lets go back to the 2004/2005 season...the one where we lost to the Spurs in the finals. The starting lineup: ben, sheed, tay, rip, chauncey. It was the season where 4 of these guys were put in the all-star game (got big heads, and thought they didn't have to outwork anybody anymore). More importantly, it was the season that rasheed decided he was no longer interested in being a low-post player... Joe kicked off the post-season summer by firing Larry Brown over something stupid - a mistake, as we all know. But no one talks about his other mistake: sending the SAME, NEARLY nba-championship caliber roster into season after season for a three or four year stretch. Chauncey, rip, tay, even dyess (considering his injuries)...these guys were all playing prime bball. Old ladies at the palace could see what was wrong with the pistons - we didnt have an inside scoring presence. But Joe never felt the need to seriously look for an upgrade to the roster until last summer? Why? How much of a difference would a guy like Bosh/Mare/Kaman/zach Randolph etc..had made three or four years ago!? Sheed wasn't the player we had traded for in 2004, it was clear. Why did we sit patiently with an ALMOST championship caliber team in its prime for 3 or 4 yrs!?