The Season thus far
This could be you-the ultimate fan
You think you're all set-you know your history, players, Palace, and how to watch the game on television, but you're still missing one thing. At this point, the 2004-2005 season is 1/4 over and you have no idea how the Pistons are doing. I'll give you a brief update as to where they stand, and then you'll be all set to start off running as a Pistons fan this Winter break.
Currently the Pistons are 12-10, and ranked 8th in ESPN's Power Rankings. This is not what fans were hoping for. They've been hovering around .500 all year, and this is not what many were expecting after last year's championship. We, as fans, have to realize however, that this is not the same team that won last year. Major changes have been made, and asking a well-oiled machine like the Pistons to evolve overnight is not going to happen. It may not be until the second half or end of this season until they start functioning as a team as well as they did last year. Also, after winning a championship, every team is gunning for you. Upstart teams look for a win against you to build confidence, and highly ranked teams play hard to solidify their place at the top. This all means that the Pistons never have a day off. Each time they step on the court they have to be prepared to play with the same intensity that won them the Championship.
True fans aren't worried...yet. The season has a long way to go, and Coach Larry Brown has been working on forming the identity of this new team. Once things start clicking, I'm sure the Pistons will be poised to make a run at the Finals again this year.