Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Chuck Daly, the greatest coach in Detroit Pistons' history, died over the weekend after a
long battle short agressive battle with cancer. He created the infamous Detroit Bad Boys style of basketball – which to some extent still continues today, almost two decades after he ended a 7-year career as the Pistons' head coach.
What a career it was. He took his teams to the NBA finals three times and won them twice. The second time, they called it a "Daly Double." I liked that. The Daly Double.
Daly was the man, always dressed to impress. His expensive suits and sophisticated demeanor earned him the name Daddy Rich.
He once said one of the most memorable things I've ever head an NBA coach say – "coaching an NBA team is like dealing with 12 CEOs." He was a master of motivation and strategy. His were teams where there was no one superstar. It was common ind Daly's Pistons days for six guys to score 15 points each.
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Thursday, December 13, 2007
By Paul J. Pickett
I was reminded of why culture matters the other night as I watched a very brief interview with Hall of Fame Detroit Pistons player-turned-President of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars. He said
“You have to fight complacency anywhere you see it within your organization. You have to fight it anywhere you see it. So everyday I come in here, it’s about maintaining success and keeping your foot on the gas. And….we have to make sure we maintain our culture.”
I really like this quote, but I gotta tell you, being a Pistons fan has been strangely frustrating for the last five years. I say strangely frustrating because despite making it to the NBA’s version of the Final Four for the last five seasons in a row, they’ve only won the NBA championship once, back in 2004. And it’s not just that they only won the championship once, it’s that they were so close to getting back to that point time-and-time again.
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