I answered three questions about tonight’s Pistons-Wizards opener with Rashad Mobley (@rashad20 on Twitter) of great Washington Wizards site Truth About It. Among the topics of discussion — which team’s GM is under more pressure to make the playoffs this season, Joe Dumars or Ernie Grunfeld?
Oof… tough call there. Both probably need to make the playoffs to save their jobs, both are working for newish owners eager for some success… I’ll go with Grunfeld being on the hotter seat, ever so slightly. Dumars had a great offseason, landing a marquee free agent and upgrading the point guard position by acquiring Brandon Jennings. That, along with the fact that Dumars can still point to that championship team he put together, as well as his history as a beloved former Pistons player, are advantages that Grunfeld doesn’t have in any evaluation of his performance. But I think it’s entirely conceivable that if both teams underperform, both will have new GMs next season.
Also, I’ll be at the (hopefully) full Palace tonight in the cheap seats, eager to check out some of the gameday upgrades the team has been touting over the last year or so, so I’ll be tweeting any cool finds in the arena during the game if you care to follow.