[Detroit Free-Press]

On the same day Detroit Mayor Dave Bing announced he wouldn’t seek re-election, news was breaking that a new police chief was headed for Detroit, a man the mayor did not select.

Just a day earlier, a report by emergency manager Kevyn Orr made national headlines for its detailed look at a city frighteningly close to bankruptcy.

Bing, a former NBA star who swore to bring back integrity and decorum to a City Hall battered by Kwame Kilpatrick-era corruption, rarely showed irritation at being slowly moved from the spotlight of center court, even as the city’s finances and politics spun beyond his control.