Before they win, the Detroit Pistons need to earn the respect of their NBA rivals

The top players of some of the best NBA teams this season were sidelined as they played Detroit Pistons with ‘trauma’. The first step to earning respect for the Pistons is for teams to think they have to take them on at full strength.

The NBA has some interesting players and it’s always fun to watch them play against the Detroit Pistons. As the club continues to rebuild, a major milestone of progress in terms of how they come up against the best players.

To see Cade Cunningham up against Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors or Devin Booker of the Phoenix Suns, it would be interesting to watch and very instructive for a promising rookie, like Cunningham.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get the chance.

Both Curry and Booker were sidelined as their respective teams played the Pistons, although they were fit enough to play the extended minutes of the previous game.

Why? The answer is obvious.

They think they can give their top players a break and still win. The problem for Detroit is…. So far, they’ve been right.

Closed but Pistons don’t make them pay

Detroit has some interesting matches that have not been decided yet until the last minute against both the Warriors and the Suns, but those teams managed to leave the Little Caesars Arena with a ‘W’.

It would be great to defeat them, and show that they must gather all their troops and be ready to fight, if they are to defeat the Pistons.

On the other hand, the Los Angeles Lakers have had a lot of trouble with the Pistons over the past few years. They either win or lose close to Detroit.

When the Lakers arrived on November 21 for the only game in Detroit, LeBron James was listed as questionable for the game on the injury list. He played (like Isaiah Stewart can testify), and the Lakers barely survived, rallying from a 15-point deficit in three periods to win.

If LeBron didn’t play, the Lakers would most likely lose, and they knew they would go through. That’s why James plays.

That’s the fear Detroit must put on all the teams in the NBA.

As the big native Aretha Franklin sand in Detroit, it’s all about RESPECT.

Before the Pistons can start kicking the playoffs and win, they must earn the respect of their opponents. They couldn’t think they could sit in their top players and still win. Even if the Pistons don’t win, they have to make their opponents take them lightly.

If Detroit can improve and cause some overconfident teams to suffer by beating them, the Pistons will be on the road to respectability again.

Besides being a problem for the team, this also affects the fans. Western Conference teams only visit Detroit once a season. If stars like Curry and Booker aren’t competing, there’s no other chance for fans in Detroit to see them live.

Had James not played, there would have been a lot of disappointment among basketball fans at the LCA. The inability of NBA fans to trust their opponent’s top players in action could hurt the Pistons’ ticket sales.

Pistons should be respected. Before they win, the Detroit Pistons need to earn the respect of their NBA rivals

Huynh Nguyen

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