December 2005 Pistons Articles

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    ~ The Detroit news ~

    Pistons overtake Nets
    Detroit's offense gets aggressive at the right time, preserving the best record in the NBA.
    Chris McCosky

    Coach Flip Saunders doesn't have the Pistons completely figured out yet, but there's one thing he knows for sure.

    "My take on this team is that it needs challenges," he said after the Pistons hammered out a hard-earned 93-83 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night. "That's what motivates them. Sometimes it seems like they get into games and get bored. But when they do lock in, it's like a curtain goes up and you can see it in their faces as they go from fifth gear to sixth gear."

    The Pistons saved their best work for the final six minutes, improving their NBA-best record to 11-2 -- the second-best November in their history, behind the 13-2 start in 1990-91 -- and their road record to 7-1.

    Billups' road secret: We play like we're at home
    Guard says keeping poise and not changing styles are the keys to team's 7-1 away record.
    Chris McCosky

    The secret to the Pistons' road success? Continuity and poise.
    At least that's how Chauncey Billups sees it.

    "We are a good road team because we play the same way on the road," Billups said after the Pistons beat the Nets. 93-83, Wednesday night to improve their road record to 7-1. "A lot of teams play with more confidence at home, or they play a different style and maybe run more when they are home. We play the exact same way everyplace we go."

    ~The Detroit Free Press ~

    Pistons cut down the Nets
    by Krista Latham

    The Pistons weren't perfect Wednesday night, but even Detroit's average game is good enough.

    Good enough to win despite a bad night -- as in six points -- from the bench.

    Good enough to win despite a combined 47 points from New Jersey's Vince Carter and Richard Jefferson.

    Good enough to push Detroit's road record to 7-1.

    Rip, Billups argue over post-up games
    by Krista Latham

    Many opponents have come to the same, often ill-fated conclusion this season as they've searched for a way to slow down the backcourt of point guard Chauncey Billups and shooting guard Richard Hamilton.

    That plan, though, rarely has worked. Billups, at 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds, still has the power to get his shot wherever he wants, especially when he exploits the shooting guards' lack of experience in pick-and-roll defense.

    And Hamilton, a jump shooter, has turned to the post, taking his size advantage inside for easy baskets in the paint.

    ~ The Oakland press ~

    Evans is still learning the routine
    by Dana Gauruder

    The one-handed putback slams, like the one he had against Denver last week, come easy for Maurice Evans. The routine plays, like making the correct defensive rotations, can cause confusion.

    The most significant newcomer on the Pistons, Evans has made a dazzling array of dunks and athletic plays and even shown surprising ability to shoot from long range. But there are still times when Evans drives his coach crazy.

    The troubles start, according to Saunders, when Evans worries if he's doing the right thing instead of relying on his instincts.

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    November closes on high note, Pistons claim they can improve
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Championships are not won in the month of November.

    But they sure can lay the foundation for a successful playoff run, which the Pistons hope is the case after capping off one of the most successful Novembers in franchise history with a 93-83 win at New Jersey.

    Pistons counter Nets' inside game with 10 3-pointers in 93-83 win
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Tayshaun Prince wasn't talking about mismatches before Wednesday's game against New Jersey.

    Instead, he was talking about the matchups you wouldn't want to miss - him versus Richard Jefferson, and teammate Richard Hamilton against Vince Carter.

    "It ain't going to be no 2-on-2 action," Prince said before the game. "But it's gonna be some good offense and good defense played tonight."

    Usually when that happens, the Pistons win.

    ~ The New York Times ~

    Pistons Asking, Larry Who?
    By LIZ ROBBINS

    Renowned for their defense under Brown, the Pistons have embraced Saunders's system - one that flourished for 10 years with the Minnesota Timberwolves - to become one of the top offensive teams in the league.

    "We haven't heard that around here for a long time," point guard Chauncey Billups said with a laugh.

    Flip, he's an offensive genius. For the last three or four years, that's the one thing - the only thing - about our team that was predictable. And I think it hurt us at times, us not being able to score points."

    Style Points Fall Short of Scoring More Points
    By LIZ ROBBINS

    The glittery first-half image of Vince Carter slicing through the Pistons' defense and finishing with a finger roll faded in the second half like an early winter sunset.

    Carter had some dazzling moves, but he and the Nets could not get past the substance of a balanced and experienced Pistons team, owner of the best record in the N.B.A.

    ~ The New York Daily News ~

    Pistons await return of the wanderer
    By Mitch Lawrence

    As Larry Brown was busy at the Garden taking another crack at solving the Knicks, his former players were across the Hudson, delighting in the fact that they are through answering questions about their coach's plans and just about everything else pertaining to their old leader.

    "It's better and it's different than last year," Chauncey Billups said yesterday. "When we come in now, we don't hear about nothing like we did last year. We just hear about playing the games. There's nothing else going on. It's just winning and losing."

    Brown's status as yesterday's news in Auburn Hills changes tomorrow, when he brings the Knicks into the Palace. There, he will brace for what could be the rudest reception a returning coach has faced since Pat Riley came back to the Garden.

    Home groan for Nets
    Fall to Pistons in return to Swamp
    BY OHM YOUNGMISUK

    The Nets returned from their West Coast Thanksgiving trip with a renewed confidence and a two-game winning streak.

    Both lasted about as long as it took Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton to launch jumpers. In a game they wanted to use as a benchmark, the Nets lost, 93-83, to the Detroit Pistons at the Meadowlands.
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    December 1st (cont.)

    ~ The New York Post ~

    BILLUPS: LB WILL GROW ON KNICKS
    by Brian Lewis

    Before the Pistons stifled the Nets 93-83 last night — and with Larry Brown returning to Detroit tomorrow — Chauncey Billups said Brown's job saga became a sideshow last year, Detroit is better offensively under Flip Saunders, and he knew the Knicks would struggle adjusting to his demanding ways.

    But Billups also said Brown gave the team everything he had last year. And the Piston guard learned from personal experience that growing pains under Brown are more pain than growth for a while, but was certain if the Knicks subjugated their egos, he'll eventually make them a better team.

    NETS RIP-PED
    by Fred Kerber

    The Nets looked at this as a test.
    They failed.

    They looked at it as a measuring stick.
    They didn't measure up.

    At least for now, they say.

    "Right now, they [the Pistons] are the better team," Richard Jefferson said after Detroit emerged with a 93-83 victory at the Meadowlands. "But I think we showed we're going to be OK.

    JEFFERSON TAKES HIGH ROAD
    by Fred Kerber

    The last time Richard Jefferson was on a basketball court with Chauncey Billups, he was undercut, landed on his left wrist and saw his season essentially ended by a ruptured ligament. Jefferson subsequently called it a dirty play. Billups, naturally, disagreed.

    ~ New York - Newsday.com ~

    Pistons bury Nets from deep
    BY ANTHONY RIEBER

    Nets coach Lawrence Frank called last night's game with the Pistons "a great challenge, a great opportunity."

    In their first game back from a 2-3 Western swing, the Nets weren't up to the challenge and didn't take advantage of the opportunity. Of course, the Pistons had a lot to do with that.

    Behind Richard Hamilton's 30 points, Detroit improved to an NBA-best 11-2 with a 93-83 victory at Continental Airlines Arena.
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    December 2nd:

    ~ The Detroit News ~

    The Pistons front office? Don't get him started
    By Chris McCosky

    As Larry Brown was walking off the court at the SBC Center in San Antonio last June, trying to process the heartbreaking loss to the Spurs in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, all he could think about was coming back the next season and winning back the championship that had just slipped his grasp.

    Six months later as Brown, now coaching the New York Knicks, makes his first return to The Palace tonight, he knows that his ouster from the Pistons was already in motion as he was walking off that court in San Antonio.

    Parker: Boos for Brown? Just think about that, then refrain
    By Rob Parker

    To:Pistons fans
    From:Rob Parker
    Re:Larry Brown's return to Detroit
    Don't boo.

    Not even a little bit.

    In fact, Pistons fans at The Palace tonight should show a lot of class by standing and cheering Larry Brown.

    The longer and louder, the better.

    Sure, Brown left for the New York Knicks last summer after parting company with the Pistons, whom he coached for two seasons. Without question, it could have been handled better, especially in Brown's case. He said one thing and did another. Then again, a divorce is never pretty.
    Still, you should remember the good, not the bad, on this night.
    The reality is, he did everything this organization could have asked him to do.


    Thomas, Brown share spotlight
    Former Pistons great will see his name put on court the same night his coach returns to Palace.
    By Joanne C. Gerstner

    The marquee event at The Palace tonight will be the return of Larry Brown, who will face the Pistons for the first time since he ceased being their coach and joined the Knicks.
    But there is more emotion on tap than simply a redux of "playing the right way."

    The Pistons will honor their Hall of Fame point guard, Isiah Thomas, now the Knicks' president of basketball operations. Thomas' retired No. 11 and name will be placed permanently on the sideline of The Palace court.

    ~ The Detroit Free Press ~


    Doing things the right way tonight
    by Mitch Albom

    Did you hear? The circus is in town. Tonight's the night Larry Brown comes back to Detroit.

    First, right off the bat, let's say the Pistons and their fans owe Brown a nod of thanks. He did help bring the team a championship.

    But Larry's with the Knicks now, which makes him the enemy on several levels.

    No hard feelings, just good memories
    Brown brings Knicks to the Palace
    By Krista Latham

    Tonight, Brown will make his first appearance at the Palace since he was fired last summer and replaced by Flip Saunders. By joining the Knicks, he left one of the NBA's elite teams for one that should be happy reaching .500.

    The Knicks started 0-5 and are 5-9 today. The Pistons are the NBA's hottest team. But Brown said the whiplash of moving from a championship contender to rebuilding mode has been minimal.

    Saunders gets coaching award

    Flip Saunders of the Pistons on Thursday was named Eastern Conference coach of the month for November.

    Saunders, in his first season as coach of the Pistons, led the team to an 11-2 record, and became the first coach in Pistons history to start his tenure at 8-0.


    ~ The Oakland press ~

    Brown back in town
    No matter how he left, players appreciate what Brown did for Pistons
    by Dana Gauruder

    Listen to Larry Brown, and he'll claim he never wanted to leave. Listen to the Pistons organization, and they'll claim he never wanted to come back.

    Listen to the fans, and they'll voice many passionate opinions, most of which Brown doesn't want to hear. Listen to the Pistons players, and they'd rather focus on getting another win.

    Brown returns to The Palace tonight for the first time since he was either fired or quit, depending upon one's point of view. Brown was last seen here during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, but his two-year stint as the Pistons' head coach came to an end in July when he and Pistons owner Bill Davidson bitterly parted ways.


    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Brown looks forward to return to Palace
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Facing a former employer is nothing Larry Brown, now coaching his eighth different NBA team, hasn't experienced before.

    However, Brown's return to The Palace tonight with his new team, the New York Knicks, will be different than most of his previous reunions.
    The teams Brown left behind in the past often struggled during the first season after his departure.


    ~ The New York Times ~

    For Brown, a Trip With Much Baggage
    By Howard Beck

    Larry Brown is returning to his previous place of employment, a ritual as inevitable and predictable as his compulsion for leaving jobs in the first place. When one has coached eight N.B.A. teams over three decades, there is always a homecoming on the horizon.

    Detroit, however, is another matter entirely.

    Brown has gone home many times in his career, but never to a place that has held such a strange mix of memories and emotions as those that reside at the Palace of Auburn Hills.


    ~ The New York Daily News ~

    Motown reunion
    Larry's health an issue as he returns to Detroit
    By Frank Isola

    The uncertainty regarding Larry Brown's health, a major factor in the Detroit Pistons' decision to sever ties with the Hall of Fame coach last July, could become a troubling issue for the Knicks.

    On eve of his emotional return to Detroit, Brown revealed that he'll need additional surgery to correct a bladder condition and that he has decided to postpone the procedure until after the season. Brown added that he's "pretty confident" he'll be healthy enough to coach all 82 regular season games but he wouldn't guarantee it.


    ~ The New York Post ~


    Pistons primed without Larry

    by Peter Vecsey

    HOOP DU JOUR: REGGIE Miller caught me by surprise Thanksgiving. Out of nowhere he reminded TNT's viewers how the Pacers failed to make the playoffs under Larry Brown his last season and that Indiana won 59 games (58-24, actually) the next marking period under rookie Larry Bird.

    Switching to the pristine Pistons, Miller offered us his before-and-after appraisal of Brown. It was nothing we haven't heard before from mere commoners. Instead of taking his opinion to an intuitive level and going up strong with it, Miller pulled up at the 3-point line. Instead of coming out from behind his freshly transplanted Happy Face, he poured softener on his fabric.

    Motown Emotions
    By Mark Berman

    Never has anyone sounded so fine about being fired. Meet Larry Brown.

    Brown isn't on course for a third straight NBA Finals appearance like the Pistons team he used to coach. By late April, Brown's first season with the Knicks could be finished.

    But when Brown makes his riveting return to The Palace of Auburn Hills tonight, he harbors no regrets that it ended ugly. He holds no bitterness about not being wanted back by Pistons crusty owner Bill Davidson, tired of his coach being a drama queen.

    Pistons Honor Thomas
    by Mark Berman

    One Knick will be honored tonight by the Pistons and it won't be Larry Brown. Knicks president Isiah Thomas, who, just like Brown, had a tiff with Detroit owner Bill Davidson, will be feted at halftime at the Palace as part of the Pistons' "Flashback Fridays."

    A ceremony will unveil Thomas' name and the No. 11 he wore for the Pistons, permanently secured on the sidelines of the court. (Thomas already has had his jersey retired to the rafters). Also, 10,000 commemorative figurines of Thomas will be distributed and a video tribute will be played. Thomas also is expected to address the crowd.

    Nets down play lost to Pistons
    By Nick Parish

    Accent the positive.

    That's the vibe coming from the Nets following Wednesday's 93-83 loss to the Pistons. That loss, featuring missed layups and blown defensive coverages, put the team under .500 (7-8) and soured the cream of a homecoming after a successful West Coast swing — if you see the glass as half-empty.

    The Nets don't, though, and won't dwell on the loss. The Pistons, they said, have their game together, with a starting five that's well established. New Jersey, still developing, did plenty right to hang with them most of the game.



    ~New York - Newsday.com ~

    Flip the SCRIPT
    Instead of grinding, Pistons having fun
    By Barbara Barker

    Larry Brown is a hugger, and there's no doubt that when he walks into The Palace of Auburn Hills tonight, a few of the Pistons will embrace him. Many more will shake his hand and fondly recall their trips to the past two NBA Finals under Brown.

    All of them, however, will breathe a liberating sigh of relief when Brown eventually walks over to the Knicks' bench.

    Larry's health still a concern
    by Greg Logan

    Once again, it's all about Larry Brown in Detroit.

    The former Pistons coach revealed yesterday in a conference call with reporters that he expects to have more bladder surgery following the season, and he also indicated that he was compelled by Detroit management to return to the bench sooner than he might have liked following a bladder operation early last season.


    ~ The New Jersey Star-Ledger ~

    Saunders is still a fan of Marbury
    By David Waldstein

    New Pistons coach Flip Saunders has been watching the tapes and has come to the conclusion that his former point guard, Stephon Marbury, is starting to grasp Larry Brown's system.

    "You know, he's had a lot of coaches in the last few years, and that's tough on him," Saunders said. "The biggest thing is, he'll adjust. He's already done that. Looking at the film over the last week, he's playing a lot better."

    Brown is facing off-season surgery
    By David Waldstein

    Larry Brown's uncertain health status was the principal reason he is coaching the Knicks and not the Pistons, and now, on the eve of his first game back in Detroit with his new team, concerns over his health have arisen again.

    While discussing his much-anticipated nationally televised return to The Palace for tonight's game against the Pistons, Brown revealed on a conference call that he will likely require surgery after the season to address lingering complications from hip surgery a year ago.
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    December 3rd

    ~ The Detroit News ~

    Pistons show Brown love, then hold off Knicks

    Hamilton hugs Brown, then goes off for 40 points.
    By Dave Hogg

    Now the Detroit Pistons can get back to just playing basketball.
    After Friday's 106-98 victory over Larry Brown, err, the New York Knicks, the Pistons are looking forward to a quiet visit to Chicago.

    "I"m so happy this game is over,” said Chauncey Billups, who finished with 11 points and 11 assists.

    Brown gets warm welcome from players, lukewarm from fans
    Isiah Thomas has his name and number honored alongside court.
    By Dave Hogg

    As always, Brown walked onto the court a few moments before the introductions, and was greeted by a mixture of cheers and boos. The boos grew louder when he was introduced by Mason, but the mood changed when Rasheed Wallace started a parade.

    Wallace went over to the New York bench to hug the coach that helped the Pistons to two Finals appearances and an NBA title in 2004.


    ~ The Detroit Free Press ~

    Flip 1, Larry 0

    Pistons top Knicks, former coach the respectful way
    By Krista Latham


    Sure, they respect Larry Brown. Most players still call him a friend. All of the starters greeted him with a hug, and even the fans, for the most part, showed their appreciation with applause.

    But after playing nice with the New York Knicks -- Brown's new team -- for the first half Friday night, the Pistons made their point loud and clear. They held the Knicks to a turn-your-head-away-and-don't-watch 3-for-17 shooting performance in the third quarter and took over what had been a tie game.

    Despite the boos, he got hugs he wanted
    By Mitch Albom

    He chose pinstripes, a New York thing, with a stiff white collar and a charcoal tie, and the moment he came onto the floor there were boos and photographers and more boos and more photographers. He strode to center court like a presidential debater and shook a firm hand with Flip Saunders, the man who replaced him, then retreated to his new bench on the visitors' side.

    And when his name was called during introductions -- "Welcome back to the Palace ... Larry Brown" -- the boos really rained down and only Isiah Thomas stood beside him, his arm around the old coach's shoulder, smiling impishly, whispering something in his ear.

    Zeke floored by new honor
    By Krista Latham

    In many ways, Friday night's Pistons game was less about the basketball and more about the basketball legend who spent his glory days in Detroit and now works in New York.

    Not Larry Brown. His boss, Knicks president Isiah Thomas.

    The Pistons honored Thomas, the point guard that led the Bad Boys to back-to-back titles, at halftime by unveiling a portion of the floor where his name and No. 11 are now embossed.


    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    Flip bumps into LB at restaurant
    by Dana Gauruder

    On the way to The Palace, Flip Saunders had a strange thought.
    "Let Larry coach 'em both," Saunders said with a smile.

    It's not that Saunders didn't feel like coaching his team Friday night. He simply got caught in the massive traffi c jam on I-75 heading to the arena. His usual 20-minute drive from his Birmingham condo took nearly two hours. He didn't arrive until an hour before tipoff.

    Though Saunders had no time to visit Brown after he finally arrived, the coaches had a chance encounter Thursday night. Saunders was having dinner with assistant coach Ron Harper at Cameron's Steakhouse in Birmingham when he spotted Brown in the restaurant. Saunders asked Brown about his family and his health but little about the upcoming game.

    The book on LB is not yet closed
    by Keith Langlois

    The boo-birds had the more urgent agenda. So right after introduction of the New York Knicks' starters, those with an ax to grind took up the cause.

    But they were soon overcome, if not overwhelmed, by the cheers of those who'd rather let the Larry Brown saga go, and others uncertain the 2004 title would be theirs without him, and still more who were aware ESPN was piping this game to the nation and didn't want to provide another reason to dump on Detroit.


    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    Brown gets cheers, jeers
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    It's always been like this for Larry Brown.
    Some people love him.
    Others don't.

    That was certainly indicative of the cheers and jeers the former Pistons coach received from the fans in his first return to The Palace as the New York Knicks head coach on Friday.

    Play was uneven, but Pistons show Brown what he's missing
    By Danny Knobler

    Believe it or not, it wasn't all about Larry. And not every reaction was mixed.

    On the night former coach Larry Brown returned (and heard more boos than cheers), the Detroit Pistons turned an uneven performance into a fan-pleasing 106-98 Friday night win over Brown's New York Knicks.

    It wasn't a perfect night for the Pistons, not even close, but it was a win, and at least the emotions and the heavy focus of Brown's return to The Palace are finally in the rear-view mirror.


    ~ The Grand Rapids Press ~

    Cheers, boos rock The Palace
    By David Mayo

    The mad scientist struck a pose as familiar to the Pistons as it is part of their past, fingertips lightly scratching his forehead, while he pondered the question.

    Both sides have moved forward despite the irresistable temptation to look back.
    Yet their interpretation of history continues to differ greatly.

    "Did it work out for me? No, it didn't work out for me," Larry Brown said, hours before his most dreaded road game of the season. "Yeah, I'm doing what I love to do. But I felt like this was my last stop."


    ~ Espn.com ~

    By design, Dumars a quiet success
    By Adrian Wojnarowski

    The visionary for this Detroit Pistons championship renaissance stays in the shadows, satisfied with letting everyone else take the bows for a run that has never sufficiently saluted his genius. Joe Dumars runs a franchise upstairs, the way that he played downstairs. So unassuming, so good, sometimes it's easy to mistake his greatness for good fortune.

    The Pistons could stand losing Larry Brown, but never Dumars. Once the glue of a Pistons championship glory, always.

    "It's incredible what Joe has done in Detroit," Nets president Rod Thorn says. "And he's always going to do it in a low-key manner, never wanting to draw any attention to himself."


    ~ The New York Times ~

    Mixed Feelings, Clear Result
    By Howard Beck

    If two years is enough to establish N.B.A. residency, then two and a half hours was easily enough for Larry Brown to become horribly homesick Friday night.

    Skipping across the court, making the right passes and most of the big baskets, were Richard Hamilton, Chauncey Billups and a lot of other guys whom Brown not long ago publicly expressed his love for. The Detroit Pistons are no longer the object of Brown's affection, but they still model the "right way" philosophy that Brown, now the Knicks' coach, holds dear, and they showed it in a 106-98 victory.


    ~ The New York Daily News ~

    Visit is no good for Brown's health
    By Mitch Lawrence

    No matter if you think Larry Brown ran out on the Pistons or got fired or left because of a medical condition that now is suddenly the Knicks' very interesting problem, there was something fundamentally sad about last night's game at The Palace of Auburn Hills.​

    The sad part came when Brown talked an hour and a half before tipoff about his sense of "dread."

    There will be arguments forever around here about just how much he meant to the 2004 Pistons. But there is no denying that he did guide them to a championship. It was his crowning achievement as an NBA coach, in a distinguished Hall of Fame career. It gave him the rarest daily double in basketball circles: the only coach to win an NCAA title and also pose with the Larry O'Brien Trophy.

    Larry shown love and loss
    Cheered as Knicks fall in Detroit
    By Frank Isola

    The old coach was booed, cheered and in a moving display of class and affection, the same Detroit Pistons' starting five that gave Larry Brown an NBA championship walked over to the Knicks' bench and hugged him.

    "It was pretty emotional for him," said Rasheed Wallace, who was the first to embrace Brown before tipoff. "He's a pretty emotional cat. So I think it was something that he enjoyed. I was just paying my respects."


    ~ The New York Post ~

    By Marc Berman

    Larry Brown emerged from the tunnel leading to the court 20 minutes before tip-off, flanked by security, his assistants and a gaggle of cameras befitting a prime minister.

    Cheers mixed evenly with boos filled the sold-out Palace. Everyone inside the arena was stamding, watching the bespectacled 65-year-old Knicks coach head to the visiting bench for the first time in three years.

    But during introductions, the boos significantly drowned out the cheers as expected.

    Larry Gets Isaiah Support
    By Marc Berman


    Isiah Thomas stood by Larry Brown on the bench last night for moral support during player introductions, his arm around his coach as most of the Palace fans booed him.

    "He said he's going to stand next to me," Brown said beforehand. "I told him you have to be silly."

    Ironically, Thomas was then in a different position, at halfcourt at halftime, honored in a loving ceremony in which his jersey number "11" and name "Thomas" was embedded onto the red sidelines.


    ~ The New Jersey Star-Ledger ~

    Knicks give Brown a reason to be proud
    By David Walstein

    It isn't often that Larry Brown is cheerful or upbeat after a loss, but last night amid a swirl of emotions, memories and reunions, even he couldn't complain.

    On a night in which he was booed by his old fans, hugged by his old players and monitored at every turn, he was also rewarded with some inspired play from a new group of undermanned neophytes.

    The Knicks, on the verge of being swept away by the defending Eastern Conference champions (and the best team in the NBA so far) on their home court, almost overcame a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit while making it a game at the end.


    ~ New York - Newsday.com ~

    No happy return for Brown
    Knicks give good effort, but in the end, Pistons have too much
    By Greg Logan

    Somewhere in The Palace of Auburn Hills, Pistons owner Bill Davidson was laughing Friday night as his former coach, Larry Brown, suffered through an ignominious return to the site of his greatest victories.

    The team that gave him his only professional title two years ago hit the Knicks with a crushing 27-6 second-half run and held on for a 106-98 victory in the Pistons' "unwelcome home" party for Brown.
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    ~ The Detroit News ~


    Minutes dry up for erratic Milicic
    Bench has its struggles, so Davis, who played well against the Knicks, might get on court more.
    By Chris McCosky

    Nobody in the Pistons organization is giving up on Darko Milicic, be clear on that.
    But after yet another erratic performance by Milicic on Friday, coach Flip Saunders' patience may be wearing thin -- to the point where he might elevate 15th-year pro Dale Davis into the rotation.

    "I have that saying, 'You want to give guys as much responsibility as they can accept as long as they keep improving,' " Saunders said before the Pistons played the Bulls on Saturday. "If they take a step back, then you back off."

    Wojo: It would be wise if Millen studied Dumars, Holland
    Emotional style of Lions president contrasts with that of Wings and Pistons GMs.
    By Bob Wojnowski

    Millen's common theme is exposed when he's contrasted with Dumars and Holland. (We're not including Dave Dombrowski of the Tigers because, as sharp as he might be, he hasn't shown it here yet.)

    Dumars and Holland are bright, cool leaders who seldom are swayed by emotion.
    Millen might be bright, but he's always swayed by emotion.

    Pistons pull away from Bulls
    Strong third quarter helps wipe out early deficit, propel team with NBA's best record.
    By Chris McCosky

    Remember in the mid-1990s when the Bulls were the reigning kings of the Eastern Conference and the Pistons were the young, scrappy upstarts trying to knock them off their throne?

    Remember how Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen would toy with the Pistons, letting them hang around for a while in games, only to crush them in the end?

    What we have here is a serious case of role reversal.


    ~ The Oakland Press ~


    Milicic might lose playing time
    by Dana Gauruder

    Darko Milicic is making it more difficult for Flip Saunders to keep Dale Davis stashed at the end of the bench.

    Milicic has not delivered during most of his stints this season and hit a new low against New York Friday night with a mistake-filled, fiveminute outing. Saunders says he'll start using Davis as the team's fourth big man, depending upon the opponent.


    ~ Booth Newspapers ~


    Pistons rally to 92-79 victory over Bulls, improve record to 13-2
    By Danny Knobler

    If it's not Richard Hamilton, it's Rasheed Wallace. If it's not a furious fourth-quarter run, it's a thriller in the third.

    One way or another, the Detroit Pistons get you, as they got the Chicago Bulls Saturday night.

    Down 15 points in the first half, the Pistons turned it up and raced to a 92-79 win. A night after Hamilton scored a season-high 40, Rasheed Wallace led the way Saturday with 26 points.



    ~ The Chicago Sun-Times ~


    Pistons' win a real laugher
    by John Jackson

    The Bulls were playing for the fourth time in five days, but coach Scott Skiles wasn't about to use fatigue as an excuse for his team's second-half woes in a 92-79 loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night at the United Center.

    ''Not the way that it happened,'' Skiles said. ''We stopped doing what works. Our defense just got really soft in the mid-to-late second quarter. We stopped moving the ball, and we stopped guarding. It carried over to the second half, and we paid for it.''


    ~ The Chicago Tribune ~


    Beasts of the East smiling in victory
    Wallace gets under Bulls' skin as Pistons rampage in 2nd half
    by Fred Mitchell

    The joke was on the Bulls Saturday night.

    Rasheed Wallace could not conceal his cynical grin on the court as the recalcitrant Pistons forward bullied the young Bulls before a crowd of 21,875.

    The Detroit Pistons (13-2) whipped the Bulls (8-7) for the 11th straight time at the United Center 92-79.

    "When we see [Wallace laughing on the court], somebody has to step up or hard-foul him, let him know that we're still out there," Bulls guard Ben Gordon said. "He got away with that tonight.

    "We just have to learn from that as a young team. Next time we can't let guys be in there laughing at us."

    Beasts of the East show how it's done
    Pistons run away from Bulls after trailing by 15 in 2nd
    by Fred Mitchell

    The Bulls should be thinking playoffs, even though the postseason is half a year away. After all, victories early in the season count the same as those during the so-called playoff run in March and April.

    But sobering reality showed up Saturday night when the Bulls took on one of the NBA's elite. The Detroit Pistons (13-2) whipped the Bulls for the 11th straight time at the United Center, 92-79.

    "San Antonio and Detroit, to me, are the two best teams," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said of the teams who have won the NBA's last three titles.
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    ~ The Detroit News ~


    'Tis the season to rest the legs

    Five-day break gives players time to heal, but they don't want to disrupt momentum.
    Chris McCosky

    And on the 33rd day of the season, the Pistons rested … and on the 34th day, the 35th day, and all the way through the 40th day they will rest.

    In an odd scheduling quirk, for which they will pay with a barrage of games in the final three weeks of this month, the Pistons find themselves with five full days between games. They don't play again until Friday, when they start a tough three-game road trip at Golden State, Los Angeles (Clippers) and Utah.


    ~ The Detroit Free Press ~


    Pistons earn a little rest, relaxation
    by Krista Latham

    Instead of grinding through another day of practice today, the Pistons will sleep in, relax and clear their minds at home.

    Coach Flip Saunders gave the team Sunday and today off, and even with that well-deserved vacation, the team will have three days of practice uninterrupted by games this week.

    The Pistons don't play until Friday, when a three-game West coast trip begins at Golden State.

    "Training camp begins Tuesday," Saunders joked.



    ~ Booth Newspapers ~


    Davis knows his time with Pistons is coming
    By Danny Knobler

    Eventually, the Detroit Pistons are going to need Dale Davis.
    They know it, he knows it and it's true, even though Davis has scored exactly one point as the Pistons have won 13 of their first 15 games this season. The Pistons haven't needed the 14-year NBA veteran yet, but they will.

    "I know I can be of value to this team,'' Davis said the other day.

    His chance could be coming. Davis didn't play at all in the Pistons' 92-79 Saturday night win in Chicago, but neither did Darko Milicic, who seems to be falling out of favor with coach Flip Saunders as quickly as he did with former coach Larry Brown.



    ~ Knight Ridder Newspapers ~


    Spurs, Pistons look like elite of NBA
    by David Aldrich

    One month into the NBA season, what do we think and what do we know?

    We think ...

    ... that the Spurs and Pistons have already separated themselves from the pack in their respective conferences.

    San Antonio has a record that’s much better than the Spurs usually post in November. It’s gotten to the point where coach Gregg Popovich isn’t sure whether he should yell at his guys or just let them be.

    Detroit doesn’t have a great bench, but its starting five is so good that it doesn’t matter. And with the Pacers and Heat both struggling, the Pistons are primed to get the top record in the East — and any seventh game in the East playoffs on their home floor.
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    Pistons Continued Success Masks Defensive Deficiency

    It’s no secret that Detroit’s success from the past two seasons has come from their defense. The Pistons ranked 3rd in the league on defense last year & 2nd the year before. With Detroit starting off a red hot 13-2 this year, many people have just assumed that their defense that has carried them to the best record in the league.
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    CORRECTION: Here is the working link for the above article.
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    ~ The Detroit News ~


    Believe his five rings
    Teasing spurred Pistons assistant to great heights as a player
    By Terry Foster

    The notes Ron Harper took in class went beyond the reading and arithmetic assignments teachers gave him.

    He kept close tabs on everybody who made fun of his stutter when he raised a hand to answer questions. He heard the snickers and giggles, and they hurt, even though Harper was the star basketball player at Kiser High School in Akron.

    Harper didn't curse his antagonists. A part of him actually enjoyed the teasing because he was certain he'd get his revenge -- during afternoon pickup basketball games.

    Prince is a versatile guy
    By Chris McCosky

    'Most versatile'

    Flip Saundersis finding out what Larry Brownknew last season -- taking Tayshaun Princeout of a game is tough.

    "I knew he was good, but I didn't really know how good," Saunders said. "That's why you see all the minutes he's playing."
    Prince, averaging a career-best 16.4 points and shooting a career-best 49 percent, has played more minutes than any other player (570).

    "From afar, you don't notice all the little things that he does," Saunders said. "He's so versatile, and he understands the game so well. And this year, I think you are seeing him be more aggressive offensively."

    Delfino sits for a reason
    Prince, Hamilton get most of the minutes
    By Chris McCosky

    Q. What's going on with Carlos Delfino? He seems to be out of the rotation.

    A. Well, he has been out of the rotation, but that hasn't been a reflection on his play. His benching has been a function of the excellent play of Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton.

    Pistons president Joe Dumars and coach Flip Saunders have talked with Delfino about his situation. They have assured him his time will come and encouraged him to stay ready.



    ~ The Detroit Free Press ~

    Saunders' substitution pattern baffles reserves
    By Krista Latham​

    On most NBA teams, it might classify as full-fledged frustration.
    On the Pistons, the grumbles coming from the bench players are laced with understanding and acceptance.

    More than anything, they're happy the team is winning, with a 13-2 record being the best in the NBA. But they also admit they're often baffled by coach Flip Saunders' rotations.



    ~ ESPN.com ~

    Here's how East will finish . . .
    By Greg Anthony

    The balance of power has gone from West to East. The East is deeper and better at the top with three of the top four teams in the league residing in the East. Here's how I see the East seedings come playoff time.
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    ~ The Detroit News ~


    Saunders' practice is rigorous after unusual two days off
    With next game not until Friday against Golden State, coach went to Minneapolis.
    By Joanne C. Gerstner

    Everything was back to normal at the Pistons practice facility Tuesday.
    Players were sweat-soaked but smiling. The sound of bouncing basketballs echoed everywhere, punctuated by occasional yells, laughs or whistle blasts.

    It was time to go back to work, after a rare two-day break of not practicing. The Pistons do not play again until Friday at Golden State, so coach Flip Saunders gave everybody a break.

    Saunders made sure his team wouldn't get rusty, working it hard in the two-hour-plus practice.



    ~ The Detroit Free Press ~


    FORGET ME NOT: Why Tayshaun Prince might be the most important Piston
    By Krista Latham

    There are flashier players, bigger muscles, crazier hairstyles, brighter smiles, and higher scorers in the Pistons' starting lineup.

    But he's the Elmer's. He's the boring ol' roll of Scotch tape, so easy to look past, you forget he's there. Yet he's totally necessary.

    Irreplaceable.
    Nothing sticks without him.
    His teammates know. They call him the silent assassin.
    Because he'll kill you while you're looking the other way.

    WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Terry Tyler
    By Bill Dow

    How we remember him: Hometown heroes Terry (Thunder) Tyler and University of Detroit teammate John (Lightning) Long were drafted in 1978 by new Pistons coach %%%% Vitale, their U of D coach. Tyler was one of the most dependable and rugged forwards in franchise history, and he quickly became a fan favorite at the Silverdome. His exceptional leaping ability helped him set the franchise record for blocked shots (1,070), a mark broken last year by Ben Wallace. No. 41 never missed a game in his seven years with the Pistons, and he still holds the team record for consecutive games played (574).

    Ben Wallace blocks out aches, pains
    By Chris Silva

    Ben Wallace's feet still hurt.
    Maybe the five days off between games will help.
    But even if the time off doesn't help, Wallace will be out there taking the jump ball against centers who are anywhere from two inches to a half-foot taller. And Wallace will continue to scrap and box out under the basket against big men who weigh more than he does.

    It's no secret that Wallace, 6-feet-9 and 240 pounds, gives up a few inches and pounds as an NBA center. Even so, teammates expect him to give the Pistons a bully's mentality in the paint in every game.

    Few bumps in the road for this team
    By Krista Latham

    What a week. In New Jersey, the Pistons discovered the land behind that mysterious arc and hit 10 threes; Larry Brown returned to Detroit to a very mixed chorus of boos, jeers, hugs and cheers, and Rasheed Wallace got silly in Chicago.

    The best part for the Pistons? Three games, three more wins.
    So what's more impressive? The Pistons' 13-2 record or their 8-1 mark on the road?

    Just Blog it!
    By Mark Francescutti

    What is a blog? Blog is short for Weblog. A Weblog is a journal or diary on the Internet that is frequently updated. Blogs generally represent the personality of the author or the Web site. It's also a great place to read what other Pistons fans are saying. And you can often add your own responses.

    NBA Ticker
    by Al Toby

    Out to pasture?
    Lindsey Hunter isn't the only Piston recovering from an ankle injury.
    Turns out Hooper, the Pistons mascot, suffered an ankle/hoof injury while practicing a dunk late last month.

    You can send Hooper a get-well e-card on pistons.com.

    In the team's "Workin' Blog," Hooper said, "This crazy horse isn't going to be turned into glue. Fortunately, our wonderful Pistons trainers here at the Palace fixed up my leg just right. I am happy to report that I will be good as new in a few more weeks."

    Hot Topics
    Early vacation

    What's up with the long break between games? The Pistons' contest Friday at Golden State will be their first since Saturday's victory at Chicago. It seems like we're at the All-Star break. Perhaps we're pouting because it has given us more time to wallow in the misery of the Lions.

    Soundoff

    By the numbers

    Pistons planner




    ~ Booth newspapers ~


    Big Ben plays over injuries
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Sooner or later, battling taller, heavier players every night will take its toll on any man, even Ben Wallace.

    The Detroit Pistons' seemingly indestructible one has had his usual share of early season injuries -- most recently, a sore left ankle and a sore right foot -- but they haven't had much of an impact on his play.

    He's averaging a team-high 11.5 rebounds per game, which ranks fifth in the league. He's also averaging 8.7 points and 1.73 blocks per game while playing 35.1 minutes per game, which ranks third on the team.
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    I love how newspapers feel they must explain the Internet to consumers who are light-years ahead of them technically and creatively (cf. those prize-winning Pistons blogs at detnews.com).
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    Yes however, they did give some nice props to two very good blogs (I am unfamiliar with the third one). iamme from various Pistons boards (including this one) runs Pistonsbball and that DetroitBadBoys site usually has great content as well.
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    ~ The Detroit News ~

    Pistons are wary of Davis

    Warriors point guard, averaging 15.7 points, is similar to Billups in importance to his team.
    By Joanne C. Gerstner


    The Pistons have been doing their homework, preparing for another test Friday.
    The pest, er, test will come in the form of Warriors point guard Baron Davis.


    The Pistons play at Golden State that night, and contending with Davis is the top assignment.

    They already have a pretty good clue how to play Davis. All they have to do is check out their own dominant point guard -- Chauncey Billups.

    ~ The Detroit Free Press ~

    Davis golden for Warriors
    By Chris Silva


    The Golden State Warriors' resurrection this season can be traced to one man: Baron Davis.
    Davis, whom Golden State acquired from New Orleans at the trade deadline last season for Speedy Claxton and current Piston Dale Davis, has given the Warriors a new look and a huge spark.


    The Pistons face Golden State in Oakland on Friday night, and the Warriors are actually winning. After perennially residing in the basement of the Western Conference's Pacific Division, the Warriors were 12-6 heading into Wednesday night's game against Phoenix.

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    With Davis, Warriors become a force
    By A. Sherrod Blakely


    Good point guard play is usually crucial for the most successful NBA teams.
    That has certainly been the case in Golden State, where all-star Baron Davis has catapulted the often bottom-dwelling Warriors near the top of the Western Conference standings.


    "As he goes is how they go," said Pistons coach Flip Saunders, who coached Davis during the 2001 Goodwill Games in Brisbane, Australia. "A guy like him, as dynamic as he is, has the ball in his hands and can make plays and has no fear in late-game situations. He's the big difference, there's no question."

    ~ WoodTV8.com ~

    Ex-Pistons star Bing gets NBA players to invest in Detroit
    A/P

    Detroit Pistons star-turned-businessman Dave Bing says he's recruited several current and former N-B-A players to invest in a Detroit housing business.


    Bing says they are Isiah Thomas, Jalen Rose, Chris Webber, Steve Smith and Derrick Coleman.


    He's seeking other athletes as well.

    Bing says he plans to raise five (M) million to ten (M) million dollars from about eight current and former athletes and form the company within 60 days.

    ~ Inside Bay Area ~

    Pests are gone, now Warriors get NBA's beasts
    By Monte Poole

    With his team on the cusp of the NBA's version of manhood, he is rounding into shape at the practically perfect time, as the pests are departing and the beasts arrive.
    Here is where we begin to get an idea of how far Baron Davis can lead the Warriors.

    Twelve of their 13 games remaining this month will come against teams who were in the 2005 playoffs. Only five of those games will be in Oakland, beginning with defending Pacific Division champ Phoenix tonight, followed on Friday by defending Central Division champ Detroit.


    ~ Contra Costa Times ~

    J-Rich zeroing in on All-Star berth
    But Richardson has plenty of competition for a spot on the West team
    By Marcus Thompson II

    There's little question that Warriors guard Jason Richardson is playing at an All-Star level. To date, he's been the best player on one of the Western Conference's best teams.

    He's averaging 22.5 points per game; among West guards, only Los Angeles Laker Kobe Bryant (32.1) and Seattle supersonic Ray Allen (23.9) average more. Richardson's also averaging 6.5 rebounds per game; among West guards, only the Sacramento Kings' Bonzi Wells (7.9) averages more. Only point guard Tony Parker's San Antonio Spurs have more wins than Richardson's Warriors.
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    ~ Detroit news ~


    Western swing won't be a snap
    McDyess notes Warriors, Clippers and Jazz are better than last season.
    By JoAnne C. Gerstner.

    The West used to be a scary place for the Pistons.
    Losses in all forms invariably occurred at faraway places deep in the night. But that's ancient history.

    This crop of Pistons seemingly has no problems playing two or three time zones away, as shown by a 3-0 swing last month.
    The Pistons go west for three more games, beginning tonight against the Warriors, followed by the Clippers and Jazz.


    ~ Detroit Free Press ~


    Warriors, Clippers no doormats
    By Chris Silva

    This trip out west won't be the same as the last.
    The Pistons beat Sacramento, Phoenix and Portland in a span of four days in November, but of those teams, only the Suns now have a winning record.

    This time, the Pistons face Golden State, the L.A. Clippers and Utah over four nights, and the Warriors and Clippers are playing their best in years.


    ~ Oakland Press ~


    Davis has Warriors in thick of it
    By Dana Gauruder

    Sometimes, one player can make all the difference for an NBA franchise. Shaquille O'Neal has turned the Miami Heat into a serious title contender. Steve Nash has done the same with Phoenix.

    The Golden State Warriors have not reached that level yet, but, after 11 losing seasons, they finally have the look of a winner. That can be attributed to the trade-deadline acquisition of point guard Baron Davis last season.

    Considering Davis' salary and health issues, the Warriors took a big risk. It's the type of gamble that a desperate club has to make to change its losing culture and, thus far, it has paid off. The Warriors have a 30-17 record, including 12-7 this season, since they dealt Speedy Claxton and Dale Davis to the New Orleans Hornets for Davis.



    ~ Booth Newspapers ~


    Richardson riding high as Warriors off to good start
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Winning games and scoring a lot of points is the kind of basketball Jason Richardson is used to.
    And now, apparently, that's the brand of game for the Golden State Warriors (12-7), who are off to one of their best starts in years.

    While point guard Baron Davis has been given most of the credit for the Warriors' turnaround, the 6-foot-5 Richardson has also been an important cog in the team's race to get to the playoffs for the first time in 11 years.
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    ~ The San Francisco Chronicle ~

    By Janny Hu

    As much as the Warriors needed Troy Murphy's rebounding late in Wednesday's game against the Suns, logic suggests they'll need him even more against the smash-mouth Pistons.

    Golden State's top two rebounders now are listed as game-time decisions for tonight's anticipated matchup with Detroit. Their tentative status makes an already unpleasant task of guarding the Pistons frontcourt even tougher.

    Without Murphy and Foyle, the Warriors would lose a combined 16 rebounds per game and be forced to thrust reserve big men Andris Biedrins and Ike Diogu into greater roles against Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace.

    ~ The Contra Costa Times ~

    The NBA's best backcourt?
    Comparing Warriors' Davis-Richardson to the Pistons' Billups-Hamilton​
    By Marcus Thompson II

    The question: Which is the better backcourt, the Warriors' Baron Davis and Jason Richardson or Detroit's Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton.

    They face off tonight as the Warriors host the Pistons at 7:30, meaning the two best guard tandems in the league, arguably, will be on display at the Arena.

    Richardson and Hamilton are perhaps the two most underrated guards in the game. And the point guards are so respected they're on first-name status: All you need to say is Baron or Chauncey, and praise just pours out.

    Warriors are still trailing the elite
    By Eric Gilmore

    Two nights after losing 118-110 to the reigning Pacific Division champion Suns, the Warriors play the defending Eastern Conference champion Detroit Pistons tonight at the Arena.

    New Pistons coach Flip Saunders took the team that Larry Brown built and, remarkably, made it better.

    Detroit owns an NBA-best record of 13-2 and is winning at a .867 clip. The Pistons are on pace to finish 71-11.
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    ~ Detroit News ~

    Hamilton and Prince are being considered for U.S. Olympic men's team
    By Chris McCosky

    Pistons Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince are two of at least 35 players being considered for inclusion on the next U.S. Olympic men's basketball team.

    "A couple of people asked me about it, but I still haven't got back to them," said Hamilton. "I haven't really had time to sit down and think about it."

    Jerry Colangelo, the new head of Team USA, wants to choose the team from a long list of players. He has already contacted, besides the two Pistons, Gilbert Arenas, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. Soon, he plans to have discussions with Dwyane Wade, Kevin Garnett, Tim Duncan and Amare Stoudemire. LeBron James is also believed to be on his radar.

    It's all about 'Sheed as Pistons continue to roll
    Former MSU star and Saginaw native Richardson scores 36
    By Greg Beecham

    Rasheed Wallace has been the consummate team player ever since he joined the Pistons, providing offense, defense and attitude in whatever doses were necessary to keep Detroit on top.

    The Pistons needed everything Wallace had to offer on Friday night, and it was barely enough to hold off the Golden State Warriors.
    Wallace scored 10 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, also making a key steal and a heady length-of-the-court pass for Ben Wallace's clinching dunk in Detroit's 106-103 victory.


    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    By Krista Latham

    The Golden State Warriors are on their way up in the NBA. Should the young team keep improving, they could soon be one of the league's elite.

    But they're not there yet.

    The Pistons hung around in front of the Warriors' second sellout crowd this season and waited for Rasheed Wallace to take over in the fourth quarter Friday night and lift the Pistons to a 106-103 win and 14-2 record.

    Hamilton ready to serve country
    By Krista Latham

    The feeling-out calls from Team USA managing director Jerry Colangelo are starting to trickle in to potential Olympians' voicemails, and one Piston has received the message.

    Shooting guard Richard Hamilton needs to return a call to Colangelo, who has begun working on the roster for the 2008 Olympic Games and the 2006 World Championships. ESPN.com reported that Tayshaun Prince also received a call, but he said Friday that he hasn't.

    If it came, he'd take it, and as for Hamilton, he is certainly interested in being considered for the team, despite a lengthy commitment.


    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    When you see the Detroit Pistons playing so well, it's hard to imagine that five years ago they were one of the worst teams in the NBA.

    Developing a culture of winning was not easy, even for a franchise such as Detroit, which had won NBA titles in 1989 and '90 before winning a third in 2004.

    Just imagine the challenge for perennially bad teams like Golden State, which played Detroit on Friday, and the Los Angeles Clippers, who will host the Pistons on Sunday.


    ~ San Francisco Chronicle ~

    Vaunted Pistons slip away in final minute
    By Janny Hu

    No matter how much coach Mike Montgomery downplayed the importance of Friday's meeting with Detroit, a sellout crowd wanted to see the Warriors' response to their disheartening loss against Phoenix.

    They wanted to know if Golden State could avoid losing two games in a row for the first time this season. If the Warriors could somehow defend their homecourt against the NBA's best team. If Jason Richardson, in the middle of an All-Star campaign, could come up with another clutch shot and carry the Warriors to an upset win.

    Richardson did all he could, sinking a 3-pointer with 12.3 seconds left to bring the Warriors within one point of the Pistons. But Ben Wallace had an uncontested layup on Detroit's final possession and Derek Fisher's desperation 3-pointer banked off the rim at the buzzer.


    ~ Inside Bay Area ~

    But Warriors test well in narrow loss to Pistons
    By Geoff Lepper

    For Warriors coach Mike Montgomery, the second week of December is still way too early in an NBA season to discuss litmus tests or yardsticks or barometers or any other fancy name you can think for a way to measure yourself against the competition.

    It's too bad, because Golden State's meeting with the Detroit Pistons — two-time NBA finalists and owners of the league's best record — on Friday night sure had that vibe.

    It felt like a litmus-test game when Michigan native Jason Richardson unleashed an incandescent performance against his hometown team, dropping a season-high 36 points, plus six rebounds and two blocks.
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    ~ Detroit news ~

    At this point, all they are concerned about is the next game (in this case, against Clippers).
    By Chris McCosky

    The Pistons don't seem overly impressed with themselves despite their NBA-best 14-2 record, which also is the best 16-game start in their history and includes the best road record in the league (9-1).

    "Nah, not really," Rasheed Wallace said when asked if the start might be getting a little exciting. "We just take each game as it comes. We can't worry about the two or three games down the road. We just have to worry about the next one and just come out and play."

    Roy Tarpley's long road back
    Ex-Michigan star, 41, is driven to return to NBA
    by Terry Foster

    Once, Tarpley was a millionaire living the big life as one of the Dallas Mavericks' star players. He was not only the life of the party, he was the party.

    But the fast life brought him to his knees. It resulted in two NBA substance-abuse suspensions, a divorce, jail time, bankruptcy, and ultimately a lifetime ban from the league.

    He has lived with that ban for 10 years, but is fighting to return.

    ~ Booth Newspapers ~

    CMU grad big part of Clippers improvement
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    The Los Angeles Clippers didn't get a whole lot of attention when they drafted Chris Kaman three years ago.

    And now, as the Clippers continue to prove they are one of the better teams in the NBA, little attention has been paid to the impact the 7-foot center has had on their success.
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    December 12th -

    ~ Detroit news ~

    Intentionally fouling Ben Wallace backfires on Los Angeles
    By Chris McCosky

    It doesn't work. It has never worked.

    But that didn't stop Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy from deploying a hack-a-Ben strategy for the final six minutes Sunday -- intentionally fouling Ben Wallace on every possession.

    The result was an 11-4 run for the Pistons that effectively sealed their sixth straight win, 109-101.

    The Pistons are now 15-2 overall and 10-1 on the road. It was just the second home loss for the Clippers.



    ~ Detroit Free Press ~

    Pistons cut down Clippers
    Bench shines in 10th road win
    By Krista Latham

    The wins keep coming for the Pistons, against good teams and bad, on the West Coast or the East Coast, at home or away. And with Ben Wallace making or missing free throws.

    The Clippers -- make that the Pacific Division-leading Clippers -- decided with six minutes left Sunday night that they couldn't stop the Pistons without resorting to a Hack-A-Ben philosophy.

    They sent Wallace to the line 10 times in the fourth quarter, killing their momentum from an 8-2 run that brought them within eight points. And the plan backfired.


    By Krista Latham

    There's an age-old question in the NBA, and it's not the one about where Larry Brown will find his next paycheck.
    To foul or not to foul (with a three-point lead late in the game) -- that is the question.

    The Pistons ran into that scenario against the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. Warriors guard Jason Richardson hit a three-pointer with nine seconds left that brought Golden State to within one; Chauncey Billups followed with two free throws to put Detroit up, 104-101.


    ~ The Oakland Press ~

    Saunders tips To Cassell
    By Dana Gauruder

    Flip Saunders had a hunch that the Los Angeles Clippers would be much improved this season.

    He felt point guard Sam Cassell, whom he coached in Minnesota, would have a major impact on the perennially downtrodden Clippers. With Cassell running the offense, the Clippers were off to a 14-5 start heading into Sunday night's game against the Pistons. Cassell, a 13-year veteran, was dealt to the Clippers in August.

    Artest loves swimming in controversy
    By Pat Caputo
    There are headlines. Then there are cries for help. This headline was posted on ESPN.com during the weekend: "Artest says Pacers better without him."
    It was a scream for help.
    At initial glance, the statement is preposterous. Artest is 6-feet-7, weighs 250 pounds and is one of a handful of truly gifted players in the NBA. He can drive to the basket. He can score from outside. When he decides to rebound, Artest owns the boards. When the mood moves him to clamp down on someone defensively, they can't breathe.
    But Artest also is correct. The Pacers would be better off without him.



    ~ Booth Newspapers ~


    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Los Angeles Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy apparently didn't get the memo.

    Resorting to the Hack-a-Ben Wallace strategy never works.

    Dunleavy's decision to start fouling Wallace intentionally in the fourth quarter -- despite his team being on a 10-3 run at the time -- killed the Clippers' momentum.
    And in the process, it gave the Pistons just the incentive they needed to pull away for a 109-101 win.


    ~ Los Angeles Times ~

    Clippers Not Quite There Yet
    L.A.'s aspirations of joining the NBA elite get a reality check in a 109-101 home loss to the Pistons, the league's best at 15-2.
    By Jason Reid

    Elite status in the NBA is difficult to achieve, and the Detroit Pistons have been among the game's best for a while.

    The Clippers strive to join the club and say they're moving closer toward the door, but it appeared they still weren't ready to enter Sunday night after a 109-101 loss to the Pistons at Staples Center.

    Detroit (15-2) committed only four turnovers, the fewest in the NBA this season, never trailed and led by as many as 16 points early in the third quarter. And Piston reserves outscored their Clipper counterparts, 29-16, in the team's sixth consecutive victory, including five on the road.


    ~ LA Daily News ~

    Pistons give L.A. dose of reality
    By Joe Stephens

    Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy dubbed his squad "a good basketball team" and called the Detroit Pistons "an elite team" before they met on Sunday night.

    The Pistons showed there is a world of difference between being elite and merely good by ending the Clippers' four-game winning streak with a 109-101 victory before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.

    The closest that the Clippers got in the second half was trailing by eight points with 5:59 left. That's when Dunleavy and the Clippers employed their "Hack-a-Wallace" defense, sending Ben Wallace to the free-throw line in an attempt to stop the clock.

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