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    Shootin Blanks..

    Best of the Worst Pistons: Lance Blanks
    Patrick Hayes - It's Just Sports - MLive

    "I had forgotten how bad some of the guys from the 1990s Pistons were. Just a reminder of the criteria: we try and pick players from the last 20 years who had some sort of expectations (high draft pick/high profile free agent signing) or who played significant minutes. Otherwise, we could fill this thing out with names like Scott Hastings, Charles Thomas, Ivano Newbill and other end of the benchers, but what fun would that be? As always, spew your vile hatred for us in the comments.

    Key Stats: Blanks averaged 1.6 points and .5 assists per game in two seasons (81 games) for the Pistons.

    Fun Facts: Blanks averaged nearly 20 points and four assists per game in his last two years of college at the University of Texas. The Pistons used a first round pick on him in 1990, hoping he could develop into a replacement for the aging Isiah Thomas. Blanks was out of the league in three years (two in Detroit, one in Minnesota).

    Best of the Worst Pistons: Lance Blanks - It's Just Sports


    He is currently the assistant GM for the Cleveland Cavaliers."
     
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    Walters Wobbly?

    Welcome to the Bucks Sonny Weems
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    The Bucks acquired Weems along with Walter Sharpe for Malik Allen and his expiring contract.

    Not only does Weems sound like a potential rotation player for this year’s Bucks, but it sounds like yet another guy who can play in an uptempo system. Are we seeing a pattern here? This move could be a bad sign for the Charlie Bell’s and Bruce Bowen’s. We all know Bowen is going to be gone by August 1, but Bell’s name hasn’t come up much in rumors. It may begin to circulate a little more now. Could the Heat rekindle the interest they had a few years ago? Not likely, but I’d look for the Bucks to shop Bell around the rest of the summer. Especially if the Bucks end up matching an offer for Sessions.

    Taking on Walter Sharpe’s guaranteed contract does not give Milwaukee any additional cap room. And that’s all the Bucks are going to get out of Sharpe. Word is that he’s got a torn ACL and won’t be playing basketball any time soon.


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  3. dba

    dba All-Star Moderator 1x Fantasy Champion Forum Donor

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    Charlie Bell would be a nice pickup. Can play the 1 or 2 and even spot minutes at 3. Hard to make the numbers work for a trade though.

    JMax for Bell and Elson works salary wise, but...
     
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    Best of the Worst Pistons: No. 8 Bill Curley

    Mlive - Patrick Hayes

    "Hey, summer's here, there are few sports going on, so why not look at some of the worst athletes to play pro sports in Detroit the last 20 years? We will count down the top 10 for each team, one player a day, all summer long. Check out the completed Tigers, Red Wings and Lions lists. Up now, the Pistons, at No. 8, Bill Curley.

    I had Don Reid in this spot until this morning. Reid was big, hustled and tried hard, but for an affordable second round pick (last pick in the draft, actually) he probably exceeded expectations."

    Best of the Worst Pistons: No. 8 Bill Curley - It's Just Sports
     
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    Rattler yes - bite ?

    Spurs sign veteran Theo Ratliff
    Express News - Mike Monroe

    "Spurs general manager R.C. Buford confirmed Thursday that Theo Ratliff, a 36-year-old center who averaged 3.6 blocks per game in 2003-04, has agreed to terms of a contract for the 2009-10 season.

    “Theo has always been a very good defender and shot-blocker,” Buford said. “Looking to next season, we thought that shot-blocking and rim protection was an important piece we needed to fill.”

    Ratliff last season played 46 games with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 1.9 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 12.6 minutes per game, all of his time coming from the bench.

    Terms of the contract haven't been disclosed, but it is believed to be a one-year deal for the veteran minimum — $1.3065 million for a player with Ratliff's tenure. Such a deal allows the Spurs to be reimbursed for the amount exceeding the minimum salary for a player with two years of experience, $825,497. Only the two-year veteran minimum will count against the team's total payroll for salary cap and luxury tax purposes, an important factor with the Spurs' payroll already exceeding the new luxury tax threshold, $69.9 million.

    The addition of Ratliff gives the Spurs 13 players under contract, seven of them big men: Tim Duncan, Matt Bonner, Ian Mahinmi, recently signed free agents Antonio McDyess, Marcus Haislip and Ratliff; and second-round draft pick DeJuan Blair."

    Spurs sign veteran Theo Ratliff
     
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    roscoe36 All-Star Administrator

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    Ratliff is such a bum.
     
  7. G-man

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    Walter Herman..gone but not forgotten..

    A LoD Original: The Herrmann Files
    Toasterhands - LifeOnDumars

    "With the recent news of Walter Herrmann’s departure to Spain it makes sense now to unveil the Walter Herrmann rhyme I’ve been hoarding all to myself for the last few weeks. My previous rhymes about NBA players can be found here.

    But first, the

    Corny But True Story

    "I’ve always loved my pets and have always loved sports, especially hoops. Me being a lonely only child, I consider the household pets I’ve lived with to be my siblings. My first word was the name of the family dog at the time. It seems like I’ve always had a critter at the foot of my bed to keep my feet warm. I’ve even trained for long distance races with a few of my dogs. I taught one of my cats to walk on a leash (not true). True dog and cat people will understand– the critters can be integral parts of the family if you wish them to be.

    Basketball started becoming important to me right before news from my mom that the household would be welcoming in a new kitten. There was just enough time between when my hoop fandom started kicking in and when we were supposed to pick out a kitten to familiarize myself with a decent amount of NBA player’s names. I really got into the NBA pretty heavily. At least as heavily as a youngster can anyway. And then this idea came to me: start naming new pets after NBA players. I thought my idea was brilliant and cool—basically legendary. I was only 8 at the time.

    Understandably mom didn’t think that my naming idea was brilliant at all. She probably thought I’d want to name the kitten Jordan or Malone or something. But in the end she agreed to let me name it whatever I wanted as long as the name fit. Well, the name I came up with (and it stuck) for the little 12 week old female kitten was Penny, you know, after Anfernee “Penny” Hardaway. Ingenious, right? A couple years later we got a sidekick for Penny. This time it was a male kitten. I named him Murray, after former journeyman Tracy Murray. Bet you haven’t seen that name in awhile."

    A LoD Original: The Herrmann Files | Life On Dumars | A Detroit Pistons Blog
     
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    Iverson's empty hand..

    LVSC adjusts future numbers
    VegasInsider.com - Brian Edwards

    "I used to love the way Allen Iverson played, tenacious and fearless despite his diminutive size, especially during the ’01 season when he won MVP honors and led the 76ers to the NBA Finals. But the Philly days are over and his tired act got old quickly in both Denver and Detroit. The chip on Iverson's shoulder used to work to his benefit, as it seemed to signify determination and a hunger to win. These days Iverson just comes off as a whiner, a malcontent. He’s needy, as in shots and lots of ‘em. He’s high maintenance and can’t stomach coming off the bench even though Richard Hamilton was willing to make that sacrifice. The Answer wants to get paid, too. Those just aren’t attractive qualities for a 34-year-old guard that can still score but is certainly past his prime. And that’s why Iverson isn’t getting much attention on the open market right now. He’s unwilling to play for less money and in a reduced role, which translates to Iverson caring more about cash and shots than winning an NBA championship. There’s speculation that Memphis might ante up the type of cash he is looking to get. That would only be fitting because like Iverson lately, they love to sing the blues down on Beale Street."

    NBA News: LVSC adjusts future numbers - at VegasInsider.com, the leader in Sportsbook and Gaming information - NBA News, Basketball News, NBA Headlines, Basketball Headlines, NBA Top News, Basketball


     
  9. basketbills

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    Theo Ratliff seems like he has been hanging around forever.

    There ain't many left from the 1995 Draft.

    The top 5 are going strong:

    Joe Smith
    McDyess
    Stack
    Sheed
    KG


    And then Ratliff.
     
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    Lights! Camera! Action!

    TGI(YT)F – Courting Disaster
    Pistons Nation

    "This week’s clip is probably not all that obscure since the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” is still in heavy syndication. Still, it’s an absolute classic.

    This is from 1990, season 1, ep. 11 (fitting). Zeke plays his part pretty well, but if you watch the entire episode you’ll know that Coach Smiley puts on a thespian clinic."

    PistonsNationBlog.com » Blog Archive » TGI(YT)F – Courting Disaster
     
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    Ratko Varda - "Mr. Deee'fense"

    Zalgiris lands Varda for two years
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    "Lithuanian champs Zalgiris Kaunas announced on Thursday the addition of big man Ratko Varda (213, 29) for the next two years.

    Varda arrives from ViveMenorca of the Spanish League where last season he played 29 games averaging 8.6 points and 3.8 rebounds. Varda made his debut with Partizan Belgrade in 1998 and in 2001 he crossed the pond to join the Detroit Pistons of the NBA. He was traded to the Washington Wizards and was back to Europe for the 2002-03 season with Union Olimpija Ljubljana taking the national cup. After that he played in Greece (Apollon Patras), Turkey (Besiktas JK), Ukraine (BC Kyiv) and Spain in 2006-07 with Real Madrid, with which he won the Spanish League title and the ULEB Cup."
     
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    Re: Walters Wobbly?

    How in the :tape::tape::tape::tape::tape: did Walter Sharpe tear his ACL??????? :doh:
     
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    Re: Walters Wobbly?

    Very, very justified question: yeah, tell me how permanent sleeper can tear his body parts apart? Nightmares? Moonwalking?
     
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    I still maintain that Ratko Varda could be a starter in NBA.
     
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    Former Piston Theo Ratliff signs with Spurs | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press

    The San Antonio Spurs have signed center Theo Ratliff. Terms of the deal announced today were not disclosed. [​IMG]

    The 6-foot-10 Ratliff spent last season with the Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 1.9 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.02 blocks in 12.6 minutes while appearing in 46 games.

    Ratliff has also played for Detroit, Atlanta, Portland, Boston and Minnesota during 14 NBA seasons. The Pistons drafted him in 1995, and he stayed with the club through the 1997-98 season. He returned for 16 games in 2007-08.

    Ratliff was a second-team selection to two NBA All-Defensive teams (1998-99, 2003-04) and is one of seven players in NBA history to lead the league in blocks in at least three seasons (2000-01, 2002-03 and 2003-04).

    He ranks 18th all-time in blocks (1,902) and is fifth among active players.
     
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    Yet another Delfino interview

    Last Night, Carlos Delfino took part of an Argentinian midnight sports show called “Gol de Medianoche”. Alvaro Perez from the Mediocre Forever Blog did a great job translating the interview and focusing in the subjects related with the Toronto Raptors. After the show a journalist for Basquet Plus did a quick interview about his contract situation with Khimki, his shoulder injury and his desire to leave Russia and come back to the NBA.
    He sounded very disappointed with the way Khimki handled his injury and his contract situation. They also owe him a good part of his salary from last year.
    We all want you to be with the National Team but we know it’s very difficult.
    I want to be there too, but it’s really difficult. Because it’s not something that I can decide, it’s a contract conflict, we’re trying to solve it but it’s not something you can decide by yourself. I’m waiting to see how things work out, maybe some doors that are right closed may finally open. You have to wait and see what happens, keep being optimistic and have patience.
    Odds of you being with the National team from 0 to 100%?
    It’s a 90-10 against.
    Is it because you shoulder injury or just a contractual negotiation?
    Basically it’s because of the contract. About the injury, I’m going to Italy tomorrow by my own to make some tests because the Russians didn’t even tell me where I should go and where I shouldn’t go. So, I’m making it on my own as I already went through the healing process. Then we’ll see what happens with the shoulder, I feel very good. Sometimes it bothers me a little but I’m OK. About the contract, it’s a big problem. Why? Well, let’s face it: Khimki isn’t paying me and the situation doesn’t seem to get fixed. If we workout a buyout I’d be in the same situation as last year: I didn’t have a contract and I couldn’t play with the National Team until I signed with a team. So it’s like going through the process one more time and it’s very disturbing because I can’t do what I want to, I can’t play where I want to.
    What will be your ideal situation in 20 days?
    Hope it doesn’t take 20 days because no one in the National Team would wait 20 more days for a player. Hope that when we’ll finally work something out, the doors of the National Team will still be open. I hope this gets resolved as sooner as possible, like 5-7 days.
    The ideal situation for you would be: agree a buy out from the Khimki leave Russia and join Toronto?
    Yes, Toronto or any other NBA team where I can have good minutes, where I can progress and develop as a player and basically where I can be happy while playing basketball. I’m not returning to play in the NBA with just any team, it has to be a good situation.

    Yet another Delfino interview - Raptors Republic - Raptors Blog ESPN True Hoop
     
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    Dyess & Duncan

    The Spurs are again the Lakers top competition
    Jeff Miller - Lakers 101

    "The Spurs needed another big man to help out versus the Lakers sizein comes Antonio McDyess. They were able to steal him away from the Detroit Pistons. McDyess will most likely start next to Duncan and instantly becomes his best big man side kick since the great David Robinson, despite the fact he’ll be 35 at the start of the season. While McDyess isn’t nearly the high-fly act he once was before all the knee problems, he will certainly provide the Spurs with some bulk to root the Lakers big guys out of the post and keep them off the boards. His 9/8 two years ago and 10/10 last year with the Pistons was very impressive considering he was only getting 30 mpg. The Spurs would be thrilled to see 10 rpg while providing an efficient 18 foot jump shot and solid defense."

    The Spurs Are Again the Lakers Top Competition | Lakers101
     
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    Re: Dyess & Duncan

    I would TOTALLY be a Spurs fan if it wasnt for the fact that Tony parker's wife is in love with me and wont leave from under my desk!!!
     
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    Ratliff hopes quest for ring ends with Spurs

    Ratliff hopes quest for ring ends with Spurs

    By Jeff McDonald - Express-News


    Well-traveled and well-heeled, Ratliff arrives in San Antonio in search of the one significant bauble that has eluded him.
    A championship.
    Ratliff, the 6-foot-10 center who signed a one-year, veteran-minimum deal with the Spurs last week, did so because he believes the team gives him the best chance of putting an exclamation point on his long and winding career.
    “Just to be in a position going into the season where you know you have a chance to be playing in that final game, that's something I haven't had in a long time,” said Ratliff, 36. “That's more important than anything.”
    The Spurs could truthfully sell Ratliff on a title shot after an offseason in which they traded for scoring swingman Richard Jefferson, signed veteran forward Antonio McDyess and drafted All-American big man DeJuan Blair out of Pittsburgh.
     
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    Brown Ground

    Charlotte Bobcats: Larry "Tinker" Brown Is Doing Things His Way
    Frances White - Bleacher Report

    "Larry Brown is the very defintion of a nomad.

    His NBA wanderlust has taken him from L.A. to New York, and somewhere in between he managed to win a title with the Detroit Pistons. Brown inherited a Piston team that took him only two years to get that championship.

    He nearly won a second in his third year, but his former team, the San Antonio Spurs, robbed him of back-to-back titles.

    But the Piston coaching job was not his best, because they were already a top echelon team.

    Brown's biggest accomplishment was guiding the hapless Los Angeles Clippers to the playoffs in consecutive years. As usual, owner Donald Sterling had to meddle, and Brown packed his bags and left."

    Charlotte Bobcats: Larry "Tinker" Brown Is Doing Things His Way | Bleacher Report
     

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