I don't mean to rain on the parade the day before opening night but -
Our team is nowhere close to the Pistons. Reggie was absolutely right in picking the Pistons. I am glad he did not do a Bill Lambeer in that studio show. Being a homer is good for a day but one would like a fool if you continue that. Reggie is a person of integrity and will pick objectively.
I have all along said that 80% of the starting lineup is either made up of nutcases or has a fragile psyche. They are good people but are just not mature and lack discipline and do not have a high level of concentration. We tend to underestimate what Reggie did as the glue on that team. I would even venture to say that he retired because he saw some things last year which made him think that this team lacked the discipline to do it on all nights and all through a season. All the whining to the refs on the court, breaking plays and not playing within the system will get you nothing. I am not even going to get into the 11/19 fiasco.
I am going to follow this team just like I did teams of the past but it hurts me when I see all the whining, lack of discipline, etc. The 90s teams of the past were disciplined and played good team ball. I just am not confident that this team has the frame of mind and level of concentration to do that.
Probably, Reggie picked the Pistons just to make the Pacers have a chip on their shoulder and rally around.