i'm not going to argue with you about the Pistons.
for the simple fact that i don't particularly like, but can name at least 4 of them. i have no fucking clue who the Cavs are, and i didn't think that they got KING James dick in the off season last year. since Larry Brown left/got pushed out/wanted too much the Pistons have under achieved in the post season. i thought last year might have been an aberration, both trying to prove too hard that they didn't need Brown, plus running into a motivated Miami team. still, this season there was no excuse to lose to that group of guys. i kept waiting and waiting for someone to put James on his ass and make him shoot from the line. teams stopped doing that with Jordan when he started making free throws with his eyes closed. teams just gave up and thought "fuck it, he'll just make the points regardless". also, you had the Jordan rules...
James has none of these things yet. though he did shoot better from the line, i was stunned at how easily he approached the basket each time he went through the lane. surely Ben Wallace would not have let him get away with that shit?
now i wonder.
Yeah, I wonder about Ben's paint defense too, simply because it was clear Webber's knees robbed him of any power and lift in his paint defense before he left Sacramento.
Ben had hit his limit in being effective against guys sixty pounds his senior in last year's event. Flip, oddly enough, didn't send robbers nearly enough to help out Ben with Shaq, and really, I don't care to see Lindsey Hunter, Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, and Tayshaun Prince defending LeBron, either. None of those guys have a significant height, speed, or weight advantage . . . it's usually offensive advantage for LeBron.
And with all that . . . the zone they were running and the all-too-obvious traps they pulled against LeBron backfired when he kept finding a teammate . . . because that teammate almost instinctively went to the open guy, who oddly enough, was able to hit an uncontested jumper (unless it was Donyell Marshall, who's about sub 30 percent in coming years from beyond the arc, covered and non-covered).
I don't know what else you wanted to write, but unlike Miami, I really don't think Detroit should have lost to Cleveland, and I really don't think Cleveland will even make it back to the playoffs with a decent seed if they don't pick up a better point guard. They can't keep asking LeBron to take it up the court for them, not when he's better off-ball.
Of course, this writing in bold that I put forth would turn to shit if Billups leaves. You'd see an offense that loses one of its main ball-carriers in replacement of nobody who has the offensive and defensive ability like Chauncey.
Ewwww Z-Bo. Gross idea. I know, let's just sign everybody who ever played in the state of Michigan in their collegiate years!
I just looked at salaries and the only possible trade that could work is just swapping Randolph for 'Sheed (a second coming of 'Sheed in Portland lol). It worked out on the realgm.com tradechecker. Any other scenario, and the Pistons would be giving up WAY too much for the chubby Z-Bo. And quite frankly, the above 'Sheed for Zach is ill-conceived and not well thought out; you'd be trading for someone with less range and noticeably less defense tenacity and awareness. Some tweaking of the roster and choaching staff is in order, yes, but I do not believe blowing up the entire team for players who put up big on sub-par teams is the answer.
And, as you already know, completely agreed with you on Cleveland and LeBron; we have the same viewpoint. Larry Hughes, lol.
LJ's having hiccups, so here's what I found out was possible without dealing Rasheed through RealGM:
This deal is kind of amusing, from my perspective . . . if it wasn't for Ben Wallace and the re-up plan that failed, then Detroit would have re-upped this guy from Utah.
Mehmet Okur, Paul Millsap sent from Utah to Detroit for Nazr Mohammed, Carlos Delfino, and Jason Maxiell in return.
I remembered that Boozer and Deron Williams were angry about some other teammates making golf plans? or something scheduled for TBA WCF game dates after the team went down 3-1 to San Antonio.
Nazr Mohammed is an offensive rebounding center more than a finesse center, which Detroit seems to crave in their 5-shooter attack. Mohammed sits in the paint, which allows Boozer to play the 4 and be their main scorer while Mohammed bangs the boards and collects the garbage, which was where he was most effective when he was doing it for Tim Duncan on the Spurs. Mehmet's got that perimeter ability that Detroit craves.
If no draft picks are swung in this deal, then both Detroit and Utah have the possibility of adding that shooting guard (Utah) and point guard (Detroit) which can help them improve for next year. Plus, there's other deals both teams could make.
I came up with this when I'm half asleep, and I am not really sure if Detroit wants to part with Maxiell, nor am I sure if Utah really wants to give up Millsap, but Detroit could use a bigger SF-PF to sub in for Prince similar to Corliss Williamson, and Utah could use a surprisingly quick undersized PF-C to go small.
And, Delfino's like a SG-SF, and the reason why he hasn't done more in Detroit is because he's like a lot of other foreigners . . . they're the biggest dogs on the block in their country, and if they're not starting in the NBA, then they, more often than not, produce less.
Delfino's never been savvy to playing cold . . . trying him out as the starting 2 might surprise everyone in Utah.