Last year, I scratched my head when Joe Dumars gave Michael Curry the go ahead to be the Piston’s head coach. He must have noticed something behind the scenes because I couldn’t see how he was qualified to succeed Flip Saunders. Then again everyone has to start somewhere right? Dude played for the Pistons plus worked as an assistant coach so his dues were paid at least.
A losing record and an embarrassing sweep later and he’s out of the job.
The 2008-09 season was underwhelming for Detroit, but I wouldn’t put all the blame on Curry. The Pistons started off the year pretty well until that WTF?!?!-inducing money trade went down in November. The team lost one of the league’s best floor generals in Billups in exchange for AI, a talented scorer that lacked the same leadership skills as his predecessor. Add in a dependence on Rodney Stuckey, rotation issues with Rip, Sheed’s unmotivated play and Iverson’s dissatisfaction with coming off the bench and you got a recipe for a mid-season implosion.
I mean let’s call a spade a spade: Curry ain’t Phil Jackson. Still Detroit’s problems run deeper than coaching. Looking at the bright side, maybe Mark Jackson can finally get a crack at running a squad. Until then he’ll say “Mama there goes that man” as Curry cleans out his office.