We all know what happened yesterday, right? No need to go through it again.
I was so pissed off yesterday I couldn't sleep and as I woke up today I literally had a bitter taste in my mouth. I spend most of the (working) day thinking about the lost pick and trying to find anything positive in all this. I even thought about the conversation I had with Mike Payne yesterday about the situation, which he saw as a somewhat positive, because he thought the players available at #8 this year were not all that useful to us and next years pick might turn out to be more valuable, albeit in a lower spot. I didn't agree with him then and I don't agree with him now. I think this is just another loss for this sorry ass team and us sorry ass fans.
But then I thought to myself, what if we kept the pick? Wat if this misery of owing a pick to the Bobcat/Hornets kept on going? What if next year we had a shot at a top pick due to an insurmountable amount of injuries and we lost it? But most importantly I thought, what if Joe Dumars' shitty trades kept on crippling this franchise? And then I finally smiled, the Joe Dumars era was truly and utterly over.
For me, if there's a positive thing to take from this whole situation, is the fact that the last shadow remaining from the shitty last 6 years is gone. I know there's still Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings (a.k.a. The Jith) on the roster, but there is no immediate fix to this (NYCDAT) and the roster inherited can never totally change in one offseason. The end of the Joe Dumars era coincided with the arrival of Van Gundy and a new hope for Pistons fans. If there's any symbolic meaning in that, I'll take it.
The way things turned out might also be beneficial for Gores too. As a rookie owner I felt he trusted Dumars too much and approved too many of his shitty moves, not that I would have liked it if he meddled too much, but I wish he were a bit more "informed" about the people working for him. He famously denied to amnesty Gordon because he considered it a matter of principle that he shouldn't pay someone to not work for him. I hope he now understands the cost of his move then, how this business works and why the owners insisted that there should be an amnesty clause for shitty contracts. I personally trust Gores and I think he learned from his mistakes, because you can only learn through the mistakes you make, not the mistakes people who work for you make and that trade was not only Dumars' but Gores' fault too.
There it is, I couldn't find a positive and I found two. The Joe Dumars era is over, it started great and it ended miserably, it has truly come full circle. Now the Van Gundy era begins without a draft pick, but without the lingering shadow of the past and, as Van Gundy says, with No Excuses.
P.S. Cleveland on the other hand kept things the way they are, a shitty owner who never seems to learn from his mistakes, a shitty management who will waste another pick and eventually a shitty coach, who will drive all the talent out of town and be gone in two years maximum. Same old, same old. Their fans that celebrate for their third #1 pick in the last 4 years better not wish for Gilbert's head come the middle of the season.