Curry Should Be Retained As Piston Coach, But...
Curry didn’t have much of a chance his first season. The team was 4-0 when Dumars made the ill-fated Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson trade with Denver.
But understanding whether Curry was at a disadvantage, and wondering if he is the long-term solution as the Pistons’ coach, are two different matters.
While the Pistons were troubled by the Iverson situation, Curry let it linger longer than it should have. The team was playing really well when Richard Hamilton, actually, came back from injury. Instead of seeing the obvious - or admitting it - Curry went right back to the three-guard system with Iverson, Hamilton and Rodney Stuckey that wasn’t working. Then he had Hamilton coming off the bench, which presented a bad mix. Then he had Iverson coming off the bench, which was even worse. By then the season had deteriorated. Curry should have been much more decisive much sooner.
Also, did the Pistons’ young players - Amir Johnson, Jason Maxiell and Stuckey - make progress or regress this season under Curry?
Those are legitimate issues that can be raised about Curry’s coaching - regardless the bad hand he was dealt by Dumars.
- I like Ryan Perry’s stuff a lot, but you can tell his confidence has been shaken. Jim Leyland needs to either put him in a less-than-pressure packed role right now or Dave Dombrowski needs to give him some time in the minors. Freddy Dolsi is pitching very well at Toledo.
- Should the Red Wings consider bringing up a fighter like Aaron Downey or Darren McCarty for this series with Anaheim? You know the Ducks are going to be looking for trouble.
My column Wednesday on the Ducks-Red Wings series: