Owner Tom Gores enters every season excited about his team's prospects. He was excited about the championship pedigree of Joe Dumars, excited about the signing of Josh Smith and excited about the hiring of Stan Van Gundy.
Year two of the Van Gundy era, however, feels different, according to Gores. And it goes beyond his team being 2-0 for the first time in Gores' tenure.
In fact, being two games above .500 is more success than Gores has ever experienced in his five years of ownership of the Pistons, as I indicated in a tweet after last night's thrilling victory over the Utah Jazz.
It has been 2,420 days since the Pistons have been two games above .500. Think about that. Then thank this man. pic.twitter.com/ArByWLucem— Detroit Bad Boys ☠ (@detroitbadboys) October 29, 2015
This time, Gores said during a press conference at the home opener, is different. And it's hard to argue with him.
Van Gundy, who serves as both president and head coach, was able to lay a foundation that is finally paying dividends. He's essentially remade the entire roster outside of Andre Drummond and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. He's installed his system, and preached his philosophies. He's rebuilt the entire front office and organizational structure.
As detailed in the Detroit News:
"I think (Van Gundy) really began to reset the culture of the Pistons and what I've seen, I am really comfortable with it," Gores said. "I am pretty excited about it. I give so much credit to Stan Van Gundy. I can talk about culture. I can talk about chemistry. But that has to get done every single day. That has to get done on the floor.
"It is not about speeches. It is about walking the talk. I feel like my vision is about to walk the talk because of the people on the ground."
"There's something special going on. I'm not saying it's going to be perfect for us, but there's something special going on," Gores said, according to MLive.
About a possible move to downtown Detroit, Gores had this to say, again according to the Detroit News:
"We've talked about this for a long time," Gores said. "I think you've got to respect the home you are in. Whatever home you are living in, you've got to make it the best possible. I really believe that.
"So I don't rule out downtown, but for now this is our home. I can't have guests in the house tonight and not take care of this house. That is our responsibility running this franchise. We want to do everything 100 percent. Whatever the future is, I'll see what happens. But the fact is tonight there are kids, parents, fans and everybody else here."
What say you, DBB? Is Gores right; is there something special going on?