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Detroit Pistons Preseason Report 2014 posted by Pistons Fan

Detroit Pistons had everything that could make a great team, and yet 2013-14 season turned out to be a mess. Detroit made great new acquisitions of Brandon Jennings for point guard and Josh Smith for forward, but by the end of the season, they did not matter much. Even the Eastern Conference, which is weaker, did not make any difference, and the Pistons were not seen anywhere near the playoffs, finishing the season with a dismal 29-53.

For 2014-2015, the main change that provides hope for the Detroit Pistons is hiring Stan Van Gundy for managing and coaching the team. Van Gundy has the challenging task of setting right, a team that is left in disarray by GM Joe Dumars. Experts still feel, giving up Chauncey Billups, years ago, has brought bad luck to the team. Taking over in May, Van Gundy has not actively made any changes for the offseason. However, Gundy will be looking to clear up positional issues that might be affecting the available talent.

Detroit Pistons had only second round selection in the draft, and the team took in Spencer Dinwiddie, who is considered talent belonging in the first round. Pistons managed to add major players such as Aaron Gray, Cartier Martin, and Jodie Meeks through free agency. Brandon Jennings, whose APG has improved, will be manning the PG. However, Jennings has regressed in PPG and FT and FG percentages, and it is time he stepped up to lead the team.

Josh Smith who plays the SF position, is actually more suited for PF, and Van Gundy could move him to new position or out of the team altogether. Greg Monroe could be back, being a restricted free agent and having not signed any offers. Considering that the coaching will be better this season, the Detroit Pistons have a chance of 35 wins.

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Bulls Bag Another Win posted by Richard Kagan

The Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons, 83-71 on Friday night at the United Center.  Chicago has a 42-11 NBA league record and they now have a 14-5 record without Derrick Rose.  In this game, Luol Deng scored 22 points, while Boozer and Noah both had double figures games.  The Bigs did the job tonight while the guards were not that crucial.  Noah was tough down the stretch, rebounding and scoring.  Despite the winning, the main question is when will Rose play?  Also when will Richard Hamilton, in uniorm at the game, play?  The Bulls need a consistent scorer from the outside to take some of the pressure off of DRose.  It is looking more likely the Bulls will get the No. 1 seed in he playoffs.  That's a good three weeks away, a lifeftime, if you follow the NBA. In the game vs. the Pistons, Chicago held Detroit to scoring just 10 points in the 2nd and 4th quarter. Continue reading "Bulls Bag Another Win"

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Detroit Pistons not your bad boys anymore... posted by john howard

The once proud NBA champions, Detroit Pistons have a new look.  Its a UConn look.  Three players figure to be the center pieces are all from UConn, Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon, and Charlie Villanueva.

 This team definately has talent, but where can it take them.  For the first time in possibly ever, Detroit is a wild card.  An unkown.  Arguably the team's three best players all play the same spot, sg.  Hamilton, Gordan, and Tracy McGrady.  McGrady is big enough to play a lot of small forward, so they might make it work.   Here is a break down:

 PG Rodney Stuckey--has gotten better each season, but not a 82 game starter.  This really hurts.  Will Bynum may get up to half the minutes here.  Niether play is a great option, but it's what they have.

SG  Richard Hamilton--he hasn't played a full season in a while.  He can still shoot and can burn his opponents.  Just not for 20 a night.  Ben Gordon can light it up, but he didn't last year.  He plays better off the bench.  It would be a great luxory to have Hamilton, Gordon, and McGrady all healthy at the same time to have fresh legs at the end of games and take the hot hands.  Terico White may see time here or even some at the point.

SF  Tracy McGrady-- He must play small forward due to Hamilton and Gordon on the team.  If and when he is healthy, he is as good as it gets.  Prince will play here a lotas well.

PF  Tayshawn Prince--can play a lot of small forward and is as consistent as it gets.  He is the type of player that championship teams gotta have.  DaJuan Summers is a hopeful to development here and may get minutes this year. Ike Diogu and Jonas Jerebko will have a shot to earn time.  But, Jason Maxiell has earned the spot and may start if Prince plays Sf.  That will likely happen considering how often McGrady doesn't play

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R.I.P. Rip? posted by Sabrina

There has been speculation that Doc Rivers has his eye on our very own, Richard Hamilton if Ray Allen will not return to Boston. Let's get real here, as much as we love Rip, he's getting old and can't play like he used to. A trade with Boston wouldn't hurt Detroit in any way; it could only help. Joe D should probably call up Boston and have a chat. After all, Doc Rivers likes experienced (old) players.Continue reading "R.I.P. Rip?"


Orlando Must Own a Big Broom Because They're Sweeping Their Way to Championship! Cavs, Celtics, not so much. posted by Sabrina

I've got to say, watching the NBA playoffs this year hasn't been too exciting. All teams are at 3-0 at this point, except for the Cavs and Celtics series, but I could care less because I don't care for either team. Since the Pistons are nowhere near the NBA playoffs these days, Orlando has become my playoff team. It is easy to see which team is stronger and has more potential. A concern for the Magic is that they haven't been playing any notable teams. We'll see how they do next round when they have real competition! Unlike Orlando, Cleveland and Boston are ridiculously inconsistent. I'm wondering if it's the lack of skills or lack of effort as the series ties 2-2.

P.S. Rondo's behind the back was ridiculous. Hear the crowd chanting "MVP!"

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Can Detriot Get Back To Championship Form? posted by david spare

Can the Detroit Pistons ever get back to the way they use to be? My anserw is yes! How can they do that, it starts with the guards. With the championship team the Pistons had three guards that could defend and shoot. Now they have five gaurds and only two of which can defend and one that is getting old (Hamilton). They have to draft a young point guard that is a true point guard and work on Stuckey at the two spot. Or even make a trade for rookie sensation Collison who is going to want a starting job and won't find one in New Orleans. We have some guys down low that can last for a run to the playoffs next year but with Ben Gordon taking crazy shots and no point guard they don't have a chance next season. you trade Ben Gordon to the Hornets for Collison and they have a point guard who has potential and youth draft a replacement for Hamilton and they might be back!Continue reading "Can Detriot Get Back To Championship Form?"


And Another One... posted by Sabrina

I'll make this post short and straight forward. Eleven losses in a row. Will that be tweleve? Then thirteen? Who knows. I think all Pistons fans are experiencing the same feeling of disappointment and frustration. It's really unfortunate that the Pistons have such talented players who just can't get the chemistry right. With the many injuries from the start of the season to the new roster and coach, there is adjustment to be made. We all knew it wouldn't be easy, but I'm not sure anybody expected it to be this difficult. This season seems to be a trial and error experiment, mostly error. It's painful to see the Pistons constantly losing this season, game after game. People have been telling me that I need to pick a new team, but I will stay a Pistons fan, regardless of how horrible this season may be. I'm waiting for them to figure it out because I think that when they do, they will be playoff worthy. But for now, it's a waiting game; a long, long waiting game.Continue reading "And Another One..."


Pistons trade rumor posted by Aarwich

The Detroit Pistons are in preliminary trade talks with the Minnesota Timber wolves. Players include; Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Jason Maxiell, and draft pick from Detroit. Al Jefferson along with Brian Cardinal and Mark Blounts expiring contracts from Minnesota. More to come...

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Welcome Back Rip! posted by Sabrina

For starters, welcome back Rip Hamilton! With an impressive 18 points this game against the Golden State Warriors, Rip made sure his return was not overseen. Although Rip was the talk of the game, Rodney Stuckey was the point leader with an impressive 29 points this game.

Rodney Stuckey has proven that he is not a rookie anymore. He is much more consistent in his shot and now has found a place as a leader of the team. This team has definitely changed since winning the 2004 Finals, but it's a great way to start over. Stuckey has found his place and so have Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon. The three rookies all had playing time this game and showed that they have potential. Jonas Jerebko had a few amazing plays, shots and assists, and Austin Daye showed his confidence as he took a chance when he scored tonight. Jerebko and Daye are shining, but Dajuan Summers seems to be left behind. It's a question whether his lack of playing time is due to his lack of skill or adjustment to the NBA, but Jerebko and Daye are taking the spotlight.

A big question in mind was if the chemisty of the team would be broken when Rip and Tayshaun come back, but Rip has shown anyone with doubt that the Pistons can adjust and work together as a team. With Ben Gordon and Tayshaun Prince still out, the Pistons were able to extend their winning streak to a 5 game streak. The expected date for Ben Gordon and Tayshaun's return have not been confirmed, but it seems like they will be playing soon. Tayshaun, please come back soon. I've been saving you on my fantasy basketball team haha. The Pistons may see a positive change with all their injured players back in the line up, bringing the Pistons back to their full potential.

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Scott Shepherd

Three Year Bucket List posted by Scott Shepherd

Today, after receiving a pair of free tickets to the Pistons/Nuggets game at the Palace, I had a few reactions.


My first one was, “Hell Yeah! Free Pistons Tickets!”


The second one was, “Have I seen Carmelo Anthony in person?” I had to think about it, but nope, I’ve never seen ‘Melo play.


The fact is, I haven’t seen a lot of the best players in the game play.


When I was younger, I went to a ton of Pistons games, and I saw most if not all of the best players of the 90’s play in person.


But when you spend a good portion of the 2000’s in college, and the rest of it fresh out of college still looking for that high paying job that the $30,000 piece of paper you just received tells you that you deserve, it becomes a little tougher financially to squeeze in a whole lot of Piston games.


Needless to say, I haven’t been to a ton of games the past few seasons. With the exception of Kobe and the Lakers one and only trip to the Palace each season (a streak that I plan on continuing until he retires), I rarely make the hour-long drive to Auburn Hills anymore.


But now that college is out of the way, it’s time to get back into the swing of things, and tonight is a great start.


And since I’ll be getting my first glimpse at ‘Melo tonight, that got me thinking, what other players do I need to see in person?


In response to my own question, I’ve come up with this. It’s a bucket list of the ten players that I want to see play in person over the next three seasons.

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Revisiting the 'Malice at the Palace,' 10 years on (Ball Don't Lie)

Two things were kind of a big deal in 2004. Quoting "Anchorman" was of paramount importance to your social appeal, and Detroit Pistons/Indiana Pacers matchups were well worth the price of theater admission. The NBA may have scheduled for those two Eastern Conference combatants to play on a relatively anonymous Friday night on ESPN on Nov. 19 of that year, but it also decided to play the two in Indiana on Christmas afternoon in a nationally televised affair. The league certainly understood that the over/under on either game could have been listed at around 150 points, but it hardly mattered. These were championship contenders with a bit of history behind them, and the league rightfully wanted to take advantage. The season prior, a very young Indiana team finished with a league-best 61 wins. It met a still-developing Pistons squad in the Eastern Conference finals, a Detroit team peaking at the right time, and Indiana fell in six games. A year older and presumably better, with Reggie Miller playing in likely his final NBA campaign, the Pacers figured to be the favorites in 2004-05. Many of us selected them to win the franchise’s first NBA title once June swung back around. Sometimes the NBA schedules an expected conference finals rematch on a Friday night. Sometimes two evenly paired teams can still take part in a one-sided blowout. Sometimes, mindful of the anticipation that the two squads will play each other 10 times between November and May, two competitive coaches will leave the starters in way too long. Sometimes players will get angry during a blowout loss and resort to hard fouls. Sometimes petulance and a need for attention will result in an admitted heel playing to the crowd. Sometimes that crowd will have too much to drink. Sometimes a player will act like the rest of us when faced with the decision of what to do after having a drink thrown at us. Sometimes fans will project themselves as part of their favorite team, and needing to defend the players they came to watch. Sometimes teammates will try to literally fight another player’s battles for him. Sometimes it all gets mixed up in some embarrassing, regrettable and ultimately frightening mess. We’re well aware of the incident and it hardly needs much of a re-telling. Ben Wallace and Ron Artest should not have been on the court in the final seconds of Indiana’s 97-82 win, and Wallace nailed Artest with a needless hard foul. Artest, the NBA’s ultimate rude dude at the time, played to the crowd by lying on the scorer’s table during the ensuing mini-melee that followed. A dope in the crowd threw a drink at Artest, and Ron responded by charging the stands. Some of his teammates followed, and other Pistons fans decided to storm the court. Jermaine O’Neal used terrible boxing savvy by attempting a wild roundhouse right-hand punch on one would-be assailant. The Pacers eventually fled the court as Pistons fans showered them with beer, pop and whatever else they had purchased at the concession stands that night. That night’s ESPN studio crew later chided the Pistons fans far more than the players who charged the stands, which says a lot about our immediate reactions as to how evenly stupid this fight was. David Stern relied on his committee of one to levy severe penalties during a dour Sunday afternoon news conference later that long weekend. O’Neal was suspended for 25 games, a number that was later reduced to 15. Stephen Jackson was suspended for 30 games. Ron Artest was suspended for the rest of the season. Seven years later, Ron Artest would change his name to Metta World Peace. By even then, the brawl felt like it happened a decade ago. Today, we’re allowed to legitimize that feeling. Bad news tends to be buried on a Friday night. In the days before Twitter and texting, I and many others learned of what was happening over on ESPN via phone calls and AOL instant messages. While it would be wrong to classify this glorified bar brawl as a “tragedy,”one typically tends to make these sorts of things about themselves. As someone with the unique position of having moved to Indiana a few months earlier, not being a Pacers fan, working a part-time gig at Sports Illustrated’s website while still having to pay the bills as a bartender and deal with people unfamiliar with the ways of the NBA, I was in a bit of a unique position. That position meant hearing unending stories about the thugs and criminals that supposedly populated the NBA. Thugs and criminals those in the Hoosier state backed and defended to no end until Stern’s suspension ended Indiana’s championship hopes. The league, clearly, has come a long way since then. To the casual fan, the NBA was at a bit of a low point in November 2004. The Los Angeles Lakers were still two years removed from winning a title, and Shaquille O’Neal had been traded from the Lakers four months prior, but the seeming inevitability of a Laker championship every season dulled the senses of most fans still reeling from the departure of Michael Jordan. The game had slowed to an absolute crawl as coaches limited possessions and emphasized brutal defenses. Larry Brown was the king of the basketball world in 2004, and that wasn’t good for anyone but Larry Brown. Some frozen stuff began to crack soon after, though, and not because Stern got all haughty in midtown Manhattan on Nov. 21. The league began to emphasize hand-checking rules, and unlike the similar call it sent out in 1994, the referees meant it this time. Steve Nash paired with Mike D’Antoni and a debris-clean Amar’e Stoudemire to come out of nowhere to win a league-best 62 games. Brown’s Pistons and the ridiculous defense of the San Antonio Spurs would meet in one of the worst NBA Finals in league history to end 2004-05, but the league had already turned around. The same Spurs franchise that gloriously prevailed in 2014 looks nothing like the structured mercenaries that won in 2004-05, save for the cut of Gregg Popovich’s gib, and the length of Tim Duncan’s denim shorts. Larry Bird’s Pacers, unfortunately, never recovered. Bird refused to rebuild, rolling over bad deal into other bad deals (Artest turned into Peja Stojakovic, who turned into Al Harrington, who turned into an evening’s empire that returned into sand). The Pistons enjoyed a healthy run as the NBA’s top also-ran, making another Finals and then three more Eastern Conference finals after 2005 before breaking up. The NBA amped up security, limited beer and liquor sales toward the end of games and set a harsh precedent for attempting to pummel paying customers, but this is still just window dressing. We know it’s wrong to jump into the stands, but none of us know in the moment how we’ll react when provoked. The looming presence of another 73 games in an NBA season, plus playoffs, wouldn’t flash through any of our minds immediately when someone chucks a drink at us. It doesn’t matter how many times we tell tales of the "Malice at the Palace," because any spark can set a fire. This league and this game is a far more appealing product some 10 years on, but not because of any purported lessons learned from this brawl. Not because of the dress code that the NBA later implemented, and not because you can’t buy a beer during a TV timeout in the fourth quarter. Stupid fights are all too human, and just as long as the stands and courts are occupied by humans, there is always a chance that the inevitable occurs. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops [read full article]

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