MY RESPONSE TO JASON WHITLOCK
A number of you asked me to respond to the Jason Whitlock column that attacked the Pistons and accused some Detroit journalists of being in the Pistons' hip pocket. Here is my response.
Jason Whitlock is right on many accounts. The Pistons do throw mortars at people they want to get rid of.
They sneak behind people's backs and leak every mistake the person they want to get rid of has made. They did it to Don Chaney, Isiah Thomas, Billy McKinney, Doug Collins and Rick Carlisle. They are also doing it to Larry Brown.
Yet here is where Whitlock and I disagree. Larry Brown is the biggest culprit in this slow dance that seems to never end.
And by the way I am not a Pistons apologist and I am not in their hip pocket. In fact I was banned from all Pistons productions for a number of years. They felt I was too harsh on the organization when Tom Wilson ran the place. They wanted me fired but the editors at The News stood by me and asked if any of my damaging columns were filled with errors.
They were not.
I base my opinion on Larry Brown not on snippits of information from inside The Palace. I base it on talks with Brown's coaching pals who told me in November that Brown was looking to bolt after this season.
That may explain why the Pistons told Flip Saunders to stand by in February. Brown fired the first bullet and the Pistons were concerned.
I also went to a couple of social events attended by two Pistons players. We talked a bit and both players said they were very angry over the Brown saga. This was before the Eastern Conference Finals when the junk hit the fan. They felt betrayed by a coach who preached do the right thing, but wasn't doing it himself. However, they said they would remain professional and not make a stink of it in the press although I did hear some wanted to. But what good would that do during a play off run?
They smartly kept quiet.
I firmly believe this. If this makes me a Pistons' stooge then so be it.
Make sure you spell my name correctly on the buy out check.