Have faith. I tend to agree with your statements. Compared to previous years I found this past offseason "uneventful" so to speak. We really did nothing to make our team AGRESSIVELY better. The saving grace is that we know that with a limited rotation at the bare minimum we still have one of the best starting fives in the league. But, I still believe there is reason to be optimistic. There are two ways to look at this: Joey D. has gotten away from his existing formula of agressively finding talent that gives us an obvious potential edge against our competition Joey D. is continuing his formula of investing into those players he has confidence in with the thought that they will materialize into something special. Joey showed excellent patience with Tayshaun and Memo. He also took a risk with Chauncey who up to that point only had a productive playoff series under his belt. I think Joe has earned the privilege for us to have confidence in his decision making skills and believe that the latter is the case. Joe has done an excellent job of getting rid of talent that doesn't benefit/strengthen team chemistry in the past. That's why there is no Rodney White. We have yet to reep the benefits of the Arroyo, Darko and Delfino acquisitions. Perhaps this is Joe giving them a decent shot. The addition of another big name talent is not a vote of confidence for potentially one of these players. That said, my only question mark is just how well Maurice Evans will integrate into our scheme. If our previous untapped talent begins to show promise, I think it will be at the expense of Evans's minutes. I expect to see Tay and Delfino shifted to the two spot at times if Darko becomes a mainstay in the reserve lineup. I think Darko is agile enough to play the 3 at times which makes for some BIG lineup possibilities. Again, I can't wait till the season unfolds so we can get some of these questions answered. Miami and San Antonio do need to be congratulated for their agressive offseason. Realistically, I am more concerned with how we marraige our players with our coach than trying to figure out if Miami's team will gel together. In all honesty, I hope that they do gel. I want Detroit to face the strongest competiton possible. That way when we persevere there will be no doubting our legacy.