Back in June, I argued that John Kuester was not problem with the Detroit Pistons. Despite the fact that he handled plenty of things poorly, the roster that he inherited simply wasn’t strong enough to compete.
Nevertheless, Kuester was fired, a new coaching staff was hired, but little else changed.
Unfortunately, Lawrence Frank has not been the answer Pistons fans have hoped for.
After losing to Boston tonight, the Pistons have lost three consecutive games by a combined total of 39 (!!) points. And frankly, that understates how poorly the team has performed.
From here, things don’t get any easier. Of the Pistons next 19 games (through January, 2012), the Pistons are likely to be significant underdogs in all but 4 – Charlotte, Minnesota, and Milwaukee (twice) – and they will likely be slight underdogs in those games as well.
It is very possible that the 2011-2012 could threaten Lawrence Frank’s own New Jersey Nets for the worst start in NBA history.
There is little Lawrence Frank can do to avoid that.
No discredit to Frank intended, however. He seems like a fine head coach who manages his players and himself very well. The problem with the Pistons is not that Frank and/or the rest of the coaching staff is insufficient.
The problem is that this collection of players simply doesn’t have what it takes to be a winning basketball team.
And nothing short of a wholesale roster overhaul is going to fix that.
No hard feelings, Larry. I don’t think this is your fault at all.