Originally Posted by Amente
The reason many say that Detroit doesn't get any respect is because they hadn't all year.
For most of the season, media and bball analysts have had the Spurs, Heat and Suns (once they ran off a great record) as the teams likely to win the title. The Pistons have received little chance of repeating throughout most of the season.
Usually when you're the underdog - as the Pistons are - and when you're the team that just lost some of the media is likely to take the angle of what the losing team needs to do to win the next one rather than what it is the winning team needs to do to continue winning.
It is true that the Suns, Heat and Spurs recieved more respect than the Pistons. But this was not really from a lack of respect for the Pistons, but more from the way the season was played out.
In the beginning of the year the Suns, Spurs and even the Sonics were fighting it out for the best record, way above the Pistons pace. And once the help adjusted to Shaq and Wade playing together, the Heat were amoung the hottest teams in the land, again more impressive than the Pistons. Although the Pistons chugged along and started playing solid ball, all of those mentioned above except the Sonics kept pace. Even the Nuggets jumped into the mix, as they only played tough enough to deliver the 4th best record ALL TIME after the break.