A. Sherrod Blakely touched on a potential leadership void with the Pistons. That Prince, Hamilton and Billups are too similar in their style. I'd tend to agree with that. The fact that the Pistons have a tri-headed leadership structure (all three are captains) seems a little overboard to me. This is from Allen Iverson... Every great team has a leader or two. Guys who aren't afraid to say what must be said, either behind closed doors or (EGAD!) in the press. Jordan was an absolute blabbermouth in front of a microphone, reaming his teammates after the Bulls went down 2-0 to the Pistons in the 1990 ECF. They went on to take the series to 7 games. On some teams, the dominant personality is the coach. I believe the Spurs are like this. If people think Larry Brown was tough on his players, they need look no further than his friend in San Antonio, Gregg Popovich. Pop regularly calls out players who play poorly, and it doesn't matter who is listening. This offseason, Beno Udrih's manhood was questioned multiple times by Popovich in the San Antonio Express-News. I've always believed that a team needs a healthy dose of unhealthy tension to create a championship dynamic. Bird did it in Boston, Riley has done it at all of his stops. Thomas, Mahorn and Laimbeer ruled the Pistons locker room in the old days, at times, getting into altercations with teammates over quality of play. This Piston team needs someone to catch fire and ignite his teammates. A player, a coach, heck even Joe Dumars the GM. Being nice guys and great citizens is good fun and very fan friendly. But at the end of the day, nice guys generally don't win. It seems to me that the Pistons current leadership is too reflective of Joe's personality and that can be a fatal flaw. It cannot be easy to import a leader. We'd love to have a bunch of smiling nice guys who never get techs, and never argue with their coach building towards the playoffs. We'd love for our coach to spread the minutes around and hug all of his players on the sideline. But that's not how it works. Not if you want to be great. You have to break some eggs if you want to make an omellette. Otherwise, you're just eating scrambled eggs.