

It was nice knowing you, but your time is up.

Antonio McDyess, it is time to go.

The organization respects you.

You gave it your all.

You nearly averaged a double-double.

You played every game as if it was your last.

But how much longer can this continue?

Come next season, you will be 35.

Can your knee's hold up for another grueling season?

Lets face it.

The Pistons are going to rebuild with younger, more capable players.

We have enjoyed your stay.

It is with regret I write this last sentence.

It was nice knowing you...But your time is up.

Part two coming soon.

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