Passing Lanes: An Alternate Reality Divergence for My Detroit Pistons (Move #1: JoD's lookin' for a j-o-b)

Inspired by MF Awesome.Hog, I have taken up the challenge offered to me and ________ to take over the franchise from now through the summer and describe how things would be different. I proposed doing this as though these posts are articles coming out periodically, just as we consume real Pistons news.

I also propose that, to explain this universe and get into the divergence, Tom Gores has disappeared after going toe-to-toe with NYC police officer John McClane over the Christmas holiday in Los Angeles. After much legal wrangling, I - and in Mike's thread, he (if he takes up the challenge - have taken over the team.

And, this time, it's personal. These are my Pistons.

Joe Dumars fired; new owner promises new era of roster balance



The Detroit Pistons have fired long-time general manager Joe Dumars.

Dumars's tenure as GM has been wrought with controversy among the Pistons's fan base for several seasons now. From the draft picks of Mateen Cleaves, Rodney White, and Darko Milicic, through the questionable decisions to trade Arron Afflalo, Amir Johnson, and Chauncey Billups (leading to the disastrous Allen Iverson experiment), to the base-breaking signings of Charlie Villanueva, Ben Gordon, and Josh Smith, Dumars has long teetered on the edge of genius and insanity. But, after numerous coach firings and losing seasons, his time was at an end.

"We're moving in a new direction," said new majority owner Ron Marshall. "We will always love Joe for his contributions in bringing three championships to Detroit. However, we feel that it's time to get back to our successful roots - a balanced roster that can create matchup problems for our opponents and a commitment to defense that will return us to our rightful place as one of the elite teams in the NBA. We are confident that (interim GM) Kevin (Sawyer) will help us steady the ship through this transition, and we look forward to the future."

It has been well-documented, however, that Marshall and Sawyer have butted heads in the past. When asked about the long-term futures of Sawyer as GM and Coach Maurice Cheeks, Marshall only stated, "At this point, everything is up for evaluation. We will do whatever it takes to get the Detroit Pistons to be synonymous with 'champions' again."

The Pistons play the Heat tomorrow night in Miami.

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