Keith Langlois of Pistons.com in his article about the similarities between Greg Monroe and Tim Duncan* (emphasis mine):
They very nearly became teammates in the summer of 2000 when Orlando signed McGrady away from the Toronto Raptors and Grant Hill from the Pistons – the darkest day in the 54-year history of the Pistons in Detroit.
Uh, what? Am I alone in thinking that’s not even close to the darkest day in Detroit Pistons history?
To set a key ground rule, I think Langlois means how the day was perceived at the time – at least I hope so. Although nobody knew it then, Grant Hill signing with Orlando benefited the Pistons greatly by allowing them to land Ben Wallace and Chucky Atkins. Sure, it was a dark day at the time. In hindsight, no way.
But even at the time, I didn’t think it was that dark. Off the top of my head, I came up with eight darker days (in no particular order):
- The Malic at the Palace
- Phantom foul on Bill Laimbeer that cost Pistons 1988 title
- Larry Bird stealing the ball
- Adrian Dantley and Vinnie Johnson bumping heads to send the Celtics to the 1987 Finals
- Bill Davidson dying
- Chuck Daly dying
- Ben Wallace signing with Bulls
- Karl Malone elbowing Isiah Thomas’ face and basically ending Zeke’s career
So, I have two questions for you. What’s “the darkest day in the 54-year history of the Pistons in Detroit”? Where would you rank the day Grant Hill signed with the Magic?
*That’s not as bad as it sounds. I promise. I’ll have more on that angle of Langlois’ post later today, though.
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