Patrick, Graham and I join Kevin Arnovitz of ESPN.com, Zach Harper of Daily Dime Live and Eddy Rivera of Magic Basketball for what was apparently a 6-on-5 about the Pistons. I guess there was just a surplus of people who wanted to talk about Detroit.
If you’re an ESPN Insider, I highly recommend John Hollinger’s Pistons profiles, which preceded the roundtable.
As far as the 5-on-5, best line was by Graham:
Richard Hamilton, who seemed to lead the team only in rebellion
Best point was by Patrick:
When he came to Detroit, Gordon’s production immediately fell and excuses became rampant. Everything from injuries to coaching to sharing the 2-guard spot with Rip Hamilton were used to explain away is poor play. Hamilton is finally gone, and this might be Gordon’s last chance to prove he’s a starting-caliber player.
Best representation of the Pistons’ relevance nationally was by Harper:
Let me be completely honest with you. I watch an obscene amount of basketball. You could even say it’s an unhealthy amount. I watch over 1,000 regular-season games per season and rarely miss a game for most teams. I had no idea Ben Wallace was still in the NBA.
Here were the questions. I’d love to read you answers in the comments.
1. For which Pistons player is the 2011-12 season most important?
2. Who is the most intriguing player on the Pistons’ roster?
3. What’s the most surprising take in Hollinger’s Pistons profiles?
4. Based on Hollinger’s profiles, what do the Pistons need most?
5. Will a shortened season help or hurt the Pistons?