The Detroit Pistons are not the Boston Celtics of yesteryear that won what......10 championships in a row, that is unheard of in these NBA times. All the elite basketballt teams, Bulls won championships, then they went into the crapper, Lakers won cahmpionships, then they went into the tank, Boston, we know how they sucked up until last year, now it is our time to suck and recover. There is no blame here, Dumars made some changes that I would certainly question, however, that is the nature of the evolution of basketball, law of averages say that we cannot win a championship, year, after year, after year.......... The best thing Joe could have done was to get rid of Billups, grab that AI expiring contract, and begin working on the reclamation project. If somehow we rebuilt the pistons based on some draft predictions, free agents, trades i.e., that the forum members have recommended, we would have a true fuster cluck. Its scary; just as an after thought regarding some of our predictions. We probably won't be good next year, but the year after, I expect to be right back in the thick of things, its called the EVOLUTION of basketball. The fans will not always get it right and lord knows pistons management will not always get it right despite the genius of Joe D. This team will be rebuilt, it's just a matter of time before we know the identity of our new Pistons team. I would say, get you a tall one, set your sights on the upcoming nfl draft, put your hopes on the Red Wings and Tigers winning championships because it will be a little bit before we get back to respectablility (A season or 2). This upcoming season will be a transition year for the pistons and will most likely be running with a whole new team, as well as, a new coach. I think Curry will keep his current salary and just move to the front office where Joe can utilize his strengths elsewhere because as it turned out, he CANNOT coach. I can see Joe bringing in a point guard friendly coach that can mentor our young guards. Rip, Tay, Sheed and Amir is more than likely goners. I would like to move up or trade for another high first round draft choice. I would like to see this team made up of a group of young athletic, physical studs with serious mean streaks, then grab Artest and another veteran with leadership skills like Caron Butler and/or Shane Battier.