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  1. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    Come on. You're not looking forward to the draft and free agency to find out which G Leaguer they draft in the 2nd round and which human victory cigar they sign in free agency? Good times ahead, it's going to be a mild ride. On another (similar) note, are there any other non-playoff teams (or any team for that matter) that has no 1st round pick and no cap space? It's pretty unprecedented for a non-playoff team to have neither I'd think.
  2. NYLion

    29 Years Ago Tonight

    And to think that they were THIS close to a 3-Peat beating a prime Bird, Magic and Jordan along the way, multiple times, if it hadn't been for the phantom call on Laimbeer. Not to mention that they should have met the Lakers in the '87 finals (which they would have likely lost, but still). Maybe I'm biased but the Bad Boys were one of the greatest dynasties of all time but they don't get as much mention as the other teams because they didn't have the sexy names and were universally hated.
  3. NYLion

    Pistons hire Casey

    It seems like you care at least a little bit.
  4. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    Yeah but being a "retread" adds some years so he's more like 70 in NBA years.
  5. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    5 year deal for Casey? Isn't he kinda....old? I'd be interested to see who the assistants will be. Hopefully they hire a young guy who they can mold as a potential successor.
  6. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    Unless you're a fan of the team that's winning every year or in the mix, it kind of sucks. Maybe I would feel differently if the Pistons were in the mix but it's Lebron to the finals every year for almost a decade now and Cavs-Warriors for 4 straight years. It was a lot more fun when Durant was in OKC providing some legit competition, Kawhi was healthy and a budding rivalry with GS and the first 2 Cavs-Warriors finals were more competitive pre-Durant but this outcome of a Cleveland-Golden State finals with the Warriors putting the boots to the Cavs was easily predictable from Day 1. I know the Cavs and Warriors got pushed in the conference finals but did anybody REALLY think they were ever in danger of actually losing those series? There was no doubt in my mind that Lebron would be the young Celts in Game 7 and I thought the Warriors played awful ball for large chunks (compared to their standards) of the first 5 games of that series (almost as if they were on cruise control) and some of that had to do with Houston but once they turned it on, it was a wrap and I don't think CP3 would have made the difference once the Warriors found their rhythm. I know that the league has been owned by dynasties from the Celtics/Lakers to the Pistons to the Bulls to the Lakers again and the Lakers again but it just seemed like the league was so much more competitive as a whole back then. I do see some potential with Sixers-Celtics going forward but who's going to beat the Warriors in the next 3-4 years? Of course where Lebron signs will shift the balance of power to wherever he goes but these last few seasons have tested my NBA fandom.
  7. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    The NBA already sucks as is because it's a 1 MAYBE 2 team league if one assumes that the Rockets could actually beat the Warriors (which I doubt even with Paul healthy) or if the Celtics can compete with the Warriors when healthy. If Lebron joins the Warriors, what's the point of playing a season anymore? Honestly though, this is the least interesting NBA that I can remember since the early 00s when the Lakers had little competition. The NBA has always been about drama with top level competition, fierce rivalries and of course off the court drama (which we still get). That all ended when KD signed with the Warriors. If Lebron did, it would be just stupid. In any event, I bet the Warriors would rather keep this team together than lets Thompson and/or Green go and sign Lebron. It seems like a really "family" atmosphere over there, don't think they want to disrupt that even for Lebron. For the sake of competition, I hope he signs with Philly, although not sure if that's feasible. Philly and Boston going head to head for the next few years could develop a nice rivalry.
  8. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    Yet two lesser teams took the Lebron to the brink, two teams that played a great brand of team ball. It's not even that the Raptors lost to the Cavs, it's the way they lost to them. It was ugly. Not saying that Casey is a poor coach, just that the Raptors playoff performance should raise some red flags. Then again, I'm sure we'd all be content with just getting to the playoffs which I'm sure he could get out of this team.
  9. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    Disagree. One of the most talented backcourts in the league, Valenchunis (sp) and added Ibaka. That's a very nice base to build from especially in the east. Winning zero playoff games against a relatively weak Cavs team with home court advantage is underachieving and looking really bad in doing so, a team that looked like it just gave up. Same team that phoned it in against the Cavs last season with stagnant offense and non-existent defense. Not a good look for the coach IMO.
  10. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    I still can't get over the fact that his team was easily disposed in 4 by a Cavs team that was pushed to the limit by the Pacers and Celtics without their 2 best players. That's not all on the coach of course but Toronto has always been a very mentally fragile team in the playoffs in his tenure so not sure how much of that is on him but it's a bit of a red flag IMO. It's not like he didn't have a lot of talent to work with especially in the last few years.
  11. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    Del hit on it with the Flip Saunders comparison. Not a bad coach but not the type of coach that can take his team to the next level, not much upside. You pretty much know what you're going to get from Casey at this point in his career. I'd feel the same way about him as I did about Caldwell when he was hired. A very experienced coach who inherited a talented team but never got them over the hump, plus very vanilla schemes. I wouldn't hate the hiring but it doesn't inspire a lot of confidence especially after their last retread failed. I would just rather see a young, more innovative coach. When was the last time the Pistons hired one of those? Carlisle?
  12. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    Same here. I'm a little disappointed that Larranaga isn't a consideration anymore. I prefer a young coach with fresh ideas to a retread. I really like Beilein but I worry about the transition to the pros and his advanced age. I don't think Casey is the bad coach that some here portray him to be but, much like the Caldwell hiring, I just don't see the upside. Definition of a "meh" hire. I see that Casey is the lead candidate, kind of a lazy hire if you ask me.
  13. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    I like that they are interviewing a bunch of different candidates from different backgrounds and are taking their time in doing so. What I don't like is that they didn't hire a GM first to conduct the coaching search. Beilein is a tremendous coach and IMO arguably the best coach in college ball, but he seems a bit old to make the jump to the NBA and they don't have the personnel to run his motion offense. I'd be really intrigued if they hired him though. Larranaga is another interesting name, anybody who has been associated with Stevens that long gets my vote of confidence.
  14. NYLion

    2018 Playoff Race

    And the "Who Shot JR?" debate would live on.
  15. NYLion

    2018 Pistons Offseason

    Blasphemy. The TNT crew is BY FAR the best sports crew on TV.The worst part about Kenny Smith getting hired as coach is him being off my TV as an analyst. Anyway, I'm utterly confused about this whole situation. I thought Stefanski said that they wanted to hire a GM first and the GM will hire the coach so why are they conducting all these coaching interviews without a GM?
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