Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Curry's Fate Was Sealed By Iverson Trade

I wasn’t impressed with Michael Curry as head coach of the Pistons. He didn’t do much schematically to make his team better. He didn’t have the ear of the players nor a charismatic personality, which is often necessary when coaching, particularly in the NBA. He had a losing record and his team was utterly embarrassed during the opening round of the playoffs by Cleveland.
But it always comes back to the same thing, did Curry have a chance? Joe Dumars didn’t really give him one, did he? Remember this, he was 4-0 at the time of the Allen Iverson trade. How much different would Curry’s fate had been if that trade wasn’t made? That part of it will always be a defense for Curry - and an indictment of Dumars.

Labels:

7 Comments:

Blogger Larry Baker said...

Good point, Book. This comes right back on Joe. After all, Curry was supposed to lift character and provide accountability. Strange timing. I'll say this, however, I think there's gonna be a whole lot of shakin' goin' on at the Palace the next few days. Dumars is not timid about making moves.

P.S. I listened to his rather bland conference call today and thought it odd that he would not take questions on coaching staff because situation was "fluid". He also professed to want two new front court men on roster which I thought implied trade.

1:44 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pat,

Good point about Joe D and Curry. I wasn't real impressed with Curry myself, but the Billups trade truly killed the season and any chance that he may have had. How do you pull the trigger on that deal knowing that you have a rookie head coach and two difficult personalities in Rasheed and AI? Add the handling of Rip Hamilton into that, and it created one huge mess. If Larry Brown, Phil Jackson, or Red Auerbach were handed that situation as a rookie coach, none of them would have succeeded either.

Call me crazy, but the AI deal might have worked a bit better if Flip Saunders was still the coach of the team at the time. I'm not saying the Pistons would have made the Eastern Conference Finals, but I don't think they would've gotten steam-rolled in the playoffs. Like both you and Larry said, odd timing indeed.

Travis

2:54 PM 
Anonymous Marty said...

Pat,

I agree that Curry was put in a bad spot, but then he did nothing to make it better. He just did poorly in that bad spot, so replacing him makes all the sense in the world. It isn't like he will be put in a better spot the upcoming season.

-Marty

11:32 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Larry Baker,
None of the things Dumars said about Curry proved to be true. None. Then again, it wasn't like Dumars gave him a level court to play on.
Caputo

1:03 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Travis,
That's an interesting thought. How much different would Iverson have been had Flip still been the coach. Wonder how he would have handled it.
Caputo

1:04 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Travis,
That's an interesting thought. How much different would Iverson have been had Flip still been the coach. Wonder how he would have handled it.
Caputo

1:04 AM 
Blogger Pat Caputo said...

Marty,
Agreed. Kind of a double-whammy there. Not a good head coach in a bad situation.
Caputo

1:05 AM 

Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home