McDyess: 'We Didn't Give It All We Got'
Antonio McDyess is both the oldest Pistons starter as well as the only one without a championship ring. Not surprisingly, he always seemed to have the greatest sense of urgency. After being eliminated by the Celtics last night, he sat in his locker and quietly answered every last question, including whether he thought Joe Dumars might make serious changes to the roster this summer.
"He probably will because there's no more excuses," said McDyess. "Ain't no excuse why we didn't go back to the Finals this year. And I'm pretty sure he sees that. ... He's not blind and the fans are not blind." He added, "What went on this year, I can just say we didn't give it all we got."
McDyess was brutally honest in criticizing his team's effort. "It's like, you get pumped up, the whole season we played as well as we do, and we go through the first round, the second round ... Get to the third round and we don't give it like we normally give it. It's like we step out there like zombies sometimes."
"A wasted year. Another wasted year. That's how it seems to me. You play your heart out in the regular season and give it up in the end in the playoffs. It's just hard to accept sometimes when you think about it. It's like we worked so hard for nothing."
McDyess talked about coming back next year and starting over but admitted that the thought of hanging them up did pass his mind. "You don't understand, it's very hard, very hard. At one point I was sitting here thinking, like, hey, should I just retire? ... It's just a thought. I don't know. I don't think it's serious, but who knows? At this point I'm just tired of being letdown. ... Being letdown push you over the edge."
As frustrated as he is, he's not willing to switch teams in search of a title. "I don't want to be no ring-chaser, I don't want to be moving team to team being a ring-chaser. I can't do that. If I have to do that, I would definitely give it up. I mean, if I stay on this team another couple of years, we still have a chance, we just got to put our heart into it and do it."