By: Bogart Lipe
There are things you just know to be a fact. It can be peculiar at times, since you may not have ever been taught these things you know to be facts. You may have never experienced these things, yet you nonetheless know these things to be facts. I have never eaten filet mignon, but if you asked me if filet mignon was delectable, I would confirm. I have never had somebody sit me down and tell me, “Filet mignon is delectable.” But, I know filet mignon is, in fact, delectable. The same thing can be said for the contrary as well. I have never eaten the Burger King Halloween Burger. I have never had somebody sit me down and tell me, “The Burger King Halloween Burger is a culinary catastrophe.” But, I know the Burger King Halloween Burger is, in fact, a culinary catastrophe.
In a recent report by The New York Times’ Marc Stein (that was weird to type out), the Pistons are interested in bringing aboard Chauncey Billups to work in tandem with current vice chairman and former player agent Arn Tellem in a “totally revamped front office.” Both the Pistons and Billups shot down the rumors, as one could have expected. Like the Pistons’ current record, let’s ignore this. Let’s agree that neither would be inclined to confirm the rumors, as Stan Van Gundy currently holds the position that is being rumored to open up, according to Stein.
Chauncey and the Pistons are meant for each other. Now that the report has come out, it feels as though the Pistons would be incomplete without him (He is admittedly just fine without the Pistons, as he looks amazing and is fabulous on TV for ESPN). It’s a beautiful relationship. I miss him tremendously. Every Pistons fan shares my sentiment. Chauncey will always be one of the most beloved figures in Pistons and Detroit sports history. Chauncey, like the rest of the players from the 2004 team, are immortalized in the city and state. Him taking (at least some of) the reins in the front office, a position Chauncey has expressed interest in at the NBA level, feels like a necessary and timely change for the team and the fans.
Stan Van Gundy has worn out his stay. As a supporter of SVG since his first day, even I know this. If he does end up losing his job upstairs with the Pistons, he will have to be relieved of his coaching duties as well. He will find another job elsewhere, as he is an objectively good coach and the NBA will have openings every year.
However, Chauncey would be a flawless hiring. He has always been a basketball intellectual, and seems that he would make for a successful general manager or a comparable position. And if he’s not? Honestly, whatever. The team is already stuck on the treadmill of mediocrity. Why not take a chance (again) on Chauncey, a man who has made it clear he still loves Detroit? It would prove to be great PR and would also make logical sense to hire him.
Not to mention, the last time the Pistons hired a former Piston Finals MVP to a front office position, things went pretty well.