I've been a Piston fan all my life, and most of it I've hated at least one Piston. From the first memories I have of hating Terry mills some where in the early task era to hating his taller, fatter contemporary on today's team. As a fan I have been able to make reasonable, statistically based arguments about why I'm tired of Rasheed's shit, and I have made gut based, emotional choices about why I think Grant Hill sucks. Any real fan can have parts of the team they like or don't like anything else, and that is ok.
After we signed Brandon Jennings I realized that I am probably going to hate him. I've seen enough of his play, and read enough of his stats to know that on an analytical and emotional level, I will probably hate him with a fury that I have had for one other Piston.
At the risk of being outcast, I'll say I hated Chauncey Billups in the season we got him. Given the turmoil over the future of the team this story seemed relevant. I didn't even like watching the playoffs that season because 1) I had a special place in my heart for the Atkins-Stackhouse backcourt and 2) I was convinced Billups was too busy calling his number to run the damn offense. After the championship and the next few seasons I definitely changed my stance, but at the time I really did not like watching Mr. Big Shot. I would hate watching Chauncey, but I could still get behind the "pitbulls" backcourt once Mike James and Lindsay Hunter came off the bench, along with Memo and Corliss and there was obviously the Wall-to-Wall front court. I was able to remain a fan despite the fact that Chauncey didn't play the way I wanted because there was a lot to like on that team.
After we beat Indiana the hatred stopped. While I still cringed at most of Chauncey's "Big" Shots, I just didn't want to keep waging the war against him both with my buddies, and with myself. By the Spurs series I was fully on board, (although I still think Wallace should have been MVP). At the same time, he must have changed a little bit as well. While I was nit-picking his play and complaining after all the bad decisions I noticed at how dangerous he was when he got in the lane and how few guards could stop him. Maybe he didn't change, and I just changed the way I was looking at him, but I kind of think he got a lot better over the course of the season. I mean shit, if we are beating teams then it is kind of hard to argue that he isn't playing well. Once we beat Indiana, I was sold, as the Pacers were kind of my measuring stick for how good we should be to take the next step (and they still are). After we went to the next level, it didn't matter that things might not have fit perfectly.
Wins fix everything. Once the Pistons start winning, there will be more than enough to enjoy about the team for every fanto be happy with what is going on. I can't guarantee we will win enough for me to be fully happy with Jennings or Josh Smith, but we might after a couple of seasons. For me it would probably take 50 wins or a trip to the ECF, but that's just a guess. There is also the possibility that they might change as well, leaving me with very little to hate. I'm pretty confident that we will get out and win a bunch more basketball games, which will be a