They see this Pistons team, with its decent young core and guys like Prince and Bynum and Maxiell, who all seem like they could succeed in more limited roles, and they wonder: What if we could land a bona fide star?
Unfortunately, this line of wishful thinking tumbles swiftly into delusion, which is what you find in the team’s official Pistons Mailbag. Here are some recent questions for Pistons.com writer Keith Langlois:
To me, Markieff Morris is the next Rasheed Wallace. He looks capable of playing tough defense and has range for a big man. He should be the priority for the Pistons this off-season to pair with Monroe. What are your thoughts?
The Pistons need to grab either Michael Kidd-Gilchrist or Thomas Robinson in the coming draft. Robinson would be a great fit in our offense and be able to guard Dwight Howard. Do you agree?
If the Pistons get lucky enough to get the No. 2 or 3 pick, what do you think it would take to get the No. 1 pick? Would a trade of Daye or Singler and the draft pick be enough?
The questions range from optimistic to charming to jejune to bewildering, but most of all, they make me sad. Langlois plays the straight man perfectly, finding a nugget of solid reasoning in each query and responding to it, but no matter how sturdy Langlois’s facade appears, he can’t hide the grim picture of passionate fans grasping for an iota of hope.
Considering Langlois picks the questions he answers – likely choosing the ones that place his employer in a positive light – I think this is a bit overstated. The many doom-and-gloom Pistons fans are significantly underrepresented in that mailbag.