Darkest day in Detroit Pistons history?

Keith Langlois of Pistons.com in his article about the similarities between Greg Monroe and Tim Duncan* (emphasis mine):

They very nearly became teammates in the summer of 2000 when Orlando signed McGrady away from the Toronto Raptors and Grant Hill from the Pistons – the darkest day in the 54-year history of the Pistons in Detroit.

Uh, what? Am I alone in thinking that’s not even close to the darkest day in Detroit Pistons history?

To set a key ground rule, I think Langlois means how the day was perceived at the time – at least I hope so. Although nobody knew it then, Grant Hill signing with Orlando benefited the Pistons greatly by allowing them to land Ben Wallace and Chucky Atkins. Sure, it was a dark day at the time. In hindsight, no way.

But even at the time, I didn’t think it was that dark. Off the top of my head, I came up with eight darker days (in no particular order):

So, I have two questions for you. What’s “the darkest day in the 54-year history of the Pistons in Detroit”? Where would you rank the day Grant Hill signed with the Magic?

*That’s not as bad as it sounds. I promise. I’ll have more on that angle of Langlois’ post later today, though.

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