October/November 2005 Pistons Articles

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  1. Zoso

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    October 21st

    The Detroit news -

    Second unit is making a name
    Newcomer Evans has provided a spark by running, rebounding, defending and scoring.
    By Chris McCosky

    One of the goals for Pistons president Joe Dumars over the summer was to replenish and rejuvenate the bench unit.
    "The one thing that I really want," Dumars said Wednesday, "is for our second group to be an energy unit. That's what we had in our championship run, and that's what I think you are starting to see with this group."

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Pistons get boost from inactive list
    BY KRISTA LATHAM

    The new NBA collective bargaining agreement changed the way coaches will set their active rosters this season, and the change should help a deep team like the Pistons.
    Say good-bye to alleged back spasms, and hello to the inactive list

    Booth Newspapers -

    Johnson taking right approach to learning NBA game
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Most of the Detroit Pistons players head home shortly after practice ends. For 18-year-old rookie Amir Johnson, that's when the fun really begins.
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    Oct. 21 comments

    • I think this year's bench has the potential to exceed the 2004 championship bench...at least offensively
    • Last year we were hurt by the leagues new rules (on defense) this year we will be one of the beneficiaries of the new rules (inactive list) because of our depth.
    • If the media is trying to get fans excited about the potential of Amir...well, its definitely working with me. :)
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    The Detroit Free Press -

    More to Davis than defense
    BY KRISTA LATHAM

    Dale Davis is not the new Elden Campbell.

    Former Pistons center Campbell had one primary job the previous two seasons -- act as the sacrificial Shaq-stopper come playoff time.
    Davis, the new Pistons backup center, will serve his time in the post battling Shaquille O'Neal, the behemoth center who comes to town tonight with his revamped Heat.

    But Davis won't be alone.

    Booth Newspapers -

    Imitation flattering to Hamilton
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    At a recent function for season-ticket holders, Richard Hamilton and most of the Detroit Pistons starters had quite a crowd waiting for their autographs. As Hamilton looked around the room, he noticed his newest teammates, first-year players such as Jason Maxiell, Amir Johnson and Alex Acker, had significantly smaller followings. He recalled how not so long ago, he, too, was a relatively unknown talent new to the NBA
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    I like Evans quote in McCoskey's 10/21 article:

    Evans, whom the PIsons signed to a three-year, $4.5 million contract in August, accepted the compliment graciously but scoffed a bit at the "energy-guy" label.

    "It's not energy in a negative sense," he said. "Some guys say they are energy players, engergy guys, because they can't really do anything but run around and play hard. I don't want that to be the association."
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    Sounds like DD is lettin' it be known, that he's no Darvin Hamm. LOL! :laugh:
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    Detroit news -

    Harper: Starting five aren't great yet
    Assistant and five-time champ says Pistons must play hard consistently to take next step as unit.
    By Chris McCosky

    Ron Harper, a member of five NBA championship teams, was part of a starting five in Chicago that many consider one of the best in NBA history.

    He teamed with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, ex-Piston Dennis Rodman and Luc Longley on that 1995-96 championship team.
    As an assistant coach with the Pistons this season, he gets to work with a starting unit that many believe has been the best in the NBA the last two seasons.

    Heat are new, but don't look improved
    Detroit has its way with Miami, which is getting used to a big offseason makeover.
    By Chris McCosky

    The Pistons weren't making any judgments after their 87-66 exhibition romp past the revamped Miami Heat on Saturday night.
    But they can't help wondering why the Heat felt compelled to make so many changes.

    "With a team like that, I wouldn't have changed nothing," Rasheed Wallace said. "They took us to a Game 7 in that (Eastern) conference finals, I mean why change that team? They had the same heart, the guys knew the system and knew what they were supposed to do. There was no reason to break it up.
    "But I guess management thought differently."

    The Oakland press -

    New-look Heat come to town
    By DANA GAURUDER

    Flip Saunders made it clear Friday he was not happy with the Pistons' last performance. A messy 104-94 loss to Milwaukee on Wednesday led to a practice that demanded proper execution and attention to detail.
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    "Message sent," said Saunders, the Pistons' first-year coach. "Message received."

    Booth Newspapers -

    No more excuses for Arroyo
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    No more excuses.

    Carlos Arroyo wasn't looking for them. But shortly after he was traded from Utah to the Detroit Pistons last January, there were plenty of them.

    Once considered Utah's heir apparent to future Hall of Fame point guard John Stockton, Arroyo's free-styling game clashed with the more controlled, set-offense mentality of Jazz coach Jerry Sloan. That eventually led to Arroyo being demoted to the bench.

    ~Behind enemy lines~

    The Miami Herald - ​

    Heat still seeking a winning identity
    by Israel Gutierrez

    Besides Shaquille O'Neal, who scored 28 points, the Heat shot 13 of 51 from the field and continued to show signs of confusion with the offense.

    The Sun Sentinel -

    Pistons are not firing up Heat
    By Michael Cunningham

    The animosity apparently is missing, along with former Pistons coach Larry Brown and the high stakes of a trip to the NBA Finals.

    So when the Heat visits The Palace of Auburn Hills to play the Pistons tonight, it won't be with any bitter memories from the rough-and-tumble Eastern Conference finals last season.

    Walker starts, stumbles
    By Ira Winderman

    Through failure, the Heat might have succeeded in one respect in Saturday's 87-66 exhibition loss to the Pistons.

    Obliged to give Antoine Walker a shot with the starters, Heat coach Stan Van Gundy got a result that should make it easier to keep the versatile power forward with the second unit.
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    Oct 23 - thoughts

    • Not much needs to be said about Detroit's whipping of Miami. Miami appears to be in trouble this year, but I fully expect for them to turn things around before the regular season starts.
    • Harper's comments on the Pistons starting five are for the most part on the money except for the thought that his Bulls team had one of the best starting fives in history. I think he is giving himself and Luc Longley??? a little bit too much credit. Those Chicago teams were great for really one reason....Michael Jordan. I will give him that the tandem of Jordan, Pippen and Rodman was pretty tough and as talented of a trio that you might ever see on the court together. Detroit's starting five is just that, a collection of interchangeable parts where the absence of one piece still leaves the team competitive.
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    Did you know Flip has the same winning % as LB?
    Now let's see him do it in the playoffs.
    The Flip Side
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    good article but it's amazing no one checks those articles before publishing them. that one is filled with so many spelling and grammatical errors ('dominate' ??), wow.
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    October 24th

    The Detroit news -

    Bench players looking good
    Assertive Darko, Delfino and others are alleviating worries about Pistons' depth.
    By Chris McCosky

    You have to keep reminding yourself that it's still preseason, and that exhibition exploits don't always translate into regular-season success.
    But it is getting harder and harder to contain the excitement over the growth of Darko Milicic and Carlos Delfino and what that might do for what had been the Pistons' weak link -- their bench.

    Brown knew reign in Detroit was over
    In the end, though, both Piston management and the restless coach got what they wanted.
    By Chris McCosky

    Larry Brown won't be coming back to The Palace until Dec. 2, but it's not too early to plant this little seed.
    Don't boo him.
    If you feel the urge, look up at that glorious championship banner hanging in the rafters of The Palace.

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Dupree fights for roster spot
    By Krista Lathem

    As Ronald Dupree spends this week trying to cement his future with the Detroit Pistons, family members, some 1,300 miles away, will continue to work on an even tougher task -- rebuilding their lives.
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    The Detroit News -

    Three days of practice help to fine-tune plays
    Saunders also is using the time to make final evaluations for the last positions on roster.
    By Joanne C. Gerstner

    It's all a matter of interpretation.
    Three days of uninterrupted practice time equals heaven for most NBA coaches.
    For the players...well, let's just say they'd rather play games than be run into the ground by more drills.

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Pistons' theory? Expect gentle 'Sheed
    BY KRISTA LATHAM

    There are plenty of theories about why the Pistons won't win the NBA title this season.
    Perhaps the most perplexing, at least to coach Flip Saunders, is the Rasheed Wallace Theory.

    Booth newspapers -

    Delfino enjoying fresh start this season
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Carlos Delfino had the kind of rookie season a year ago that he would just as soon forget.
    Speaking limited English made communication for the Argentine guard an issue at times. Run-ins with then-Detroit Pistons head coach Larry Brown and a right knee injury that kept him sidelined longer than many expected, didn't help matters.

    USA Today -

    Pistons say Milicic's time is coming
    By David DuPree, USA TODAY

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Darko Milicic hasn't gotten enough playing time during the last two seasons to even earn a varsity letter. But each year, when the NBA trading deadline approaches, Detroit Pistons players parade to Joe Dumars to make sure he doesn't do anything stupid — such as trade the multitalented 7-0 center, who rarely got on court under former coach Larry Brown.

    The Oakland Press -

    Flip thankful for Rasheed's leadership
    By DANA GAURUDER

    Nearly an hour after the Pistons' preseason blowout over Miami on Saturday night, Rasheed Wallace was still attracting a crowd.
    Surrounded by 60-odd fans on that chilly night, he stood in The Palace parking lot, signing autographs and chatting with the people who pay his salary.
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    The Detroit news -

    Dupree not free to call the shots
    He was the last player cut two years ago and could face a similar fight for the final roster spot.
    By Joanne C. Gerstner

    Pistons forward Ronald Dupree has been down this road.
    He is working hard in training camp, doing his best, but his ultimate fate is in the hands of the coaching staff and front office.

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Pistons eager for real thing
    Preseason drags, but it teaches, too
    BY CHRIS SILVA

    It's like waiting for your first kiss or for your favorite musician to release a new album.
    You know it will happen, but you can hardly wait for the day to arrive.

    That's how the Pistons feel about the start to the regular season, which will be a week from today against the Philadelphia 76ers. But first, they have to play two more exhibition games, starting Thursday night at Dallas.

    The Oakland Press -

    Saunders content with camp outing
    By DANA GAURUDER

    The players have been receptive and cooperative. Injuries have been minimal. The main preseason objective has been fulfilled. No one seems to miss his predecessor.

    Flip Saunders could not have mapped out a more productive training camp in his first season as the Detroit Pistons' head coach.

    Booth Newspapers -

    Contract demands will catch up to Pistons
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    At some point, the Detroit Pistons are going to have to pay up.
    For years, they have been acquiring high-end talent for bargain-basement prices.
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    The Detroit news -

    Don't let Acker know his status
    Rookie guard has no desire to hear about his prospects in a fight for the last roster spot.
    By Joanne C. Gerstner

    Rookie guard Alex Acker of the Pistons doesn't want to hear it.
    He doesn't want to know how he's playing in training camp or what his chances are to land the final spot on the Pistons' roster.
    It's shaping up to be a competition between Acker and forward Ronald Dupree.

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Players unwilling to redress dress code
    BY Drew Sharp

    Rosa Parks' death offers a timely reminder of the power of conviction. The idea of one person taking a stand for their beliefs above all else transcends the relative value of the fight itself.

    Can today's athlete comprehend the simple defiance of a seamstress' refusal to sit in the back of a bus in Montgomery, Ala., 50 years ago?

    Today's athlete exists from the back of a limousine.

    Pistons' Acker plays cool on roster hot seat
    BY George Sipple

    The final two games of the exhibition season will be crucial for Pistons point guard Alex Acker, who's in danger of being cut from the regular-season squad.

    Zaret to join Pistons telecast
    BY MIKE BRUDENELL

    Eli Zaret, former host of "The Locker Room," will join George Blaha and Bill Laimbeer in the booth and courtside for Pistons regular-season telecasts this season on WDWB-TV, Channel 20 in Detroit.

    The Oakland press -

    Evans seems a natural fit
    By DANA GAURUDER
    He got spurned on draft night. He got a little taste of the league, then had to improve his game overseas. He earned a spot on another NBA roster, then proved he belonged in the league.

    Booth Newspapers -

    Acker trying to make most of preseason playing time
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    There's a common belief that preseason games have little significance. Don't count Detroit Pistons guard Alex Acker among those who think that way.
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    Spurs interested in Dupree

    R.D. is likely to get snatched up by the Spurs if Joe releases him.

    From My San Antonio:

    "The Spurs don't have immediate plans to add another player, but will monitor who becomes available as other teams make their cuts. Ronald Dupree, an athletic 6-foot-7 swingman the Spurs tried to sign a year ago, is battling for the final roster spot in Detroit."

    The Spurs, coach Gregg Popovich said last week, are "always in the market for a young (small forward) who can defend."
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    wow, now wouldn't that be a cruel irony.
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    Yeah, especially if he took it to Delfino in the finals.

    I just don't see how they can afford to cut Acker at this point... if Arroyo or C.B. gets hurt we would have to look for Tay or Delfino as the primary backup... I'm not sure you want to do that for an extended time.
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    October 28th

    The Detroit news -

    Dumars thinks Prince will sign
    Pistons president says although the deal is not done, he's confident it will be by the deadline.
    By Chris McCosky

    Pistons president Joe Dumars and small forward Tayshaun Prince were checking out of the hotel together a couple of hours before the game here Thursday.
    Dumars looked at his bill, specifically at the long and expensive list of phone calls, and handed it to Prince.
    "I told him, 'You should pay this bill,' " Dumars said, laughing. "I had been on the phone with his agent all day."

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Joe D's decision is not clear cut
    Pistons lose to Mavs as roster trim looms
    by Krista Latham
    This isn't the kind of decision that typically perplexes Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars.
    With D-day for teams to finalize their opening day rosters just a weekend away -- Dumars must cut one player to get to 15 -- the usually decisive Dumars is having trouble figuring out who should go.
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