Pistons news: Draft lottery trolling and failing search for a president

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In case you were sleeping last night or just hoped it was a bad dream, the Detroit Pistons did in fact get the 5th pick in the NBA Draft for the third year in a row.

Detroit becomes just the second team to enter the NBA Draft Lottery with the highest odds for the number one pick and fall to 5th. The first was the 2022-23 Pistons if you want to know how things are going in the Motor City. 

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Reactions ran the entire gamut of the five stages of grief, from denial to anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance with a splash of conspiracy (It’s rigged!). 

There was also some elite trolling of the Pistons from in and outside the fanbase as Detroit continues to provide a service to the league as comedy, cautionary tale and a way to feel better about your own team’s circumstances, as at least they aren’t Detroit. 

Here are some of my favorites, starting with my own: 

This one may best summarize how I am feeling right now:

The funniest post may have come from the team iteself. I will say this, at least we have an elite social media team!

But the Pistons didn’t just strike out in the lottery last night, as they are also failing in their search for a new president. 

The Detroit Pistons search for a president of basketball operations 

Detroit’s search for a new POBO is going about as well as anything else for the Pistons in that it has been a total failure thus far. 

Reports have confirmed that the Pistons were denied their request to interview Bucks’ GM Jon Horst, so you can probably scratch his name off the list of possible candidates, at least for now. 

Jake Fischer of Yahoo Sports reported that another possible candidate Neil Olshey turned down the Pistons’ offer for an interview. Let’s unpack that last one, shall we? This is a man who was investigated and eventually fired for creating a toxic work environment in Portland and he took one look at the Pistons and was like, “nah.” 

And should a team who recently had to fire an executive for sexual harassment and eventually settle with the victim even be considering a person who was accused of creating a toxic, hostile work environment? How dumb is this franchise exactly? 

The Pistons are 0-2 on interview requests so far, which is more important than dropping to 5th in a crap draft and fairly indicative of where this franchise is right now. 

We’re right back where we were a year ago holding the 5th pick, a bag of cap space and needing big-time organizational changes from the front office to the coaching staff to the roster, a familiar gravity pinning the franchise to the ground.