Hey, Keith has one hell of a basketball jones, but sadly it has a bit more to do with Jim Jones than it does Cheech, Chong, Skeets or Tas.
"And even the most pessimistic Pistons fan would concede it’s not a stretch to believe the Pistons could finish ahead of Indiana in next year’s standings."
I'm pretty damned pessimistic, but yeah, I think it's quite a stretch. The Pacers have a bright young point guard + bright young center + meh all star small forward, while the Pistons have a bright young big. That's it. Given that we have to un-build before we can re-build, I'd have to wager that next season is going to suck, and it probably should suck since we're going to need a high lotto pick to rebuild properly.
This part is amazing:
"How wide is the gulf between 30- and 60-win teams in today’s NBA? Maybe not as pronounced as conventional wisdom suggests."
We almost won a championship this year, everybody. We JUST MISSED IT!!!
Okay, no offense to Keith Langlois. He does his job very well and as a writer, he's good at what he does. It's the job that requires him to produce a positive spin, and it's a job I doubt any of us would turn down. That doesn't mean that I wouldn't expect plenty of prodding if I was forced to discuss silver linings in gray skies that are devoid of shimmer.
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