Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores is pleased with the progress the team has made during his first year as owner. But he also made it clear the expectations raise next season. “We better make the playoffs. That’s realistic,” Gores said of next season.
Now, Pemberton did offer a caveat, that Gores did not appear to be saying that in a threatening manner. Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News tweeted those same sentiments. Gores just feels like the next logical step for this team, after finishing 21-21 over their last 42 games and probably adding at least a rotation player in the draft, is the playoffs.
I concur with those sentiments whether they were threatening or not. My personal belief, which I’ve stated previously on this site, is the Pistons (along with the Celtics, Lakers, Spurs and Bulls) have established themselves as one of the league’s five flagship franchises in the modern era. By the standards that those five teams have set, it’s unacceptable to go more than three consecutive seasons without making the playoffs. This was the Pistons’ third straight playoff-less season. Next season, it’s time to get back, simple as that.