Yesterday after the Cavs mounted their late-game comeback to beat the Pistons in Detroit Auburn Hills, Antonio McDyess was talking. First he was talking about the game that just happened.
“If we keep playing like this, we’re going to be an under-.500 team, and we’ll be struggling to make the playoffs,” said Pistons forward Antonio McDyess. ” It’s frustrating. It’s a major letdown, and I can’t really put my finger on it.”
And credit McDyess’ loyalty to the Pistons’ front office for his return after being bought out by the Nuggets. At that point in time nobody knew how Allen Iverson was going to fit in with the Billups-less team. McDyess had no idea that the team he was returning to would struggle on the court with rotation questions, identity problems, and potentially chemistry problems with their coach. He couldn’t possibly have known, but even that security in his process can’t keep him from wondering what could have been had he accepted offers from teams like Boston or Cleveland.
“You look at the other side sometimes and think, but I don’t try and second guess myself,” he said. “I made this decision. I’ll live with it, and move on.”
We look at the other side sometimes and think too, Antonio. We wonder what it would have been like to have the good fortune of having a solid player choose to run for the championship alongside Lebron. We wonder what it would be like analyzing trade scenarios with Wally and Anderson Varejao if we had Antonio McDyess on the roster.
Well, hopefully the next Antonio McDyess makes the right decision and sees this Cavaliers team for what it can be this upcoming playoff season. And hopefully McDyess considers joining the Cavaliers for next year. He would certainly seem like a pretty good option for the Cavaliers’ mid-level exception.