How the Detroit Pistons went from the doorstep of a dynasty to over 10 years without a playoff win

The Detroit Pistons and their president of basketball operations, Joe Dumars, had constructed a magnificent roster that went out every night and performed a beautiful hoops symphony of selfless ball with ferocious defense. They rode that to an NBA Championship, came excruciatingly close to repeating, leading to Dumars becoming irrationally impatient, losing his touch, and eventually trading his team’s leader and floor general for pennies on the dollar — and it sent them falling down a pit of despair of terrible hires, trades, signings, draft picks, even a mutiny against a head coach … until they were nothing but unidentifiable rubble. Written and produced by Alex Rubenstein Shot by Michael Imhoff Edited By Jiazhen Zhang Motion Graphics by Michael Das


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