At least one Detroit journalist thinks Gordon is among the pieces needed for the franchise to return to championship form. Free Press columnist Michael Rosenberg writes: "Their arrivals put the Pistons back in the upper echelon of the Eastern Conference, and they allow Dumars to keep maneuvering until he has all the right pieces. Remember, he didn't add the final starter on the 2004 champs, Rasheed Wallace, until February of that season."
Detroit News journalist Chris McCosky praised Gordon as well: "But in Gordon, 26, they have a bona fide scorer, one who can get his shot off anytime, anywhere and one completely unafraid to take big shots in big spots. He silenced all critics with his performance in the playoffs last season (24 ppg)."
If anything, Gordon's performance in the playoffs exposed his greatest weakness and showed him to be -- as another former Chicago athlete was described -- a mental midget.
Gordon's hits -- which promise to be plenty -- will keep the Pistons in contention, but his misses -- which promise to come at critical junctures -- will be their demise.
Still, Rosenberg sums up his thoughts about Gordon with a simple phrase: "Pistons fans will love him."
Of course they will. But, like a mischievous two year old, they'll need to learn to love him despite the Gordonian petulance that will keep them from being a great team.