Skip ahead to 1:00. 3rd quarter. Javale McGee has the ball passed to him at about half-court. He begins to charge the lane from there. ALL FIVE PISTONS are in or near the lane. Not one of them even ATTEMPTS to stop Mcgee. Mr. Toughness himself, Jonas Jerebko, is right under the basket - he actually takes a few steps out of the way to watch him dunk. 6-11, 270-something-lb Andre Drummond is right under the basket too - he actually appears to pretend to box out a non-existent Nugget in order to get out of the way. Will Bynum, who should be cutting him off at the perimeter, just slowly walks a few steps out of the way, then turns around, puts his hands up to complain. Kyle Singler, Mr. Dukie, is in a similar positon as Bynum - he actually at least took a step towards McGee before backing away to complain and watch. Kim English is the only innocent man on the court, and even his body language is disgusting. I've been a Piston fan for a long time. I've seen a lot of bad teams. I was a season ticket holder during the Don Chaney era. But I've never once seen a team that disgusted me quite as much as this one. I've never seen a play that disgusted me more than last night. And that play is very representative of what our problem has been since Ben Wallace left in '04. There is only one way Detroit has ever had a contender. There is only one way Detroit will ever be a contender. By being the toughest, meanest, hardest-working, hungriest S.O.B.'s in the league. This team that I'm watching is an absolute discrace. I don't know how Joe-D fell so far away from his Bad Boy roots, but he has. The leader and captain of this team, Tayshaun Prince, is perhaps the softest, laziest and least interested player in all the league. His biggest weakness coming out of college over a decade ago was his lack of strength. Has he added even so much as 5lbs of muscle since then!? It's pathetic. The fact that Charlie Villanueva and Austin Daye are even allowed on the bench, happy as hell to not be playing, is pathetic. The fact that a play like this can occur, and all five players on the court aren't immediately benched afterwards, is pathetic. We need a MAJOR culture change, and we need it ASAP, before our talented young players are ruined forever. I don't care how you do it, but you get rid of Tayshaun immediately. You send Charlie V home for the rest of the season and you amnesty him ASAP. You send Daye home for the rest of the season and you let him sign with a lowly European team as a free agent after the season. This season is already over. You put your young players who might have a future out there together, and you let them develop together - C: Drummond, PF: Monroe, SF: Jerebko, SG: Stuckey, PG: Knight, Bench - Singler, English, Middleton, Kravtsov. You get a high draft pick this off-season, you draft a tough, hard-nosed wing who might become a star. You've got a lot of cap space this off-season, you bring in 3 or 4 guys who actually care about winning. Guys who actually have some toughness. Guys who actually have some pride. Guys who actually want to be the best they can be. Guys who give 100%, on and off the court. Guys who take losing personally. Guys who get pissed off about losing. Guys who get pissed off about being scored on. Guys who respect their coaches. Guys who take coaching. Guys who do what their coach asks of them, without hesitation. Guys who don't go behind their coaches back to complain to the GM/Owner. Guys who hustle. Guys who dive after lose balls. Guys who aren't afraid to sacrafice their bodies and take charges (seriously, when was the last time someone even attempted to do that on this team!?). Guys who will set the tone for our young talented players. I don't care how talented these players are. If we can have a team full of players like this - in a league that is THIS soft - we will win at least half our games. We will at least be fun to watch again. And our young core might actually have a chance to develop into a good team. Man, Frig!!