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Richard Kagan

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"


john howard

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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Sabrina

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?"


Sabrina

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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david spare

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?"


Sabrina

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..."


Aarwich

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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Sabrina

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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Andy Natalie

Yet Another 4th Quarter Flushed Down the Crapper By the 76ers (DEC 10) posted by Andy Natalie

The other day Andre Iguodala insisted that the Sixers were not as bad as their record indicated. And then last night (WEDS) they preceded to drop a basketball game to the lowly Detroit Pistons, who are as bad as their record indicates.

The Pistons come from behind in the 4th and win 90 to 86 over the inconsistent 76ers. Now mind you the Pistons are a bad 9 wins and 12 losses while the 76ers 5 and 17. So you be the judge of if you agree with Andre.

Personally, I love "Iggy Hop" but I do think the 76ers are a bad team. Yes they have their moments and they have some raw talent. And now they have the extra juice with the addition of Allen Iverson, the original A I. And there is some positive aspects of all of that.

But I think part of the problem is the ego. I think Andre and his team mates needs to look in the mirror and say "wow we stink". Are they capable of more? Perhaps. But that isn't who you are, that is who you might be! This is where I have a problem with Eddie Jordan and Andre's assessment.

Eddie, you need to stop with the it's coming along, we are getting better upbeat stuff. I don't get it? What was pre-season basketball for? You don't implement and entirely new concept that takes the whole franchise a season to learn. How about a little at a time?

You should have implimented base sets and the foundation and stuck with that and some standard sets until they can do that in their sleep. You then can compensate with a somewhat simplistic level of strategy with hard aggressive work. Out hustle your opponent on the basketball court. Which you should do anyhow. But that is very difficult when you are thinking too much about the system. Which is the entire point!

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In an autobiography update, Phil Jackson talks up flirtations with Seattle, and recruiting Dwigh

Between his final game coaching the Los Angeles Lakers in May 2011 and his official hiring as president of the New York Knicks in March , Phil Jackson worked through quite the tumultuous 34-month stretch. He became engaged , he watched his family grow, he underwent a series of significant surgeries, he nearly became coach of the Lakers for a third time, he flirted with front office gigs, he discovered that he was great at Twitter , and he wrote a book . During that stretch, the mutual interest between Jackson and potential NBA owner Chris Hansen was an open secret. Hansen took great pains and offered huge gobs of cash in an attempt to buy the Sacramento Kings during the 2012-13 season (moving them to Seattle along the way), and he pitched a role to Jackson that seemed to fit for his post-coaching career –that of a, in Jackson’s words, “keeper of the flame.”We quote Phil here, because on Thursday he followed up on his most recent book with an addendum published in the New York Daily News . In one of several anecdotes, Jackson discusses his proposed partnership with Hansen : The prospect that captured my imagination didn’t involve any coaching. In December 2011 my son Charley introduced me to Chris Hansen, a successful hedge fund manager who had put together a group of investors who were trying to bring an NBA team back to Seattle. Hansen’s plan was to buy a majority share of the struggling Sacramento Kings franchise, then persuade the NBA to let him move it to the former home of the Sonics. What I liked about Chris was his innovative thinking about sports and community. He wanted me to help him create a new kind of sports culture, focusing on the team itself rather than individual superstars. His goal was to make the fans feel as if they, too, were part of the family. One of Chris’s ideas, inspired by the Seattle Sounders soccer team, was to hold large pep rallies before each game to get the fans juiced up as they made their way to the arena. Another idea was to create a low-priced standing room section behind the baskets, complete with beat boards to rev up the noise level. Chris even wanted to remove the players’names from their jerseys to shift attention away from individual players. I told him the marketing department of the NBA might have a problem with that one. What’s interesting to note is that Jackson claims his role with a Seattle franchise would not have him working as “the hands-on general manager,”as he kept the flame for a franchise that doesn’t actually exist. This begs the question as to how similarly aligned that potential role is with his current gig as Knicks president, and if technical Knicks GM Steve Mills is the one working over cap figures and negotiating with players. One thing fans of the Sacramento Kings will especially notice is how dispassionate Jackson is when discussing the potential uprooting of a team that has been working out of the California capital since the mid-1980s, and how matter of fact (or borderline dismissive) Jackson is in discussing both the “$258 million public subsidy”that Sacramento residents will have to foot in order for the Kings to have a new arena, how the NBA’s Board of Governors voted to block any move from Sacramento, and how the entrance of current Kings owner Vivek Ranadive “put an end to the dream”for Jackson and Hansen. It’s a tricky situation, one the NBA stuck itself with when former commissioner David Stern decided to back off as former Seattle SuperSonics owner Howard Schultz sold his team to a pair of Oklahoma City-bred men with clear (and proven) designs on moving the team to OKC. Current Oklahoma City Thunder owners lied to the SuperSonic fan base and eventually hauled off to Oklahoma, and Stern declined to intervene, only tossing off snooty replies to a local Seattle government that he did not get along with. Stern and the owners went the complete opposite route when dealing with the Kings’sale and potential move, which has to frustrate Seattle fans to no end. The problem here is that the NBA has an even 30 teams, no current need to expand in spite of the game’s remarkable growth over the last quarter century, and there isn’t a single franchise that seems like an appropriate candidate to move to Seattle. Presuming the NBA, as it watches small market teams being sold for half a billion dollars, votes to allow such a thing. Jackson went on to discuss well-worn topics, such as his engagement, and the Lakers’front office impatience in jumping ahead of Phil’s decision to coach again , and he also mentioned his role in working to convince Dwight Howard to re-sign with the Lakers in the summer of 2013. The former Lakers coach was working as a consultant to the Detroit Pistons at the time, and in his book addendum Jackson claims that Howard asked Laker GM Mitch Kupchak if he could guarantee that Jackson would return as Lakers coach in 2013-14, should Howard re-sign as a free agent. Kupchak “quickly disabused him of that notion,”according to Jackson, though Phil did reach out to Howard with a series of phone messages that Howard, according to Jackson’s newest revelations in the Daily News , never responded to. The former Lakers coach then details Los Angeles’re-recruitment process : The Lakers invited Kobe and Steve to the final pitch meeting to help persuade Dwight to come on board. It sounded like a good idea. Steve sent out an amusing tweet before the meeting: “Dwight Howard we’re coming for you. You’re going to love the statue we build for you outside Staples in 20yrs!”And Kobe made a moving speech during the pitch, promising to teach Dwight the secret of winning championships that he’d learned from the best in the game. If the meeting had ended there, it might have worked. But after the presentation, Dwight asked Kobe what he was planning to do after he recovered from his Achilles injury. Was this going to be his last year? “No,”replied Kobe. “I’m planning to be around for three or four more years.”At that point, according to others in the room, Dwight’s eyes went blank and he drifted away. In his mind, the game was over. A few days later he announced that he was signing with the Rockets. Jeannie Buss, the Lakers’president of business operations , swears that the presence of the late Laker owner Dr. Jerry Buss could have swayed Howard to stay in Los Angeles, and though Dr. Buss’track record was a sound one, that’s hard to get behind. Dwight Howard wanted nothing to do with Kobe Bryant’s looming presence, so much so that he left one of the world’s greatest cities and franchises to take less money to join the Rockets. (That’s not a slight sent toward Houston or the Rockets, just a reminder that it’s hard to turn down so many millions of dollars, even Howard’s finances balance outafter his next contract.) Phil Jackson recently re-signed Carmelo Anthony, he runs a team populated by J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani, and he works for James Dolan. We can’t wait for the next book. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops [read full article]

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Free-agent roundup: Pacers start life without Lance, Warriors bring back Rush, Lakers steal Da

You are, by now, familiar with what we're doing here . Let's continue. *** •Less than 24 hours after losing starting shooting guard Lance Stephenson, the Indiana Pacers took a strong first step in the process of replacing him, agreeing to a one-year deal with former Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, as first reported by Sam Amick of USA TODAY . The 28-year-old Stuckey will make only the veteran's minimum, according to Candace D. Buckner of the Indianapolis Star ; for a seven-year vet like Stuckey, that pays $1,227,985 . In terms of pure bang-for-your-buck, Stuckey at the minimum seems like a steal for Larry Bird and company, a rough equivalent of Lance's per-minute productivity for about one-eighth the cost next season. The 6-foot-5 guard isn't as strong or sturdy as Stephenson, but he can approximate his dribble penetration, registering virtually the same number of drives as Stephenson per game in 8 1/2 fewer minutes per contest, according to NBA.com's SportVU optical tracking data . He also did a solid job of finishing once he got there last season, converting 60.3 percent of his attempts inside the restricted area; that put him just outside the top 20 in at-rim conversion among guards with at least 150 attempts, according to NBA.com's stat tool. (Stephenson's 67.4 percent mark was fourth, behind only Manu Ginobili, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic.) That might've been a one-year blip —Stuckey had never finished more than 55.5 percent of his restricted area shots in the previous half-dozen seasons —but he's still using his size and strength to seek out contact in the paint and get to the line, logging more than five free-throw attempts per 36 minutes of floor time last season, right in line with his career average. He never became the full-time "point guard of the future" that former Pistons general manager Joe Dumars envisioned after plucking him out of Eastern Washington with the No. 15 pick in the 2007 NBA draft, but Stuckey can serve as a secondary ball-handler and supplemental pick-and-roll operator. He's got a decent post-up game that he can break out against smaller defenders, and when his jumper is going, he can pose matchup problems for opposing backcourts, especially as an offensive creator off the bench. The problem with Stuckey, throughout his career, has been that his jumper doesn't get going super often. He's a career 37 percent midrange shooter, never topping 40 percent between the paint and the arc, and a career 28.6 3-point shooter, never reaching 32 percent from long distance. Unlike Stephenson, whose shooting percentages are trending upward and who provides at least a league-average threat of making defenders pay for sagging too far off him, Stuckey's mostly confirmed as the kind of guy you can give a cushion to take away driving lanes without being too scared of getting dotted. He won't unlock Indiana's seemingly forever-cramped offensive spacing. He's not in Lance's stratosphere when it comes to pitching in on the glass. He lacks Stephenson's top-end floor vision and passing ability. And while he's got the size and quickness to guard both backcourt positions, he's a significant step down from Stephenson on the defensive end. (He's also not without his own locker-room baggage, as Buckner of the Star notes .) Stuckey could benefit from a consistent role alongside good teammates with an established coach after playing under six head coaches in seven seasons in Detroit, but he isn't, on his own, a post-Lance solution at the two for the Pacers. Bird and Indy's braintrust aren't necessarily banking on him to be, though. They're hoping that between the additions of Stuckey and prior free-agent acquisition C.J. Miles, steps forward from the point guard pairing of George Hill and C.J. Watson, and the continued evolution of All-NBA small forward Paul George, they'll have enough on the wing to withstand the loss of one of their most reliable (well, in terms of being in the lineup, at least) contributors during two straight Eastern Conference Finals trips. It'll take some hard work, creativity and trust from head coach Frank Vogel to put the puzzle together, but Stuckey's a nice piece to be able to use, at a very nice price. *** •The Golden State Warriors are bringing back Brandon Rush, agreeing to terms on a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the free-agent swingman, according to Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski . Rush will hold a player option for the second season. [read full article]

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The 10-man rotation, starring LeBron James remembering everything, for better and for worse (B

A look around the league and the Web that covers it. It's also important to note that the rotation order and starting nods aren't always listed in order of importance. That's for you, dear reader, to figure out. C : ESPN.com . A fantastic read from Brian Windhorst on LeBron James' remarkable memory —the one that Shane Battier once called "quasi-photographic" and referred to as "a little like 'A Beautiful Mind'" —and the good things and bad things it can do to him over the course of a game, a series and a season. PF : RealGM . Jonathan Tjarks on a possible silver lining surrounding the dark cloud that has been the Houston Rockets' disappointing summer —more opportunities for Terrence Jones. SF : Forum Blue and Gold . Daniel Rapaport runs down how, in a little over three years, the Los Angeles Lakers went from championship contender to coachless also-ran. SG : Grantland . Zach Lowe tries to figure out what exactly the Sacramento Kings are doing. Good luck, Zach. PG : Cowbell Kingdom and Sactown Royalty . The answer, for the moment: They're winning (Summer League) championships, baby. 6th : NBA.com . The great David Aldridge's always-information-packed Morning Tip column leads off with Derek Fisher getting his arms around teaching the Triangle offense as the head coach of the New York Knicks' Las Vegas Summer League team, and the challenges he'll face as he tries to get established pros like recently re-upped star Carmelo Anthony on-board. 7th : Regressing . In which science proves that big men have benefitted more from the institution of the 3-point arc than guards have. (It's all about spacing, y'all.) 8th : PistonPowered . In which Brady Fredericksen makes the case for "Josh Smith: Super-Sub," an idea that seems to me to have a very-close-to-zero chance of ever actually happening, but is fun to think about as Stan Van Gundy looks for ways to jumpstart the moribund Detroit Pistons. 9th : Awful Announcing and The National Post . Of course Canadian athletes don't have less motivation than other athletes, Jason Whitlock. Get out of here. 10th : USA TODAY Sports . Jason Wolf goes long on Sam Hinkie, a man who takes great pains to avoid the spotlight, which has made him persona non grata to those media members and fans who want answers for the Philadelphia 76ers' determined race to the bottom of the NBA. - - - - - - - Dan Devine is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at devine@yahoo-inc.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @YourManDevine Stay connected with Ball Don't Lie on Twitter @YahooBDL , "Like" BDL on Facebook and follow BDL's Tumblr for year-round NBA talk, jokes and more. [read full article]

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In an autobiography update, Phil Jackson talks up flirtations with Seattle, and recruiting Dwigh

Between his final game coaching the Los Angeles Lakers in May 2011 and his official hiring as president of the New York Knicks in March , Phil Jackson worked through quite the tumultuous 34-month stretch. He became engaged , he watched his family grow, he underwent a series of significant surgeries, he nearly became coach of the Lakers for a third time, he flirted with front office gigs, he discovered that he was great at Twitter , and he wrote a book . During that stretch, the mutual interest between Jackson and potential NBA owner Chris Hansen was an open secret. Hansen took great pains and offered huge gobs of cash in an attempt to buy the Sacramento Kings during the 2012-13 season (moving them to Seattle along the way), and he pitched a role to Jackson that seemed to fit for his post-coaching career –that of a, in Jackson’s words, “keeper of the flame.”We quote Phil here, because on Thursday he followed up on his most recent book with an addendum published in the New York Daily News . In one of several anecdotes, Jackson discusses his proposed partnership with Hansen : The prospect that captured my imagination didn’t involve any coaching. In December 2011 my son Charley introduced me to Chris Hansen, a successful hedge fund manager who had put together a group of investors who were trying to bring an NBA team back to Seattle. Hansen’s plan was to buy a majority share of the struggling Sacramento Kings franchise, then persuade the NBA to let him move it to the former home of the Sonics. What I liked about Chris was his innovative thinking about sports and community. He wanted me to help him create a new kind of sports culture, focusing on the team itself rather than individual superstars. His goal was to make the fans feel as if they, too, were part of the family. One of Chris’s ideas, inspired by the Seattle Sounders soccer team, was to hold large pep rallies before each game to get the fans juiced up as they made their way to the arena. Another idea was to create a low-priced standing room section behind the baskets, complete with beat boards to rev up the noise level. Chris even wanted to remove the players’names from their jerseys to shift attention away from individual players. I told him the marketing department of the NBA might have a problem with that one. What’s interesting to note is that Jackson claims his role with a Seattle franchise would not have him working as “the hands-on general manager,”as he kept the flame for a franchise that doesn’t actually exist. This begs the question as to how similarly aligned that potential role is with his current gig as Knicks president, and if technical Knicks GM Steve Mills is the one working over cap figures and negotiating with players. One thing fans of the Sacramento Kings will especially notice is how dispassionate Jackson is when discussing the potential uprooting of a team that has been working out of the California capital since the mid-1980s, and how matter of fact (or borderline dismissive) Jackson is in discussing both the “$258 million public subsidy”that Sacramento residents will have to foot in order for the Kings to have a new arena, how the NBA’s Board of Governors voted to block any move from Sacramento, and how the entrance of current Kings owner Vivek Ranadive “put an end to the dream”for Jackson and Hansen. It’s a tricky situation, one the NBA stuck itself with when former commissioner David Stern decided to back off as former Seattle SuperSonics owner Howard Schultz sold his team to a pair of Oklahoma City-bred men with clear (and proven) designs on moving the team to OKC. Current Oklahoma City Thunder owners lied to the SuperSonic fan base and eventually hauled off to Oklahoma, and Stern declined to intervene, only tossing off snooty replies to a local Seattle government that he did not get along with. Stern and the owners went the complete opposite route when dealing with the Kings’sale and potential move, which has to frustrate Seattle fans to no end. The problem here is that the NBA has an even 30 teams, no current need to expand in spite of the game’s remarkable growth over the last quarter century, and there isn’t a single franchise that seems like an appropriate candidate to move to Seattle. Presuming the NBA, as it watches small market teams being sold for half a billion dollars, votes to allow such a thing. Jackson went on to discuss well-worn topics, such as his engagement, and the Lakers’front office impatience in jumping ahead of Phil’s decision to coach again , and he also mentioned his role in working to convince Dwight Howard to re-sign with the Lakers in the summer of 2013. The former Lakers coach was working as a consultant to the Detroit Pistons at the time, and in his book addendum Jackson claims that Howard asked Laker GM Mitch Kupchak if he could guarantee that Jackson would return as Lakers coach in 2013-14, should Howard re-sign as a free agent. Kupchak “quickly disabused him of that notion,”according to Jackson, though Phil did reach out to Howard with a series of phone messages that Howard, according to Jackson’s newest revelations in the Daily News , never responded to. The former Lakers coach then details Los Angeles’re-recruitment process : The Lakers invited Kobe and Steve to the final pitch meeting to help persuade Dwight to come on board. It sounded like a good idea. Steve sent out an amusing tweet before the meeting: “Dwight Howard we’re coming for you. You’re going to love the statue we build for you outside Staples in 20yrs!”And Kobe made a moving speech during the pitch, promising to teach Dwight the secret of winning championships that he’d learned from the best in the game. If the meeting had ended there, it might have worked. But after the presentation, Dwight asked Kobe what he was planning to do after he recovered from his Achilles injury. Was this going to be his last year? “No,”replied Kobe. “I’m planning to be around for three or four more years.”At that point, according to others in the room, Dwight’s eyes went blank and he drifted away. In his mind, the game was over. A few days later he announced that he was signing with the Rockets. Jeannie Buss, the Lakers’president of business operations , swears that the presence of the late Laker owner Dr. Jerry Buss could have swayed Howard to stay in Los Angeles, and though Dr. Buss’track record was a sound one, that’s hard to get behind. Dwight Howard wanted nothing to do with Kobe Bryant’s looming presence, so much so that he left one of the world’s greatest cities and franchises to take less money to join the Rockets. (That’s not a slight sent toward Houston or the Rockets, just a reminder that it’s hard to turn down so many millions of dollars, even Howard’s finances balance out after his next contract.) Phil Jackson recently re-signed Carmelo Anthony, he runs a team populated by J.R. Smith and Andrea Bargnani, and he works for James Dolan. We can’t wait for the next book. - - - - - - - Kelly Dwyer is an editor for Ball Don't Lie on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at KDonhoops@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @KDonhoops [read full article]

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Free-agent roundup: Pacers start life without Lance, Warriors bring back Rush, Lakers steal Da

You are, by now, familiar with what we're doing here . Let's continue. *** •Less than 24 hours after losing starting shooting guard Lance Stephenson, the Indiana Pacers took a strong first step in the process of replacing him, agreeing to a one-year deal with former Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, as first reported by Sam Amick of USA TODAY . The 28-year-old Stuckey will make only the veteran's minimum, according to Candace D. Buckner of the Indianapolis Star ; for a seven-year vet like Stuckey, that pays $1,227,985 . In terms of pure bang-for-your-buck, Stuckey at the minimum seems like a steal for Larry Bird and company, a rough equivalent of Lance's per-minute productivity for about one-eighth the cost next season. The 6-foot-5 guard isn't as strong or sturdy as Stephenson, but he can approximate his dribble penetration, registering virtually the same number of drives as Stephenson per game in 8 1/2 fewer minutes per contest, according to NBA.com's SportVU optical tracking data . He also did a solid job of finishing once he got there last season, converting 60.3 percent of his attempts inside the restricted area; that put him just outside the top 20 in at-rim conversion among guards with at least 150 attempts, according to NBA.com's stat tool. (Stephenson's 67.4 percent mark was fourth, behind only Manu Ginobili, Dwyane Wade and Goran Dragic.) That might've been a one-year blip —Stuckey had never finished more than 55.5 percent of his restricted area shots in the previous half-dozen seasons —but he's still using his size and strength to seek out contact in the paint and get to the line, logging more than five free-throw attempts per 36 minutes of floor time last season, right in line with his career average. He never became the full-time "point guard of the future" that former Pistons general manager Joe Dumars envisioned after plucking him out of Eastern Washington with the No. 15 pick in the 2007 NBA draft, but Stuckey can serve as a secondary ball-handler and supplemental pick-and-roll operator. He's got a decent post-up game that he can break out against smaller defenders, and when his jumper is going, he can pose matchup problems for opposing backcourts, especially as an offensive creator off the bench. The problem with Stuckey, throughout his career, has been that his jumper doesn't get going super often. He's a career 37 percent midrange shooter, never topping 40 percent between the paint and the arc, and a career 28.6 3-point shooter, never reaching 32 percent from long distance. Unlike Stephenson, whose shooting percentages are trending upward and who provides at least a league-average threat of making defenders pay for sagging too far off him, Stuckey's mostly confirmed as the kind of guy you can give a cushion to take away driving lanes without being too scared of getting dotted. He won't unlock Indiana's seemingly forever-cramped offensive spacing. He's not in Lance's stratosphere when it comes to pitching in on the glass. He lacks Stephenson's top-end floor vision and passing ability. And while he's got the size and quickness to guard both backcourt positions, he's a significant step down from Stephenson on the defensive end. (He's also not without his own locker-room baggage, as Buckner of the Star notes .) Stuckey could benefit from a consistent role alongside good teammates with an established coach after playing under six head coaches in seven seasons in Detroit, but he isn't, on his own, a post-Lance solution at the two for the Pacers. Bird and Indy's braintrust aren't necessarily banking on him to be, though. They're hoping that between the additions of Stuckey and prior free-agent acquisition C.J. Miles, steps forward from the point guard pairing of George Hill and C.J. Watson, and the continued evolution of All-NBA small forward Paul George, they'll have enough on the wing to withstand the loss of one of their most reliable (well, in terms of being in the lineup, at least) contributors during two straight Eastern Conference Finals trips. It'll take some hard work, creativity and trust from head coach Frank Vogel to put the puzzle together, but Stuckey's a nice piece to be able to use, at a very nice price. *** •The Golden State Warriors are bringing back Brandon Rush, agreeing to terms on a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the free-agent swingman, according to Yahoo Sports NBA columnist Adrian Wojnarowski . Rush will hold a player option for the second season. [read full article]

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