Former Pistons guard Ben Gordon came to Detroit with images of grandeur in the summer of 2009, wanting to add to his growing resume as a bona fide scorer capable of adapting to any situation.
Of course, that didn't happen, as the guard was unceremoniously shipped to the Charlotte Bobcats before last June's draft for essentially cap space in the form of Corey Maggette's expiring contract.
Gordon, 29, didn't shy away from assessing his three years as a Piston, terming it "a failure."
"Yeah, because when I came here, it was — is — a great, storied organization," he said. "I had visions of going to the playoffs and things of that nature.
"We didn't make it while I was here and that was disappointing to me. We had the talent, but for some reason we were never able to reach that goal of being one of the better teams in the East."
As a member of the Chicago Bulls from 2004-09, Gordon commonly turned in 20-point games, but once he came to Detroit after signing a free-agent contract, those scoring binges were few and far between — and the pressure was completely different after signing for five years, $55 million.
He never found his comfort zone, playing behind longtime guard Richard Hamilton and for coach John Kuester, who seemed overwhelmed by the job as a head coach for the first two years. Other than a couple run-ins with Kuester, Gordon wasn't anywhere near the top of the list of character issues.
There was no debilitating injury, other than a nagging ankle problem that plagued Gordon for his first two years. And it might turn out Gordon is a case of addition by subtraction for the Pistons team today.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130107/SPORTS0102/301070358#ixzz2HIWqKEZ0
Ben Gordon calls his three seasons with Pistons a 'failure'
Detroit News | Jan 7