AUBURN HILLS -- It has become a ritual of sports -- something like the Olympics or the World Cup.
Every two years, the media of Detroit gather at the Palace for the grand unveiling of the new Pistons coach. The ceremony is the same -- the Palace employees gather in the atrium and applaud the new coach, while Joe Dumars talks about how convinced he is that this is the right man to bring the franchise back to its glory days.
The only thing that changes in the name of the coach and the technology level of the presentation. This time, while Maurice Cheeks was introduced, two screens behind him scrolled pictures of him coaching along with shots of the few players still in good standing -- Brandon Knight, Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Rodney Stuckey, Kyle Singler and Jonas Jerebko.
Even Dumars acknowledged that what happened Thursday morning was nothing more than a show.
"People are going to be skeptical about this hire until Mo proves himself," he said. "In this business, and especi...