#1) From listening to Joe-D's interviews today, it seems clear that he's going to be putting a premium on "character" moving ahead. It's simple to blame this on Iverson, but I think that it's much more complicated. The 04' championship squad, that was a team with character. But what about the pre-Iverson 08' ECF runners-up (the team that Joe-D called out for not giving 100%)!? Something happened. It might have been the all-star games getting to their heads, it might have been sheed, or it might have been age. I'm not sure what happened, but I don't think that it's going to be happening again. From here on out, it's going to be nothing but hard-working, loyal, team-players (aka...no more calling out coaches in the papers). So, I would guess that we're not going to be pursuing talented attitude-problems like Amare Stoudemire, Josh Smith, etc. It also means that we might be parting with Richard Hamilton, as rumor has it he was not even speaking to coach towards the end of the season. #2) From listening to these interviews today, it also sounds like we're going to be taking a spread n' shred approach to game Here's a great quote from Michael Curry: "The way the game is now, you have to have four skilled players on the floor," Curry said. "When you have penetrating guards like we do in Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum, you want a big guy who stands out there and makes defenses guard him all the way out to the 3-point line. We think that's what this guy will be able to do." Notice that he didn't mention Richard Hamilton!? I also thought it was strange that in an interview on 97.1 the ticket Joe-D said, (paraphrasing) "we like our backcourt, we like rodney stuckey, will bynum, aaron afflalo...and rip." In that same interview Joe-D also explained that because the games are officiated the way they are nowadays, its important to be able to spread the court out with shooters. I think our new approach is this: #1) shooters at the 3 and 4 positions to spread out the court. #2) penetrating guards that can handle the ball. Its sort of like the orlando magic approach. #3) Did anyone else see Chris Broussard's report on ESPN this morning!? Here's a link - SportsCenter Right Now - ESPN Video - ESPN He states that he thinks the Pistons are going to end up with Boozer and Turkoglu. Think about it. Spread n' Shred: C: Boozer, Brown? PF: Turkoglu, Maxiel SF: Prince, Daye SG: Hamilton, Afflalo PG: Stuckey, Bynum Boozer is in the middle doing dirty work; Turk and Tay are spreading the court out at the three and four; Stuckey and Bynum give us some penetrating guards. Rip might very well be on the block...as we could use a better second penetrating guard...but he can spread it out a little, and he can penetrate a little. Daye's eventually going to give us a combo forward that can spread the court out off the bench as well.