The Joe Dumars blueprint for creating a championship franchise is pretty extraordinary. I wonder just how much of this was calculated and how much of this was luck. Regardless, the results have been amazing. When you think about when Joe Dumars inherited the Detroit Pistons he was staring at a franchise that had loss its fan support, championship swagger and could not land an upper tier free agent to save its life. Grant Hill was leaving the franchise. We couldn't even get homegrown players like Jalen Rose or Chris Webber to give us a look. Most GMs would consider this an unwinnable situation. But fortunately for Detroit, we don't have just any GM...with have Joey D! So what did Joey D. do? slashed ticket prices to be the cheapest in the league brought back traditional late 80's championship Detroit Pistons uniforms brought players to the team with short term contracts that fit the bill of journeyman or underachiever that had something to prove instilled a philosophy of only bringing in high "character" guys invested a large deal of resources to scouting "European" (International) talent as free agent/draft prospects got bigger! added more PFs and Cs to the roster brought in a great X's and O's coach Rick Carlisle that had something to prove as well Result: Two 50 Win seasons Reinspired fan base that buys into the Pistons blue collar philosophy Coach of the Year, Six Man of the Year, Defensive Player of the Year Emerging young talent Playoff Experience Developed a defensive identity Evolving to a clutch team ~ Spotless record in overtime games Discipline and a winning attitude (Thank you Rick Carlisle) Dayummmmmmmm!!!!! To most GMs this would be considered a success in itself, but not our famous #4! Joe Dumars is in it to win championships. Early criticism of the Pistons said that we could not win without a superstar player...and our collection of players (Chauncey, Rip, Prince, Wallace and Robinson/Campbell/Okur/Williamson) simply was not the answer. Critics questioned Carlisle ability to make adjustments in the playoffs. So what was Joey D's response? Hired a Hall of Fame coach Got Even Bigger! Stacked up with quality PFs and Cs Drafted Darko with the #2 overall pick of the draft Aquired by trade and resigned Rasheed Wallace without the overhead of losing one of its core players Actively attacked free agency to bring in complimentary players (Hunter, James, McDyess, etc..) Incrementally raised ticket prices Results: Two NBA Finals appearances Responsible for the biggest upset in NBA Finals History NBA Championship Defensive Team Records (most games holding an opponent to under 70 points, etc...) Three all defensive team players in Billups, Prince and Wallace Rated top franchise in all of sports Evolution of starting five into all-star candidates On the list of one of the most desireable teams for free agents Strict attention to details. (Thank you Coach Brown) So with one championship already on the books, what does Joey D plan to do from here? Win more championships of course. Dumars knows that this is the only way these Pistons will truely be noted in history as being special. With the loss of Coach Brown and the non-existence of a productive bench our visionary had a new list of issues to deal with. Dumars had to establish/secure a strategy for insuring that his team evolves into a dynasty while laying the groundwork for future contention so as not to ever be in the position we were in during the mid to late 90's. So he got busy: Hired an offensive minded coach, Flip Saunders, with the hope of elevating our offensive production while maintaining our defensive prowess Continued to invest in our young talent (Arroyo, Delfino, Darko) and evolve them into a strong bench/future of franchise Continued to bring in complimentary talent through free agency (Evans, Davis) Continued to secure the Pistons core to long term deals without crippling the franchise financially Completely dropped all references to the old Pistons Horse logo and Teal with the exception of Hooper. (Thank the LORD!) Will these latest changes lead to another championship and many more to come? I wouldn't bet against Joe. Joe Dumars, NBA Finals MVP. Someone forgot to tell him it was only supposed to be for one season.