October/November 2005 Pistons Articles

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  1. Zoso

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    October 13th articles

    The Detroit news -

    Saunders prefers aggressive offense
    Unlike his predecessor, coach doesn't mind if his players break off set plays and attack the basket.

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/13/D03-347021.htm

    Saunders searches for the right team mix
    His challenge is to find meaningful minutes to develop young players Milicic, Delfino, Arroyo.

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/13/D01-347386.htm

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Evans feeling wanted, ready to help with Pistons
    The Pistons had just finished a two-hour practice on Wednesday afternoon when swingman Maurice Evans jogged to the ball rack, grabbed the first basketball he saw, found an empty basket on the side of the court and started practicing his jump shot.

    http://www.freep.com/sports/pistons/pistons13e_20051013.htm

    The Oakland press -

    Veteran Day seeking spot
    Former star at Arkansas has been impressive in practices

    http://theoaklandpress.com/stories/101305/spo_2005101310.shtml

    A. Sherrod Blakely -

    Day in camp to give other teams a chance to see what he has left
    Imagine an old-school rocker trying to jump-start his career by joining Green Day, the Black Eyed Peas or some other established, highly successful pop group. Or how about a retired cop trying to enlist with the Secret Service or the FBI.
    All are possible, but unlikely to happen. The same can be said for Todd Day's chances of making the Detroit Pistons roster, which was reduced by one on Wednesday when the Pistons requested waivers on shooting guard Alejandro Sanchez.

    http://www.mlive.com/pistons/stories/index.ssf?/base/sports-1/1129198223183450.xml&coll=1
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    • More open shots through the offense, high assist ratio, high field goal pct...sounds good to me!
    • Really like what I'm hearing about the confidence Flip has instilled in our younger players. Can't wait to hear about how they perform tonight.
    • Good luck to Todd Day
    • PRballer, looks like your boy Alejandro Sanchez was the first casualty to the waiver wire. Is this it for him in the pros or do you think he will catch on with another team?
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    That's a great article.
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    Alejandro "Bimbo" Carmona

    I don't know where the "Sanchez" last name came from.LOL. I really wasn't expecting him to make the team, since the needs of this team are another backup PG and not a SG or a SF. He knew coming in that his chances were slim to none but he said he valued the experience. I read on the PR newspaper that he's talking to his agent to go to another pro league in Europe, South America or somewhere else. I think he doesn't have a chance this year in the NBA(it's too late) but if he develops a consistent outside shot he'll make it in the near future. I'm sure he'll be on the piston's radar for a while.
  5. Zoso

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    October 14th articles

    The Detroit news -

    Wallace a mismatch for top pick Bogut
    Ben's physical style overwhelms the Bucks rookie, who misses four shots in exhibition loss.

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/14/D06-348611.htm

    Traffic violations surprise Milicic
    Piston didn't know his license was suspended and tinted windows on the front glass is illegal.

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/14/D01-348279.htm

    Detroit Free Press -

    PISTONS 95, BUCKS 88: Darko arrested; Pistons top Bucks
    One step forward, one step back. Then another step forward.
    On Tuesday, Detroit Pistons center Darko Milicic played well enough in the exhibition season opener to give hope he might not be a bust.
    On Wednesday, he was a 20-year-old -- just one who forgot to pay some traffic tickets and was arrested for driving with a suspended license.
    Then, Thursday, all was well again, as he faced the media and then stepped under the lights and performed in an exhibition season game against the Milwaukee Bucks.

    http://www.freep.com/sports/pistons/pistons14e_20051014.htm

    A. Sherrod Blakely -

    Bell plans on making most of another shot at NBA
    Reputations, good or bad, are hard to shake from the minds of NBA general managers. Charlie Bell knows this all too well.
    An exceptional athlete who could score, the 6-foot-3 Bell was considered too short by most NBA GMs to be an NBA shooting guard and not a good enough ball-handler to play the point.

    http://www.mlive.com/pistons/stories/index.ssf?/base/sports-1/1129284617303060.xml&coll=1

    Milicic will learn from mistakes after suspension of license
    Darko Milicic said he didn't realize until he was pulled over by a police officer Wednesday afternoon that his driver's license was suspended.
    "They said I didn't pay some tickets," said Milicic, who had 10 points and nine rebounds in the Detroit Pistons' 95-88 preseason victory against Milwaukee on Thursday. "I was supposed to take care of them, and I thought I did. Obviously, I didn't. I will take care of them as soon as I can."

    http://www.mlive.com/pistons/stories/index.ssf?/base/sports-1/1129284627303060.xml&coll=1
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    "I saw they were trying to go at Ben a couple of times and I was like, 'Wow, good luck,'"said Chauncey Billups, who led the Pistons with 16 points.

    Man, it's great to have Ben on our side. :)
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    October 15th

    The Free Press -

    Daddy Delfino's son back on track
    by Krista Latham

    Every day, when Pistons practice ends, a man who looks suspiciously like Carlos Delfino -- same hair, same shape, slightly bigger build -- shags rebounds and doles out pointers for his look-alike.
    And Delfino listens.
    That's because Carlos Delfino V, the second-year Pistons swingman, knows Carlos Delfino IV, his father, knows best.

    http://www.freep.com/sports/pistons/pistons15e_20051015.htm


    The Oakland press -

    Saunders: Pistons' zone defense will show up eventualually
    By DANA GAURUDER

    It's going to take time for the Pistons to get in the zone. Anyone who has watched the Pistons' first two preseason games might wonder about Flip Saunders' infl uence on the team's defense. The zone that Saunders used in Minnesota has been virtually undetectable.

    http://theoaklandpress.com/stories/101505/spo_2005101512.shtml

    Booth Newspapers -

    Dupree improved, but still longshot to make Pistons roster
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS -- Ronald Dupree is a better shooter now, which he proved on Friday when he banked in a shot from half court that ended the Detroit Piston's practice early. His ball-handling, always suspect, has improved as well. He's a year older, a year wiser and with a new coach around, he's rediscovered his confidence as well.

    http://www.mlive.com/pistons/stories/index.ssf?/base/sports-1/1129315202114990.xml&coll=1
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    October 16th

    The Detroit news -

    Pistons, Prince aren't near deal
    Forward's agent leaves town as sides attempt to reach agreement before Oct. 31 deadline.
    By Chris McCoskey

    Negotiations on a contract extension for Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince aren't quite at an impasse, but it wasn't a good sign that agent Bill Duffy left for California Saturday morning without a deal in place.

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/16/C03-350279.htm

    Booth Newspapers -

    Pistons, Prince still apart on extension
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    The Detroit Pistons know Tayshaun Prince is a valuable member of their team. Figuring out how much he's worth, that's another matter entirely.
    Prince and the Pistons are apparently at an impasse in their talks concerning a contract extension.

    http://www.mlive.com/pistons/stories/index.ssf?/base/sports-1/1129408801122860.xml&coll=1
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    I was glad to see that McCoskey's article finally "unveiled" the mask mystery. Rip needs to put that thing back on and quit taking uneccessary risks. :nono:
  11. mercury

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    One of every 10 plays we might use a zone?... dang that's a lot more than was expected.

    Zoso, great job keeping us informed... much appreciated
    Pistonsforum = one stop :thumb:
  12. Zoso

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    Merc

    ;)
    Thanks for the kind words and appreciation, Merc. Sure thing man, you know how we do. ;)

    Also, great job from you and your fellow Cal ADmin's on the game threads. You guys are doing great work. Things are really shaping up around here. I totally agree on the "one stop shop" tip. It really helps to save time on the old surf board. :nod:
  13. mercury

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    Found this "Outsider" Report on a mesage board
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Five observations from Pistons camp:

    1. Not-So-Dark Days: Darko Milicic, blocking shots?



    Darko should see more minutes and less time posting up.
    Darko Milicic, scoring points in crunch time?

    Darko Milicic, actually calling for the ball?

    The Pistons have seen all of the above from the 2003 No. 2 overall pick in the first two weeks of the season. After two years of inactivity (and worse) under Larry Brown, Darko is finally getting a chance to contribute from Flip Saunders.

    'Darko's looking really good,' teammate Chauncey Billups said. 'I'm proud of him.'

    No one in Detroit, mind you, is getting too carried away. Milicic remains No. 4 in the Pistons' power rotation behind Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess.

    However …

    Saunders has Darko facing the basket and playing out on the floor more, whereas Brown saw the long lefty as a post prospect only. The difference is noticeable already.


    'His greatest asset is his feet -- he's got great quickness and athletic ability for a guy his size,' Saunders said. 'Why take a guy that has speed like that and just put him down there [in the post] where he can't use it? I look at it like boxing -- don't take a guy that's a boxer and try to make him a puncher. We want to try to make other people guard him.

    Statistically Speaking
    Check out how ######### rates the Pistons' roster.


    'I was not anywhere close to aware of how talented Darko is. I had no idea that he could do a lot of things he can do. That's probably been my biggest surprise so far.'

    Said Billups: 'He's able to be himself now. He's able to be who he is. He's not a five. He's a four man who can put it on the ground, who's a great passer, who can shoot that shot and make decisions out there.'

    In short, Milicic looks a lot more confident now than he did in the Vegas summer league against lesser competition. It appears that his Vegas experience was just the first step in rebuilding his beaten-down confidence, with progress made later in the summer as a member of the mostly nightmarish Serbian national team.

    Now?

    Milicic is carrying himself as though he deserves a nightly ration of 10-15 minutes off the bench, which sounds modest but would represent significant progress on a team with a frontcourt rotation as deep as Detroit's. He just might get it, too.

    'I feel much better,' Milicic said. 'I feel very comfortable with Flip. He saw I'm a better player facing the basket. I think that's what my game is.'



    The Pistons have more muscle in rookie Jason Maxiell.
    2. Next in line: I liked Jason Maxiell when I saw him overpower NBA wannabes in summer league. I liked him even more at practice earlier this week when I saw the 6-foot-5 bruiser (listed charitably at 6-7) take the ball right at Rasheed Wallace and any other veteran in his way.

    Maxiell's problem, of course, is not like unlike Darko's original problem in Detroit: He was drafted by maybe the last team that has minutes to spare at the power positions.

    But some guys just have a rebounding nose for the ball that can't be taught and Maxiell is one of those guys. It might not be soon and it might not be with the Pistons, but the No. 26 overall pick last June will be a decent player for someone someday.

    3. Youth movement: Then again, maybe Maxiell's breakthrough will be in Detroit.

    One of the rarely mentioned reasons why the Pistons had to make a coaching change is the promising posse of prospects club president Joe Dumars has managed to assemble while the veterans are competing for championships.

    Brown had no patience to develop Darko and Carlos Delfino. Saunders will make those two and Maxiell part of the program, which isn't a bad idea with three of the five starters (plus top reserve Antonio McDyess) having already played between nine and 11 years in the league.

    The Pistons' staying power can only be enhanced if the kiddies Dumars was fortunate enough to find become NBA players … or at least NBA trade assets.

    4. More zip for Rip? They've played only two exhibition games and they're still learning the basics of Saunders' famously thick playbook. The Pistons have a lot to digest before they can claim to 'know' the offense.

    Yet for all the attention Billups and Saunders are getting, back together some three seasons after Billups left Minnesota, I'm just as curious to see what Richard Hamilton can do in a system that promises more screens and increased player and ball movement.

    Shouldn't that eventually make Hamilton even more effective?

    'I can see it,' Hamilton said. 'I can see it. I've seen it since the first day of practice.'

    We haven't seen it yet in exhibition play, but, again, it's early.

    5. Defense never rests here: The Pistons don't deny that they have much to prove with an under-the-microscope new coach and little they can do before April that proves anything. As Lindsey Hunter said, 'Championships are what we're judged on now.'

    One request, though.

    Don't give any credence to suggestions that Detroit's defense is going to drop off now that Brown is in New York.

    Saunders is indeed known as an offensive specialist, but let's face it: He couldn't stop the Pistons from playing defense if he wanted to.

    Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince would play killer defense for any coach.

    Wouldn't they?

    'Their defensive personality is very well-established,' Saunders said, 'and they've established it themselves.'
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    Tayshaun said either his highschool, or college coach (I don't remember which one) would not give the players any basketballs to practice with until they played defense correctly for an hour straight. I don't know how someone can lose their defense getting taught that way.

    Nice post.
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    October 17th

    The Detroit news -

    Transition game: Pistons won't rush teen Johnson
    Team keeps 18-year-old away from minor-league affiliate so it can gauge him on and off the court.
    By Chris McCoskey

    When the NBA established its minor-league affiliation with the National Basketball Developmental League this summer, it did so with players such as Pistons forward Amir Johnson in mind.

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/17/D04-350942.htm

    Dupree makes strong case to stay
    Guard, who is playing for backup spot, scores 13 points in exhibition victory over Minnesota.
    By Chris McCoskey

    AUBURN HILLS-- Ronald Dupree isn't one to send messages, at least not with his mouth. But his game continues to speak loud and clear to the Pistons' coaching staff, to president Joe Dumars and to anybody else who might be watching.

    "Hey, I'm here," Dupree said, after he energized the Pistons with 13 points, seven rebounds and two assists in a 91-80 exhibition victory over Minnesota on Sunday night. "I've been here and I will continue to be here."

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/17/D04-350945.htm

    Chris McCosky: Burning Questions

    Retooled Heat won't win East
    They add Walker, Williams and Payton, but Pistons have edge in stability, chemistry.

    Q. Do you think Miami has done enough to overtake the Pistons in the East?
    A: Nope, and I am surprised that so many "experts" think they have. I guess I will never understand people's infatuation with change.

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/17/D04-350944.htm

    Basketball 101: Defensive three seconds
    by Chris McCoskey

    The NBA's defensive three-second rule continues, at times, to baffle fans, players, and, to hear coaches tell it, officials, as well.
    "Referees can't count on both hands," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "So what happens is, when they start calling defensive three seconds, they stop calling offensive three seconds."

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/17/D04-350943.htm

    Detroit Free Press -

    ROUNDUP: Collier's death shocks Pistons

    Bad news travels fast, and before the Detroit Pistons practiced mid-Saturday morning, it had sped from Atlanta to Auburn Hills and landed with a heartbreaking thud.

    One of their NBA brothers was dead.

    http://www.freep.com/sports/pistons/nba17e_20051017.htm

    Pistons hold off Wolves: Flip's squad rallies to top his old team
    BY KRISTA LATHAM

    Flip Saunders shrugged off this reunion, claiming it doesn't mean much in the exhibition season. Even so, he must be happy about this: New team 1, old team 0.

    Saunders, the Pistons' first-year head coach, faced the Minnesota Timberwolves -- the team he led for 10 seasons -- for the first time since being fired in February. And although it's clear his new team is still adjusting to his flex offense, the Pistons managed a 91-80 win Sunday.

    http://www.freep.com/sports/pistons/pistons17e_20051017.htm

    Booth Newspapers -

    Saunders' new team tops his old one
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    AUBURN HILLS -- It wasn't exactly the Hatfields meeting the McCoys, but the reunion between Flip Saunders and one of his best friends, Kevin McHale - who, by the way, fired Saunders as the Minnesota Timberwolves head coach in February -- was anything but a feel-good moment

    http://www.mlive.com/pistons/stories/index.ssf?/base/sports-1/112954385143290.xml&coll=1
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    • Very disturbing that we could lose Tay. Sounds like his agent is really in his ear. I know money is important but I hope Tay realizes that playing on a championship quality team comes at a price as well. Do you want to be a "well" played player on a championship team or an "overpaid" player on a questionable team? That's really the decision he needs to make. If he walks off contending that he should be the highest paid Pistons that is a slap in the face to the team that drafted him in my opinion. Crippling the team for the sake of adding a couple millions to your contract so you can say....my contract is on par with Joe Johnson...isn't going to cut it for us. Tay please stay, but if you don't well...to hell with you. :)
    • Rip...put on the &*%$$! mask! jeesh!
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    Oct 17 News - thoughts

    • I've yet to hear any team be excited about what the NBDL has to offer. I wonder what the league is going to do to make this more attractive for NBA teams to send their talent.
    • Dupree! Dupree! Dupree! Joe, keep this man!
    • Miami Heat will do fine and it has nothing to do with their trades and everything to do with Dwayne Wade evolving into an all-star. Still not enough to beat the Pistons but they will challenge us. I have no doubt in my mind that they will be ready to play this year. My only question is if Stan Van Gundy will last the entire season.
    • So far, it doesn't look like the Zone has negatively affected our defensive effectiveness. Only time will reveal how well this works out for our team.
    • RIP Collier
    • Detroit vs Minnesota - Was there any doubt about the outcome?
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    October 18th

    The Detroit news -

    Prince slowed by sore legs
    A change of shoes, physical treatment should help forward return to form.
    By Chris McCoskey

    Tayshaun Prince got married in the middle of September, spent a couple of weeks honeymooning with his bride, Farah, in Tahiti. Then, before he could get to unwrapping all the wedding gifts, he had to report to training camp.

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/18/D05-352478.htm

    Minimum dress code will be business casual
    There will be no more dress-down days in the NBA.

    The league announced in a memo to teams on Monday that a minimum dress code will go into effect at the start of the regular season on Nov. 1.

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/18/D05-352477.htm

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Newlywed Prince troubled by knees
    BY KRISTA LATHAM

    If Tayshaun Prince looks a little distracted this exhibition season, he has a good reason.
    Make that several good reasons.

    http://www.freep.com/sports/pistons/pistons18e_20051018.htm

    Booth Newspapers -

    Davis biding his time
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    When you've been in the NBA for as long as Dale Davis has, sitting out a few preseason games is no big deal.
    "I'm not in a hurry," chuckled Davis after practice on Monday.

    http://www.mlive.com/pistons/stories/index.ssf?/base/sports-1/112963020982320.xml&coll=1
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    The Detroit news -

    Mavs' late run trips Pistons
    Saunders likes what he sees from younger players
    By David Goricki

    Chauncey Billups was pleased with the Pistons' effort Tuesday night despite their first exhibition loss of the season, 94-88 to the Dallas Mavericks at The Palace.
    The Mavericks (3-1) dominated the early minutes of the fourth quarter, using a 13-1 run to turn a 67-66 deficit into their largest lead, 79-68. They led the rest of the way.

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/19/D01-354179.htm

    Pistons must keep Prince, but don't worry, they will
    By Rob Parker

    You won't hear any noise out of Tayshaun Prince about getting a new contract. It's simply not his style.
    He's a quiet man, so much so that sometimes you might even forget he's a key member of the championship-level Pistons. And it isn't because he doesn't contribute. It's because he does his job in a workmanlike fashion, without pomp and circumstance.

    http://www.detnews.com/2005/pistons/0510/19/D01-354178.htm

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Pistons lose first game; bench impresses
    BY CHRIS SILVA

    Pistons coach Flip Saunders got what he was looking for at the Palace.

    Dicey situations. A close game. A loud crowd. And a chance to see how his reserves would play down the stretch.
    It wasn't perfect, but the bench players showed they could hang with the game on the line.

    http://www.freep.com/sports/pistons/pistons-bar119e_20051019.htm

    New dress code suits few
    Pistons critical of Stern ruling that begins Nov. 1
    BY CHRIS SILVA

    Leave the bling at home.
    Take off those headphones.
    And, for the last time, take off that cap.

    That was the message the NBA sent to its players Monday when it officially adopted a dress code that will go into effect Nov. 1, the start of the regular season.

    http://www.freep.com/sports/pistons/pistons19e_20051019.htm

    The Oakland press -

    Davis impressed by Detroit's bigs
    By DANA GAURUDER

    Dale Davis has never seen anything like it at training camp.
    Joining the NBA in 1991, Davis played on many talented frontcourts during his seasons with Indiana. The Davises - Dale and Antonio - and 7-foot-4 Rik Smits presented matchup headaches for opponents throughout the 1990s.

    http://theoaklandpress.com/stories/101805/spo_2005101812.shtml

    Mavs hang on to top Pistons
    By DANA GAURUDER

    Carlos Delfino hit the floor. A splitsecond later, Darko Milicic followed.
    Neither came up with the loose ball, but the message was clear. Some people really do care about winning in the preseason.

    http://theoaklandpress.com/stories/101905/spo_2005101910.shtml

    Booth Newspapers -

    Young players get a taste of crunch time in NBA
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Detroit Pistons coach Flip Saunders has many goals during the preseason. Among them is to see how his younger players respond in different game situations.
    Saunders didn't get the outcome he wanted in Detroit's 94-88 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, but he was pleased with how his young players performed in a tight game against a quality opponent

    http://www.mlive.com/pistons/stories/index.ssf?/base/sports-1/1129716616181020.xml&coll=1
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    October 20th

    The Detroit news -

    Pistons weigh roster choices
    Acker, Dupree make decision difficult, but Dumars wants to keep everybody if he can.
    By Chris McCosky

    There are 12 days left before Pistons president Joe Dumars has to submit his 15-man roster to the NBA.
    There are 16 players fighting for those 15 spots, and Dumars has all but given up on the idea of somebody cutting himself.

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Bucks roll over flat Pistons
    BY KRISTA LATHAM

    GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Energy supplies always dip toward empty on the second night of a back-to-back.
    But when that game comes in the exhibition season and takes place in Green Bay, Wis. -- a place known for foam cheese heads, not basketball enthusiasts -- well, forget about it.
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