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Joe Dumars Week recap






Thanks to Matt Moore, Ryan Slocum, David Thorpe, Michael Rosenberg and Mike Payne for participating in 3-on-3s. Their voices certainly added a lot to the discussion.

Also thanks to everyone who commented on our posts. I know I speak for Patrick when I say how much we enjoyed the comments in the last week. There are still some though-provoking responses I haven’t had a chance to answer yet, but I’m hoping to go through those tonight.

Joe Dumars Week

Joe Dumars inspires an incredible range of opinions among Pistons fans. Eight years ago, a team he built won an NBA championship. Now, the team he built is more likely to win the NBA lottery.

One of the greatest players in franchise history, Dumars became the Pistons’ general manager in 2000. Since then, he’s been rated as the league’s best GM and it’s worst. No doubt, he fits somewhere between, but where?

This week, in addition to our normal coverage, we’re going to present a series of posts on Dumars – a referendum on his tenure as Pistons president, and ultimately, whether it should continue.

Ladies and Gentleman, Joe Dumars Week begins.

NBA lockout set to end

The NBA owners and players have agreed to end the lockout, and that means PistonPowered’s focus will turn to the upcoming season. We’re still going to finish “Chevette to Corvette,” but that will only supplement our posts on the 2011-12 Pistons.

Most of our coverage of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement will focus on what it means to the Pistons, but if you want to understand more about what’s happening league-wide right now, Royce Young of Eye on Basketball and Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press each wrote very informative Q and As about the lockout ending.

I’m sure I speak for many of you when I say it’s great to get this ship sailing again.

Watch the Bad Boys beat the Bucks and Bulls during the 1989 playoffs

Speaking of Isiah Thomas, NBATV will replay a pair of old Pistons games today, beginning at 2 p.m. (hat tip: Zach Harper of TrueHoop).

The first is Game 4 of the 1989 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Bucks:

Pistons G Isiah Thomas had a triple-double to lead the Pistons into the Conference Finals

That’s followed by Game 6 of the 1989 Eastern Conference finals:

Despite Bulls G Michael Jordan’s 32 points, the Pistons, lead by Isiah Thomas, defeated the Bulls once again in the Playoffs.

If you can’t watch at 2 p.m. today, don’t fret. NBATV will continue to show both games in four-hour blocks through noon tomorrow.

And if you can’t watch any of those showings, you can read about the games (and even if you watch, you can still read about them). I plan to write Matt Moore-esque recaps of each game. Hopefully, I can start watching at 2 p.m., but slight chance I’ll have to wait until a later showing.

So, watch along, and then we can discuss the games in the comments.

Join the PistonPowered Mock GM league on PASPN

PASPN is hosting a Mock GM league for PistonPowered, and sign up begins today. Claim a team, make trades, sign free agents. It’s a fun time, and because the league is for PistonPowered, you might end up dealing with folks you already recognize from the comments.

Rock out with the lockout

It’s 12:01 a.m. Eastern, and that means the NBA’s lockout is officially underway. That certainly puts a damper on July 1, typically an exciting day when free agents can begin meeting with teams.

But fret not – or at least don’t fret too much. We’re still here, and we’re not going away. Plus, our site won’t regress back to the “stone ages.” We might even make upgrades!

We have a lot planned for the summer:

  • A book club
  • Continuing Assist Charts
  • Ranking the Pistons’ seasons

That’s just the start. We have a few more ideas we’re kicking around, too.

I can also say with almost complete confidence, there will be a next season. I have no idea when it will begin, but I can’t imagine the NBA will fold. So, that means we’ll continue to look back on last season with an eye on next year. Especially, we have a few rookies who we don’t know as much about to analyze.

And we’ll cover that whole player-owner thing, too.

So, please, stick around. There’s no hiding that the lockout stinks, but we’ll do our best to keep this site enjoyable during the stoppage.

Add us to your AdBlock whitelist

Some readers have recently reported having problems viewing content at PistonPowered, with a red background rendering most content virtually unreadable. Thanks to a helpful tip from commenter nuetes, there’s an easy fix.

If you’re having trouble viewing the site, check to see if you have the AdBlock plugin enabled in your browser. If so, it’s relatively easy to add PistonPowered.com to the whitelist so that it’s disabled only when you visit here (though I’d encourage you to add other sites you trust to the list as well).

A quick Google search should give you all the details, but if you’re having trouble figuring it out, leave a comment on this post with your browser of choice and the name of the plugin you’re using and I’ll try to point you in the right direction.

We try our best to make AdBlock unnecessary here by keeping ads that are offensive or invasive off the site. If you ever see one you think falls into either category, don’t hesitate to bring it to our attention.

No Draft Dreams today

Unfortunately, Patrick lost power, so he won’t have a Draft Dreams post for today. Hopefully, he’ll be back up and running for Wednesday.

The end of annoying ads

We recently switched ad networks on the site, and in setting up our new ads, I overlooked some basic settings. As a result, some of the sidebar spots have contained auto-play audio content and risque images, which a few readers brought to our attention. I’ve since fixed the issue, and you shouldn’t experience any more of these types of ads on this site.

There are few things on the internet that I hate more than intrusive advertisements, so I understand any frustration you may have experienced with these new ads. They help pay the bills, but our goal first and foremost here at PistonPowered is to always make great content available to our readers without interruptions or distractions. Sorry for the inconvenience.

No offseason for PistonPowered

I know I can speak for Patrick when I say we really appreciated the complimentary comments we received yesterday as the Pistons’ season came to a close. Honestly, they mean a lot.

But we’re not going anywhere.

This won’t be a quiet summer for the Pistons, who have a new owner to get to know, a high draft pick, key free agents, players they probably want to trade and a soon-to-be-fired coach. Just like during the season, there are still ideas to generate, decisions to analyze and charts to make.

Patrick and I have big plans for the offseason – however long it may be. To give a preview, we’ll have:

That won’t be all, so stick around and join us as the Pistons hopefully enter a new era.