June 2006 Pistons Articles *Frequent Updates*

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  1. roscoe36

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    [The Oakland Press]


    Foresight is key in drafting NBA contracts
    by KEITH LANGLOIS

    The highest-paid Piston for the season that continues without them was Rasheed Wallace at $10.26 million. Go ahead and guess who was second. I'll cure cancer while you tick off the possibilities.

    Ben Wallace? Nope.

    Rip Hamilton? Nuh-uh.

    Chauncey Billups? Nice try.

    Tayshaun Prince isn't just wrong. It's wrong times five.
     
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    [Betus.com]


    NBA: Post-mortem on Pistons isn’t pretty
    by Mark Rothstein

    There is no joy in Motown.


    [Midland Daily News]


    Here's what went wrong with the Pistons
    by Chris Stevens

    It's been over a week since the Detroit Pistons got bounced from the NBA playoffs, but I'm still hearing people talk about what happened to the Motor City boys.

    Here's my take:


    [Detroit Free Press]


    THE OFF-SEASON | THE PISTONS: Mining for hidden gold with the final pick
    by Krista Jahnke

    The Pistons hold only the final pick in the June 28 draft -- that would be No. 60 overall -- but don't think they aren't picking up frequent flier miles trying to find a gem.

    Pistons vice president John Hammond and the entire scouting staff spent much of last week in Orlando, checking out the predraft camp at Disney's Wide World of Sports.
     
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    [Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly]


    Minor leagues expanding, Fort Wayne a potential site
    by DERRICK GINGERY

    Local officials have taken calls recently about bringing professional basketball back to Fort Wayne, as several minor leagues undergo expansions.

    But while nothing serious has emerged, scheduling conflicts may present problems for a team looking to play at Allen County War Memorial Coliseum.

    The tie in? The Pistons franchise was born in Fort Wayne. That is where Fred Zollner's auto parts business was based.


    [The South End]


    Dumars responsible for preventing repeat of Pistons' past
    by A.J. Hakim

    With great power comes great responsibility.

    After a disappointing, lackluster end to an otherwise incredible season, Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars has a responsibility to fans to improve the team and to prevent history from repeating itself.

    It is now as it was during the Bad Boys' reign and championship years of 1989 and 1990. Coach Chuck Daly relied heavily on his core players—Isiah Thomas, Joe Dumars, Dennis Rodman, John Salley, Bill Laimbeer and Vinnie Johnson—and allowed little time for developing young talent to experience on-court, game atmosphere.

    This article is crap. If you're going to publish an opinion, it's obligatory to do some background research, not regurgitate everything other's have written. If you're wondering, the don't re-sign Ben part is what set me off.


    [South Florida : The Business Journal]


    Economic slam-dunk
    Media exposure during NBA Finals is worth millions
    by Jim Freer

    The NBA Finals and surrounding hoopla could generate about $15 million in economic activity and more than $60 million in free national and international publicity for South Florida.

    Those estimates are from sports marketing consultants who expect Miami and Miami Beach to receive Shaq-size shares of those dollars.


    Looks like Detroit *cough* Auburn Hills *cough* loses out on some serious moola. Boo hoo hoo.
     
  4. mercury

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    Some nice finds Roscoe...
    It can be a challange trying to find quality pieces in the summer.
    Sometimes it would be nice to comment on these articles... but I'm sure you don't want to clutter the media threads with commentary...
    What's the recommended procedure for comments?
     
  5. roscoe36

    roscoe36 All-Star Administrator

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    That is #9 on my offseason list.

    Comment here or copy to a new thread in the meantime. Your best judgement is good enough for me.
     
  6. Slippy

    Slippy All-Star Administrator Forum Donor

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    [Mlive.com]


    Full Court Press Weblog:Ben Wallace FA update: Headed west?
    June 12, Fox Sports: 1. Ben Wallace, DET - Big Ben has been a landmark in London, England the 148 years. The NBA's version has been a monument at center in Detroit the past six seasons. He's free to go this summer. and by the sound of it he's going to test the market. The four-time Defensive Player of the Year has said it's not definite he'll be back in Detroit. He's helped the Pistons make it to at least the Eastern Conference finals each of the past four seasons, but is not a lock to return.



     
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]


    Kelvin Cato shows off

    For many Pistons fans, Kelvin Cato was little more than a curiosity stuck on the end of the bench halfway through the season. He played in just eight games for Detroit in the regular season and playoffs combined, totaling all of 49 minutes. With his contract set to expire in just a few weeks, he'll [...]

    It is officially the offseason when we're watching YouTube video of a Cato fluke dunk.



    [Fort Wayne: The News-Sentinel]


    What might have been
    The Fort Wayne Pistons played for the NBA title in 1956
    by Blake Sebring

    Perhaps the greatest comeback in Fort Wayne sports history celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, but it also led to perhaps the city’s greatest sports disappointment.

    In their last great run in Fort Wayne before moving to Detroit in 1957, the Pistons advanced to the NBA Finals for the second consecutive year in 1956, only to fall short once again.

    FW papers coming on strong!


    [Dallas Fort-Worth: Star Telegram]


    5 Michiganians own out-of-state teams
    by LARRY LAGE

    DETROIT - The Carolina Hurricanes are a win away from hoisting the Stanley Cup and making Peter Karmanos Jr. the third Detroit-area owner in four NHL seasons to win a title.

    Karmanos is part of an exclusive club of Michigan businessmen who own professional sports teams in and out of the state.

    Like Karmanos, Ralph Wilson (Buffalo Bills), Rich DeVos (Orlando Magic), Bill Davidson (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Dan Gilbert (Cleveland Cavaliers) didn't allow not-for-sale franchises in their home state to stop them from experiencing the joy and pain of owning a team.

    This was an AP piece that I was too lazy to find a local publisher for. Interesting read on the number of sports franchise owners from Michigan including Bill Davidson but also covering DeVos, Karmanos and Illitch.
     
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    roscoe36 All-Star Administrator

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    [DraftExpress]


    Word on the Street

    The Pistons were reportedly initially hoping to draft Ukrainian big man Kyrylo Fesenko late in the 2nd round, and asked his agent to “hide” him overseas with a 2nd round promise so no one else catches wind of him. Fesenko smartened up, though, and decided to make his way over to the States to work out for NBA teams, which likely nullifies his promise by Detroit.


    JERRY STACKHOUSE LOVEFEST!


    [Dallas Morning News via Charlotte Observer]


    Stackhouse defined by perceptions
    Dallas star says what people think about him has changed
    by RACHEL COHEN

    DALLAS - People see Jerry Stackhouse testifying before Congress to promote diabetes research.

    They hear about him punching a teammate over a card game.

    They listen to him sing the national anthem at American Airlines Center.

    They read how he couldn't share the spotlight with a teammate.

    And they don't know what to think.



    [Rocky Mountain News]


    Going to great depths
    Stackhouse thrives in newfound role as reserve with Dallas
    by Chris Tomasson

    MIAMI - Antoine Walker bristled recently when it was suggested he is a member of the Miami Heat's supporting cast.

    Say that about Jerry Stackhouse's role with the Dallas Mavericks and he considers it a compliment.

    "I don't think it's looked at as a negative thing," Stackhouse said. "It's looked at as a positive."



    [Detroit Free Press]


    Finals worth wait for Stack
    Former Piston relishes role with Mavericks
    by KRISTA JAHNKE

    MIAMI -- A week ago, as the Dallas Mavericks embarked on their first NBA Finals, the man who spent 11 seasons getting there -- with layovers in Philadelphia, Detroit and Washington -- got a message that socked him in the heart.


    [Associated Press via Detroit News]


    Substitute role suits Stackhouse
    Former Piston brings a spark to Mavericks as the sixth man and is two victories from first title.
    by Eric Gay

    MIAMI -- Jerry Stackhouse admits he's still a slasher at heart and a streaky shooter by nature.

    Some habits are tough to break.

    Yet Stackhouse, a former Piston, is far from the player he was early in his career.

    No longer his team's top scorer and not even a starter, Stackhouse also is happier than ever. He's embraced his role as a sixth man and is doing it so well he could soon become an NBA champion for the first time.
     
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    [CollegeHoopsNet]


    Kentucky Basketball: Top 10 All-Time NBA Players

    TWO Pistons!




    [Cincinnati Enquirer]


    Hicks tries to match Max
    Washington tutoring forward
    by BILL KOCH

    Eric Hicks has made no secret of his desire to follow in the footsteps of Jason Maxiell, his friend and former University of Cincinnati teammate.

    After a solid senior season and a strong showing in the NBA prospects camps, Maxiell was selected by the Detroit Pistons in the first round last summer.

    Another tweener power forward from UC. With the move away from post up big men to athletic 7 foot jump shooters, I'm not so sure these guys are overmatched anymore.


    [CBC]


    Former Raptors coach O'Neill returns to McGill to host basketball clinic

    MONTREAL (CP) - Former Toronto Raptors head coach Kevin O'Neill is returning to his alma mater to host a basketball clinic at McGill University on Saturday

    His college nickname was "Mad Dog". Priceless if you know about O'Neill throwing drunken demolition fests in his hotel room while coaching the Raptors.


    [Detroit Free Press]


    Pistons will meet Heat in Puerto Rico

    If only Carlos Arroyo were still a member of the Pistons.

    The NBA announced Wednesday the Pistons will play an exhibition against the Miami Heat in San Juan, Puerto Rico, on Oct. 10. The Pistons traded Arroyo, a native of Puerto Rico, to Orlando in February.

    The event, NBA Puerto Rico 2006, will be the 23rd NBA game played in Latin America since 1992. It's the sixth exhibition season contest held there.

    ja, ja, ja...
     
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    [Detroit Bad Boys]


    Why are we still talking about Larry Brown?

    I've noticed a couple of articles from random media types calling for the Pistons to bring back Larry Brown — MLive's Full-Court Press points out a columnist from the Orlando Sentinel as well as ESPN's Scoop Jackson. I'm not surprised people are suggesting as much (I know a few DBB readers have done so in [...]

    We are still talking about Larry Brown because people outside of the Detroit market, who do not have a co-dependent relationship with Pistons management/ownership realize that despite his massively flawed character and personality issues, Brown is one of the great all-time coaches.


    Are the Pistons thinking about trading up?

    On June 28, the NBA will hold their annual draft. For many NBA fans, that means scouring the internet for mock drafts and reading up on all the top prospects. But for Pistons fans, it means very little.
    The Pistons traded the rights to their first-round pick to the Jazz last season in exchange for [...]

    Nice YouTube video of one of the PGs mentioned in the Draft Express article from yesterday.


    [Need4Sheed]


    NBA Comix

    More Farlane goodness...



    New Detroit Pistons Screensaver

     
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    [The Charlotte Observer]


    Lowe finally can focus solely on the Wolfpack
    by AARON BEARD

    RALEIGH, N.C. - Sidney Lowe spent recent weeks juggling duties as an assistant coach for an NBA playoff team and preparing to take over at North Carolina State.

    That likely means he's well-prepared for the busy months ahead at his alma mater.

    Lowe officially starts at North Carolina State on Monday, about two weeks earlier than expected after completing coursework for his undergraduate degree. His to-do list includes everything from hitting the road for weeks of recruiting, getting ready to take a required test on NCAA regulations and putting his mark on a program that went without a head coach for nearly a month.
     
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    [Hoopsworld]


    Offseason Primer: Detroit Pistons
    By Basketball News Services Team

    Various members of the Basketball News Services team give their opinions on just what the Detroit Pistons need to do in the NBA Draft and in the rest of the offseason to become a better team in 2006-07. Check it out!

    Great read. Recommended. Lots of opinions from outside the Pistons community.

    [Detroit Free Press]


    Pistons' Davis will be part-owner of Cup team

    ATLANTA -- Nextel Cup team owner John Carter of Toccoa, Ga., said Thursday that he plans to take on Pistons backup center Dale Davis and ex-Atlanta Falcons receiver Terance Mathis as partners in his race team.

    I love that diversity in ownership is creeping into Nascar.
     
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    Nice Hoopsworld article. Seems they don't know about that Ukranian center we're trying to hide.
     
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    [Sports-Central]


    NBA on ABC Can't Live Up to Predecessors
    by Bill Hazell

    As we enter early June, surely this would be the perfect time for an NBA Finals preview between two Finals newbies, the Miami Heat and Dallas Mavericks. But I have had something to get off my chest about the way the NBA playoffs have been covered for the past four years.

    Quite frankly (Stephen A. Smith notwithstanding), the game just doesn't look as good on TV anymore. There are a number of reasons for this — some noticeable, others are subtle things that most fans would overlook and roll their eyes if someone mentions this. However, when it comes to analyzing television coverage of a sporting event, I believe there are some subconscious elements at work.

    This article is a little old, but a really good read for the old school. Blaming the way ABC covers the Finals for the resulting ratings drops.


    [Cincinnati Enquirer]


    City Slam puts Levett back in hoops spotlight
    Ex-Bearcat hopes to catch attention of NBA in ESPN event
    by MIKE DYER

    Melvin Levett said it's his chance to get back on the basketball map.

    The former University of Cincinnati standout will compete with 15 other dunkers in the second annual City Slam this weekend in Chicago.

    It's Levett's first significant dunk contest since he finished second in one at the 1999 Final Four in St. Petersburg, Fla., where he dunked over three ball racks.

    Anyone remember Levett?


    [Ledger Dispatch]


    Boost Mobile, NBA standouts empower youth

    AOTG hosted Alonzo Mourning's basketball clinics at Overtown Youth Center where more than 250 boys and girls brushed up on their basketball skills. The 'Ahead of the Game' winner was a young lady named Jasmine Johnson. Johnson not only participated in the basketball clinics but also comes to the Overtown Youth Center on a weekly basis to play sports and do homework. She is truly ahead of the game for not just her basketball skills, but her scholastic ability and overall positive attitude.

    Basically a press release made an article. Rip / Boost MObile / Kids Summer Camp bla blabla.
     
  15. kolay

    kolay First Round Draft Pick

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    so, do we have any news about workouts?? how about big PG only workout on Thursday?
     
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    Generally, if it is out there, LanierFan, Slippy or myself will post it.

    Not to much Pistons news these days... :( :ohwell:
     
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    kolay First Round Draft Pick

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    I know, roscoe, you guys do great job here. I just complain there is no news about workouts, and how about the 40th pick, does Seattle really sale that?
     
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    There is no certainty that Seattle will sell the pick. For now, that is only a rumor.

    This is a time when there is not much news, but plenty of lies -- teams want to hide who they are drafting, agents want everyone to think their players will be drafted. Very little happens until the Finals end. After that there will be more news.
     
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    [Detroit Free Press]

    Open house for point guard prospects
    President of basketball operations Joe Dumars said it was a good workout all around. But don't read too much into the fact the group included only point guards. This week, small forwards and power forwards will come to Auburn Hills.

    "We're bringing in guys from all positions and taking a look at the best players we think will be available at 60," Dumars said.

    There's also a chance that the Pistons could try to move up, if they believe there's someone they can get earlier in the second round. According to a Web site report, the Seattle SuperSonics are accepting bids for their pick at No. 40 overall.
     
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    [Chicago Sun-Times]

    A low-post mortem for NBA big men
    BY JOHN JACKSON

    Word out of Detroit is the Pistons re-signing free agent Ben Wallace to a maximum contract isn't the lock it seemed just a few weeks ago. It seems Wallace's act during the playoffs -- essentially blaming coach Flip Saunders for not focusing on defense enough in practice -- rubbed some in the organization the wrong way. Wallace, 32, could be available for any team looking to make a big-time offer.

    Interesting article on the changes in the NBA, the above snippet is from the notes at the bottom of the article. Take it for what it is worth...


    [shameless self promotion] Second part of the Pistons salary article goes up tomorrow and as soon as Wednesday, dba will be offering his post-season stats analysis of the Pistons[/shameless self promotion]
     

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