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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

McHale rips Detroit's signing of Gordon, Villanueva

The Celtics-Pistons game Tuesday night was featured on NBA TV’s Fan Night. Analyst Kevin McHale was not kind when discussing Detroit's signing of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva is the offseason.

“A cautionary tale of all GMs that have a few bucks in their pocket; sometimes its better not to spend it," McHale said. "They spent it on Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, two nice players but not players who are going to probably be able to carry your team. They are nice complementary players."

Both Gordon and Villanueva are coming off a horrible month of February and are struggling to get consistent minutes. Not exactly the return on investment the Pistons hoped for. Both were coming off career years last season, but are now regulated to role players off the bench for a bad Detroit team.

Mahorn says team has no identity
Former Piston Rick Mahorn joined the NBA TV broadcast at halftime and was asked what he felt the Pistons are currently missing.

“You put your finger on identity, each team has an identity. What are you known for? Right now, we just don’t have an identity," Mahorn said.

Mahorn is spot on with his assessment. The team has been horrid offensively and ranks among the league's worst in nearly every offensive category. Making matters worse Detroit is nowhere near the defensive powerhouse it once was. What is the team's identity? A lottery bound team in need of an overhaul.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hahaha who cares what Kevin McHale thinks, its not like he did a good job as a GM. Its like hearing Matt Millen critcize another GM, it means nothing.

March 4, 2010 at 12:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I know! He put together a team that under-achieved every year.

March 4, 2010 at 3:05 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lets see... how many championship teams has McHale put about is he even associated with a team now? When were the T'Wolves ever really good when he was GM/coach? He's NOT qualified to say quote Jay-Z "Sorry we dont believe you.. you need more people!!"

March 4, 2010 at 4:38 PM 
Blogger bernie said...

Somebody should remind Mchale while his teams in minny were going down in burning flames every year!!! Dumars teams were playing in the eastern finals? the NBA should not let there analyst drink booze during games! Dumars' team has been getting younger the last two years, and next year he will look like the genius he really is as a GM in the NBA!

March 5, 2010 at 7:23 AM 
Anonymous Grant said...

Yes, McHale was a pretty bad GM. Meanwhile, he is spot on with his comments here. Villanueva, especially, is terrible. The Pistons overpaid for him when they could have gone after someone like David Lee. David Lee is better in just about every facet of the game, even defense, and Lee is not good at defense. Charlie is atrocious, though. And Lee would have come cheaper that Villanueva. Dumars has really botched the last few years (the Chauncey trade, letting Afflalo go, passing on Lawson/Collison at 15, passing on Blair at 35 and jumping the gun with his sudden influx of cap space by giving it to two one dimensional players).

March 5, 2010 at 10:07 AM 
Blogger Dave Pemberton said...

You guys are right Kevin McHale's track record as a GM is not very good, but he is paid to give his opinion now and the jury is still out on the signing of Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

Odds are they won't be as bad as they have been as of late, but Joe Dumars was hoping they would get better, not stay the same and especially not get worse. They are both young and will have time to prove they are worth the deals they got, but time will tell how those signings work out.

I agree Dumars has had some moves back fire on him, but 34 other teams passed on Blair too. And signing David Lee would have been a better move, but Lee was a restricted free agent and any deal Detroit signed him to would have likely been matched by the Knicks. Rather than tie up money on a player they likely wouldn't get anyways, the Pistons went after someone else. The Knicks should have locked up Lee long term last summer because he is going to demand more money this year.

March 5, 2010 at 3:20 PM 

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