As we prepare for another playoff run, I want to get a sense of where people stand with Flip Saunders. My theory is that Piston fans like him more than they realize. I think if we could rewind time back to last summer and choose a new coach all over again, I think many of us would pick Flip Saunders again. After all, he's about to set a franchise record for wins in a season, and we've seen an improvement to our offense along side a defense that's only slightly less potent (which is arguable, but I think most people *feel* this to be the case). He's managed minutes decently, and he's managed personalities pretty well (very good with Rasheed; only diminished by the Ben Wallace Orlando incident). Also, Flip's shown us he can make solid game-on-the-line decisions, a la Rip's game winners against Boston & Seattle, which came from playcalls that allowed Rip a clean look at the basket (you gotta like that Flip is willing to call somebody other than Billups' number in crunch time, making the Pistons more unpredictable). The Pistons often come out of a halftime break playing smarter than they were when they went in. This tells me the coaching staff is pretty good with game-time adjustments. A few more reminders: Flip will ride the hot hand. Flip allows our team to shoot the three, which has turned us into a monster 3-point shooting threat. But he's also unhappy when we get complacent from ThreeLand. All in all, Flip's rejuvenated the Pistons, who look fresh and unpredictable heading into the playoffs, which is all we could ask for coming off the Larry Brown Era. The word I'm interested in is Trust. Is anybody willing to say they trust Flip Saunders before the playoffs even start? Or can he only earn our trust with a championship finish? Because here's the thing: if the Pistons fail to win it all, Flip will get the blame whether it's deserved or not. It's been predetermined from moment one: We win it all = Joe Dumars' brilliance, Lose playoffs = Flip Saunders sucks. I want to know if anyone is actually willing to say Flip has done a good job this season, and that he's earned their trust heading into the playoffs, and that a playoff let down might not even be Flip's doing. Having said all that, I ask this question: If you could do this season over, and you could have any active coach coaching the Pistons, who would you pick? And if it ain't Flip, what makes the other guy better?