October/November 2005 Pistons Articles

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  1. Zoso

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    November 8th (cont.)

    The Sacramento Bee -

    Ripping up the NBA
    Rip Hamilton is making a living, and keeping the Pistons winning, with the lost art of the mid-range jump shot
    By Joe Davidson

    Richard Hamilton goes by "Rip," a nickname passed down from his parents.

    His father, also Richard, was given the moniker as a baby, for his ability to "rip" out of his diapers.

    The tag still fits, only junior - all grown up and starring with the Detroit Pistons - tears NBA teams apart with an array of old-school offensive fundamentals. He is textbook proof that there's still room for movers and shooters and mid-range gunners in a league that highlights finishers and dunkers.
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    Sure thing guys. You know how we do. ;) :P
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    November 9th

    The Detroit news -

    Hamilton thrives in new scheme
    Saunders' system stresses more movement on offense, which creates easier baskets for guard.
    By Chris McCosky

    Richard Hamilton, don't forget, has always been able to score. It didn't matter if he was playing pick-up ball in Coatesville, Pa., or executing the offensive systems of Jim Calhoun, Doug Collins, Rick Carlisle or Larry Brown, Hamilton always found a way to get his points.

    It is safe to say, though, that those points didn't always come as easily as they have in his first three games in Flip Saunders' system

    Cheap shots motivate Pistons
    Before rout, negative images of Detroit are shown at ARCO Arena during introductions.
    By Chris McCosky

    Rasheed Wallace offered up this little bit of advice to the Sacramento Kings organization after the Pistons ruined their home opener Tuesday, 102-88.
    "Don't tread on thee," he said.

    Before the game, as the Pistons were being introduced, the Kings ran a series of extremely negative images of Detroit on the giant overhead scoreboard screen. One image after another, abandoned and dilapidated buildings, burned out cars, desolate and garbage-strewn streets, on and on until the introductions were complete.

    The Detroit Free Press -

    ROOKIE DIARY: Alex Acker
    Alex Acker, the 60th overall pick in the draft, won the final spot on the Pistons' roster. The point guard will chronicle his rookie experience in the Free Press, as told to Krista Latham.

    Pistons are insulted by Sacramento
    by Krista Latham

    The Sacramento Kings' marketing staff made their team and fans look like royal snobs before Tuesday night's game.
    As the Pistons were introduced, pictures of burned-out cars, abandoned buildings and empty streets were flashed on ARCO Arena's big screen.

    It didn't go unnoticed.

    Coach Flip Saunders said it made him mad. Assistant coach Don Zierden called it inappropriate. After the game, the players -- many of whom didn't notice the images when they were shown -- were angry when they were told what had happened.

    New offense good fit for Hamilton
    by Krista Latham

    There's Frank's Red Hot Sauce. Then there's Tabasco. And at the top of the oh-my-that's-burning-off-my-tongue-it's-so-hot chart of hot sauces, are those freaky bottles of sauce that come in coffin-shaped boxes with names like "Insanity Sauce."
    consider Richard Hamilton the NBA's version of Insanity Sauce.

    Pistons start season with a change of pace
    by Krista Latham

    STRONG START: The past few years, November has not been the month to catch quality Pistons games. The players sleepwalked early the past two years, starting 16-13. They believed they could make the playoffs despite a slow start.
    They were right, but the 3-0 start this season still was a nice change. And it was important, considering that Tuesday night's game in Sacramento marked the beginning of a stretch of five of six games on the road.

    How Saunders gave Billups the assist of his career: A chance
    by Krista Latham

    The speculation began the moment news spread that Larry Brown was out and Flip Saunders was in as the Pistons' coach.

    Chauncey Billups, the thinking went, will be so happy. He'll be turned loose. Free to shoot 20, 25 times a game. Take as many big shots -- they call him Mr. Big Shot, right? -- as he wants.

    So where is this Chauncey Billups? How does that guy average 13 points, 11 shots and wait, nine assists through the first three games?

    Truth is, that Chauncey Billups is a memory.

    Evans' wish: Beat the Kings
    by Krista Latham

    No player wants a team to not want him back. That's just Human Nature 101.
    But when the Pistons courted swingman Maurice Evans in the summer and the Sacramento Kings decided not to match the offer for the restricted free agent, Evans got over the snub lickety-split fast.

    Expanded rosters cure pain in the ... back
    by Drew Sharp
    It's not exactly the eradication of smallpox, but a medical breakthrough has swept through the NBA -- the abolition of lower back strain as we knew it.
    Back spasms had reached epidemic proportions in recent years -- and amazingly, the ailment was pretty much restricted to the far end of the bench.

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    Prince lights up Stojakovic as Pistons burn Kings
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Tayshaun Prince once again had the mismatch of the night for the Detroit Pistons, and that can only mean one thing ... someone is going to be exposed.

    That "someone" on Tuesday night was Sacramento's Peja Stojakovic, who was lit up in every way imaginable by Prince in a surprisingly easy 102-88 win for Detroit.

    Saunders upset about Kings' pre-game video
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Detroit Pistons coach Flip Saunders was fired up even more than usual, and it had little to do with Tuesday's game against Sacramento being Detroit's toughest challenge of the season.
    Saunders was visibly upset moments before tip-off because of a slew of negative images on the jumbo screen above half court that showed dilapidated buildings and burned out cars that were intended to depict the city of Detroit.
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    November 9th (cont.) What they're saying...

    The Sacramento bee -

    They aren't Kings of this castle
    Detroit defeats Sacramento handily in its Arco opener, leaving the team with more questions about its game.
    By Sam Amick

    The consolation wasn't much of one at all.
    The Detroit Pistons - defending Eastern Conference champions last season, and world champions the one before - do this as a matter of routine.
    They push, pull, fight, scrap, and sometimes score, not to mention rebound, defend and make hoops life a living Hades for any team front and center.

    Kings notes: Kings sorry for Detroit video
    By Joe Davidson

    When images of some depressed areas in Detroit were shown on the overhead video during the Pistons' introductions Tuesday, Detroit assistant coaches cried foul. So did Mike Abdenour, in his 27th season with the Pistons as a trainer, who said it was "inappropriate" and said he will call the NBA office to complain today. Arco Arena video folks said the images weren't meant to offend the Pistons.
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    from acker's diary:

    "My first day in Michigan, it was strange, it was really strange. Not basketball, just driving and making all the U-turns. I guess you gotta pass the light and come back and turn. I miss just knowing my way around. And everything out here looks like a forest. That really freaked the hell out of me."

    LOL that's hilarious
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    where are you reading this?
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    November 10th

    The Detroit news -

    Pistons are wary vs. Suns
    Although fast-breaking has been added to its repertoire, Detroit can't abandon physical style.
    By Chris McCosky

    Usually, when you are discussing a matchup between the Pistons and Suns, you are talking about contrasting styles.
    It's usually the run-and-gun Suns against the rugged, walk-it-up Pistons.
    Not so much this season.

    Kings apologize for bashing city
    After fouling out with Pistons fans, Sacramento owners say they're sorry for anti-Detroit video.
    By Chris McCosky

    The city of Detroit took a hit -- again.
    But this time, someone accepted responsibility.
    Joe and Gavin Maloof, owners of the NBA's Sacramento Kings, purchased full-page ads in both Detroit newspapers to apologize to the Pistons and residents of Detroit for portraying the city in a negative light before Tuesday's basketball game in Sacramento, Calif.

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Flashy Suns will get taste of their own medicine
    by Krista Latham

    Last year, when the Pistons played the Phoenix Suns, the story was flash vs. grit, offense vs. defense.
    Well, the story has changed. The undefeated Pistons have topped 100 points in three of their first four games and still haven't relaxed on the defensive end, allowing only 85 points a game.

    Kings say they're sorry for slamming Detroit's image
    by Krista Latham

    Although the Sacramento Kings apologized Wednesday for displaying negative images of Detroit during pregame introductions, the NBA began an investigation into the incident that could result in fines.

    Before the Pistons beat the Kings, 102-88, Tuesday night at Arco Arena in Sacramento, fans were shown a montage of negative images of Detroit on the scoreboard above center court. They included abandoned buildings, boarded-up houses, burned cars and piles of construction rubble.

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    Saunders credits Pistons' basketball IQ for success
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    As the praise for the Detroit Pistons has gone from that of a leaky faucet to a steady stream of adulation, players are again starting to hear that their success is due in large part to their head coach.

    It was that way when Rick Carlisle helped the Pistons win a pair of Central Division titles in his two seasons in Detroit. It was that way under Larry Brown, who helped the Pistons win the NBA title in 2004 and get back to the Finals last season.

    Now, new coach Flip Saunders is getting credit for the Pistons' play.

    The Arizona Republic -

    Steady lineup gives Pistons comfort
    Veterans have no ego problems
    Jay Dieffenbach

    When first-year Pistons coach Flip Saunders agreed to lead the team, which visits the Suns tonight, he knew he was coming into a good situation. But he expressed surprise at the true "team-first" nature of the starting five.
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    SI.com article

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    Breaking free: Defensive-minded Pistons open up their offense
    by Chris Ballard

    How much does a coach matter?

    That's not an easy question to answer. Sometimes it is a lot, such as when George Karl arrived in Denver last season and the Nuggets suddenly morphed from mediocre to indomitable. Other times, it is not as clear. Certainly, a bad coach can take down an average-to-below-average team quicker than you can say "Tim Floyd." But what happens when a good coach takes over a team that is already good? Or, in the case of Flip Saunders, when he takes over a team that was considered to be very good in large part because of the coaching?
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    Article from Sacramento

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    Kings sorry for video trashing Detroit
    By Joe Davidson

    Kings co-owners Joe and Gavin Maloof apologized Wednesday to the Detroit Pistons and the people of Detroit for showing disparaging video of their city - burned-out cars, dilapidated buildings and garbage-filled streets - before Sacramento's home opener Tuesday night at Arco Arena.

    The images were displayed on large video screens above the court while the Pistons were being introduced before the game.

    "We're sick about it and we're sorry," Joe Maloof said. "It was an unfortunate, stupid idea. We are apologizing to the city, Pistons fans, the mayor, the organization. The whole thing was a big mess."
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    Article out of Phoenix

    The East Valley Tribune -

    Pistons are disaster for foes
    By Jerry Brown

    A warning to the Suns’ game events crew: Step lightly when it comes to jabbing the Detroit Pistons tonight — they are enough of a handful as it is.

    The Sacramento Kings found out the hard way Monday. As the Pistons' starters were being introduced at Arco Arena, the video scoreboard was filled with images of burned-out cars, abandoned buildings and garbage-filled streets.

    The Pistons saw. They seethed. And then they took care of business, improving to a perfect 4-0 with a 102-88 slap-around that left the Kings looking like a disaster area.
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    October 11th

    The Detroit news -

    Pistons grind out a comeback
    Detroit's 5-0 start is team's best since 1988-89.
    By Chris McCosky

    As coach Flip Saunders was addressing the media after the Pistons thrilling, come-from-behind, 111-104 victory over the Suns Thursday, Ben Wallace poked his head into the scrum."
    Make him tell you how nervous he was," Wallace said.
    "I wasn't nervous," Saunders said, laughing.

    No need to be. Down by as many as 11 points in the second half and down by seven with 6:47 left in the game, the Pistons roared back, scoring the final nine points in a game-ending 20-6 run to remain the league's lone unbeaten team.

    Defending Nash is a challenge
    Saunders says key to defending Suns guard is to force him to play some defense.
    By Chris McCosky

    Before the Pistons' shoot-around Thursday morning, coach Flip Saunders was asked how he was going to deal with Suns point guard Steve Nash.
    "Pray," he said, laughing.
    Actually, Saunders said, you prepare to play against Nash pretty much like you would another former, and much larger, league MVP.
    "You know what he is, he's the perimeter version of Shaquille

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Nash or Shaq? It's the same equation
    by Krista Latham

    How's this for a strange player comparison?
    Steve Nash is the new Shaquille O'Neal, at least according to Pistons coach Flip Saunders.
    "You know what (Nash) is?" Saunders said before Thursday night's game against the Phoenix Suns. "He's the perimeter version of Shaquille O'Neal."

    With flare, Pistons rally late
    Go to 5-0 with victory over Suns
    by Krista Latham

    The Pistons' defense, missing for long spans of Thursday night's game against the Suns, returned in the final moments to secure the franchise's best start since the days of the Bad Boys.
    A block by Rasheed Wallace, a stolen pass from Tayshaun Prince and some big shots from Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups gave the Pistons their fifth straight win, a 111-104 thriller over Phoenix.

    How the West can be won
    With Flip, Pistons own an advantage
    by Krista Latham

    When Flip Saunders joined the Pistons after 10 years of coaching in Minnesota, he brought his new team one intangible advantage -- 10 years of studying and coaching against Western Conference teams.

    These days, each NBA team employs multiple scouts to scrutinize the other 29 teams. Hundreds of hours of film are compiled and broken down in player tendencies, key plays and other information that is then relayed to the players in film sessions, scouting reports and at practice.

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    Hamilton takes time to adjust but shoots well late versus Suns
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Richard Hamilton has come out shooting the ball well - and often - in Detroit's first four games.
    But in Thursday's 111-104 win over Phoenix, it took Hamilton much longer to get on track offensively.
    "Sometimes it takes a minute to figure out how a guy is guarding you," Hamilton said.

    Pistons show mental toughness in comeback win over Suns
    By A. Sherrod Blakley

    Flip Saunders will try and teach this Detroit Pistons team many things this season. But on Thursday, it was Saunders who learned a thing or two about just how mentally tough this team can be when faced with adversity in a hostile environment.
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    Behind enemy lines - What they're saying

    The Arizona Republic -

    Late collapse costs Suns again at home
    Paul Coro

    The fans at America West Arena finally had something to cheer about when the final buzzer sounded Thursday. The Suns' problem is their home court was filled with a host of Detroit fans.

    They were thrilled to watch the Suns blow their third double-digit, second-half lead in as many home games. The Suns fell to 0-3 at home and 2-3 overall with a 111-104 loss to Detroit that denied Mike D'Antoni his 100th NBA coaching victory for a second time.

    The East Valley Tribune -

    Suns 0-for-America West after collapse vs. Detroit
    By Jerry Brown

    Just when it appeared the Suns had figured out a way to solve their homecourt blues, another double-digit, second-half lead evaporated Thursday night at America West Arena.

    Of course, the team applying the heat is only the hottest team in the NBA, and no one has found a way to cool them off.
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    http://msn.foxsports.com/nba/story/5072144

    The NBA buzz never stops about the makeover by the Miami Heat and their potential dynasty.

    And those Indiana Pacers are deep, talented and ready to make up for the bizarre circumstances of the past year.

    Yeah, they'll compete for the Eastern Conference crown, too. But doesn't it seem strange that the only team that's been to the NBA Finals in each of the past two seasons only gets mentioned in passing as a contender?
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    I luv this quote from "The Ledger":

    Rasheed Wallace was booed loudly, but the effect was the opposite of what the Suns' fans desired when he came in for the final time. He signaled for the crowd to bring it louder, hit two big shots and played strong defense.

    "I love it," Wallace said. "I love going into the opposing team's house and getting that crowd riled up and going in there and getting that `W.' That's something I've always liked doing ever since I was in high school. You know, ain't nothing changed about me but the weather."
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    Some quotes about Flip's offense from Jim Obrien (ex Philly coach):

    The last four Minnesota Timberwolves teams he coached (for a full season) finished no lower than sixth in field-goal percentage, and two of his teams finished as high as second.

    “As a former coach, I know how difficult Flip's offense is to defend. When you take into consideration that Wallace has yet to hit his stride, nor has Billups, you get the picture. This fast start at the offensive end is no fluke.”
    An example of why Flip’s teams are so hard to defend.

    “When Wallace sets a side pick-and-roll on Chauncey Billups, Rasheed can pop to the 3-point line and knock down that shot with some regularity. If the defenders switch, he can roll to the low post and dominate a smaller player inside. If the teams solve the initial looks, Saunders will set a double-back stagger screen with Hamilton and Prince and free Rasheed up on the other side after Billups reverses the ball.”
    “You might say Wallace is averaging only 10.2 points, where is the innovation? Well, while opponents are worrying about the big fella, Saunders is freeing up everyone else.”
    “At the other end of the court the Pistons are just brutal to try to score against. They have arguably the best interior defender in the league in Ben Wallace, length at the forward spots with Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince and a hard-nosed defender in Billups to control the ball.”
    “Under Brown they became one of the two best defensive teams in the league, right behind the Spurs, playing straight man-to-man. Saunders has used the zone as much as anyone in the league over the years, but will probably find he needs the zone only to cool off a hot hand or to change the tempo.”
    “Sitting on the opposite bench you get a unique perspective on the strengths of your opponents. The Pistons, first and foremost, are just plain tough.”
    “A few times last year, once in the regular season and in Game 4 of the playoffs, my team (the 76ers) had a solid lead late in the game. In both cases Detroit seemingly threw a switch and took their game to a whole different level. It was a level that we could not match, and they caught us and beat us in both games.”
    “This toughness is compounded when players are used to playing together and have won a championship with one another. They are cooperative and unselfish, and this is the same starting five that they will be throwing at their opponents this year.”
    “Talent, toughness and unselfishness, combined with a proven, disciplined plan, is an equation that will surely have the Detroit Pistons fighting for another title.”

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    ESPN article

    Fourth And Goal(s) For Pistons
    By Royce Webb
    ESPN.com

    Last season, the Phoenix Suns won 62 games and went to the Western Conference finals, giving the San Antonio Spurs a tough five-game series.

    Last season, the Detroit Pistons won 54 games and went to the NBA Finals, giving the Spurs a very tough seven-game series.

    How these two teams responded in the summer to their disappointment is one of the stories of the young NBA season so far. It certainly was the story of the game on Thursday night, in Detroit's thrilling 111-104 come-from-behind win in Phoenix to keep the Pistons as the NBA's only undefeated team, at 5-0.
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    Article from Portland

    The Oregonian -

    They're not doing this for drill
    Zach Randolph squares off against Rasheed Wallace, a former teammate, mentor and rival in Blazers practices
    by Jason quake

    When Rasheed Wallace takes to the Rose Garden court tonight with the Detroit Pistons, think Portland in 2002. Think Trail Blazers practice facility, Wallace as a Blazer, in gray sweats, jersey on backward, not really excited about the upcoming practice.

    Then picture this young, roly-poly rookie named Zach Randolph, with his awkward left-handed flip shot, approaching practice as if it's his own Game 7, ready to show that he belongs in the league.
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    November 12th

    The Detroit Free Press -

    Pistons blaze to 6-0
    Billups nets 21 to help nip Portland
    by Krista Latham

    Pistons coach Flip Saunders recognized the land mine hours before his team nearly walked right over it.

    "They're young," Saunders said of the Trail Blazers. "Sometimes young guys don't know any better."

    That wasn't the only potential problem. The Pistons were on the second night of a back-to-back and at the end of a West Coast trip, two factors that often result in long nights.

    Rip adjusts to Suns' defense
    by Krista Latham
    For most of Thursday night, it looked like Phoenix guard Raja Bell had solved the puzzle and figured out how to slow down the Pistons' leading scorer, Richard Hamilton.
    By the end of the third quarter, Hamilton had six points on six shots and had more or less disappeared from the offense. Hamilton solved, right?
    No sirrrr.
    Hamilton surged back in the fourth quarter with 12 points and hit two big shots in the final two minutes, helping secure the Pistons' 111-104 victory.

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    Ben Wallace a viable option in Pistons' offense
    By A. Sherrod Blakely

    Rebound. Block shots. Pass the ball to someone else on offense.
    For most of Ben Wallace's NBA career, that's all opponents expected him to do.

    That changed two years ago when Larry Brown took over as the Detroit Pistons' head coach, replacing Rick Carlisle. To Brown, "playing the right way" meant everyone, including Wallace, would be a part of the offense.

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    Behind enemy lines ~ What they're saying

    The Oregonian -

    Blazers' close loss stirs hope
    Portland leads Detroit for much of the game before coming up short in the fourth quarter
    By Jason Quick

    Maybe it's time for the Trail Blazers to stop thinking about rebuilding. Stop asking for time, patience and understanding. Stop using youth as an excuse.

    Because after another inspiring effort Friday night, the Blazers maybe -- just maybe -- should start thinking about winning. Right now.
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