Here's the tough part about running the Pistons.

This franchise is not a destination for high-profile free agents. The Pistons never have convinced a superstar to come here, and it's doubtful they ever will.

Players want to go to Los Angeles, New York, Chicago and South Beach.

Kobe Bryant is a prime example. According to a Yahoo! Sports report, Bryant met with the late Jerry Buss in 2007, and requested a trade.

The Pistons were willing to ship Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton, Amir Johnson and a first-round pick to the Lakers for Bryant.

But Detroit is not L.A. — no glitz and glamour — and Bryant nixed the deal.

Instead of Bryant, the Pistons have signed guys like Bison Dele, Nazr Mohammed, Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

Not superstars.

Pick wisely

So, how do you get the best to play for a franchise like Detroit?

Drafting them for starters. Keeping them, well, that's another subject — see LeBron James in Cleveland, and Chris Bosh in Toronto, and Shaquille O'Neal in Orlando and so on.

The Pistons?

Well, they've had some great players — that they drafted.

Dave Bing. Isiah Thomas. Dennis Rodman. Bob Lanier.

On one hand, president Joe Dumars always wanted to make a splash with a star.

That's why he tried — twice — to get Allen Iverson. But by the time he was successful, Iverson's crossover turned into a crawl-over.

Dumars also wanted James — before he landed in Miami.

"This is a first-class organization that is going to treat players and their families in a first-class manner," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "You have great facilities and have a team, coaches, players, management who care and make sure this is a positive experience."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130220/OPINION03/302200336#ixzz2LSKs9a8z