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  1. mercury

    mercury Bench Warmer

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    Finally the boys will be front and center again.
    Today is media day, so we'll have several news stories to gleen.

    If you see a decent story feel free to post it here (careful with subscription articles)

    Here's a couple new pieces:

    From the Oakland press

    From MLIVE
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    roscoe36 All-Star Administrator

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    Thanks for the news updates Merc. Sharp and on the ball as usual.
  3. mercury

    mercury Bench Warmer

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    Picked this piece up on a chat room on the internet... from Fad somebody.

    Now that the never-ending soap opera known as Larry Brown is filming in New York, the difficult task of following a legend falls to Flip Saunders.


    The former Minnesota coach brings a strong résumé from his years in Minnesota. He's well-respected around the league for his knowledge of Xs and Os, particularly zone defenses. Additionally, his more laid-back demeanor makes for a good second act following Brown's constant kvetching.
    But the question remains whether the Pistons can maintain their lofty standards without the spark of genius that Brown provided. His meticulous attention to detail, ability to call plays off the cuff in timeouts and talent for extracting maximum effort from his troops made the Pistons more than the sum of their parts.
    There are two schools of thought on what happens this year. One is that the players, jealous of Brown getting all the credit, redouble their efforts to prove it was them, and not the coach, who carried Detroit to the Finals.
    The other says that the squad will inevitably lose focus and Brown's exacting standards will fall by the wayside under Saunders, much as they did in the 17 games when Brown wasn't on the sideline last season, during which Detroit went 9-8.


    2. Can the starters stay so durable?
    Even if Saunders can match Brown's efforts from a coaching perspective, he needs five players to stay healthy in order for Detroit to contend in the East.
    One of the unheralded keys to the Pistons' consecutive Eastern Conference championships has been their ability to keep the doctor away. The five starters -- Ben Wallace, Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups -- have missed a total of just 30 games over the past two seasons, and six of those came when Big Ben was suspended after the Malice at the Palace.
    OFFSEASON PLAYER MOVEMENTPlayers lost: None Players re-signed: None Players added: Dale Davis, Maurice Evans, Jason Maxiell


    An extended absence by any of the group would be deeply damaging because it would expose the Pistons' Achilles' heel, the bench. While Detroit has made some moves to upgrade that area with the additions of Maurice Evans and Dale Davis, there remains a sizable dropoff in talent from starter to sub. That's particularly true in the backcourt, where Billups and Hamilton are backed up by the likes of Carlos Arroyo and Lindsey Hunter.
    Unfortunately for Saunders, he probably will need to use that second unit more this season, even if his starters stay healthy. After two long, grueling playoff runs, it would be madness to send the starting five out for 40 minutes a night again this season -- they'll have nothing left by May.
    Instead, Saunders has to manage his troops' minutes carefully, even if it means conceding home-court advantage in the latter rounds of the playoffs.


    3. Will Darko get any burn?
    Detroit's bench concerns would be considerably lessened if Darko Milicic, the second overall pick in the 2003 draft, were to come anywhere close to living up to the hype.
    Milicic spent most of his first two seasons as a human victory cigar, used only when the Pistons had put a game safely out of reach. But in his rare opportunities, Milicic was amazingly bad, earning Brown's unending scorn with his 29.8 percent shooting and general lack of focus.
    With a new, calmer coach and two years to learn the ropes, the hope in Detroit is that Darko can provide a quality fourth big man to round out the frontcourt rotation and finally justify the investment of such a high draft choice -- one that could have been used on Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh or Dwyane Wade.
    Milicic provided his employers some cause for optimism at the European Championships. Despite playing for a Serbia-Montenegro team that was so dysfunctional it made Lindsay Lohan's family look like the Brady Bunch, Milicic put up inspiring numbers in limited minutes. His 40-minute averages for the tournament were 18.0 points, 16.2 rebounds and 5.2 blocks. Plus, he shot 62 percent from the floor and made all his free throws. More important, unlike four teammates, he didn't punch anybody in his own locker room.
  4. puertoricanballer

    puertoricanballer First Round Draft Pick

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    Bench

    "In extended absence by any of the group would be deeply damaging because it would expose the Pistons' Achilles' heel, the bench. While Detroit has made some moves to upgrade that area with the additions of Maurice Evans and Dale Davis, there remains a sizable dropoff in talent from starter to sub. That's particularly true in the backcourt, where Billups and Hamilton are backed up by the likes of Carlos Arroyo and Lindsey Hunter.
    Unfortunately for Saunders, he probably will need to use that second unit more this season, even if his starters stay healthy. After two long, grueling playoff runs, it would be madness to send the starting five out for 40 minutes a night again this season -- they'll have nothing left by May.
    Instead, Saunders has to manage his troops' minutes carefully, even if it means conceding home-court advantage in the latter rounds of the playoffs."

    I see the bench coming out for the kill. They didn't play much and people will be pleasantly surprise with our bench. Let's pray...:amen:
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    Darth Tater All-Star Forum Donor 6x Fantasy Champion

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    I think so too :D It seems like at least a couple of those guys will come through for us.

    I just hope we aren't the ones surprised the other way.
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    BillLaimbeer All-Star 4x Fantasy Champion Forum Donor

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    Zone defense

    That Oakland Press article was the first time that I heard Flip say he was going to have the Pistons play a lot of zone defense. Poor communication and slow rotations can allow good shooting teams to take advantage of mediocre zone defenses. Let's hope all of the Pistons buy into Flip's schemes.

    I do like the fact that practicing zone defense will at the very least make the Pistons more prepared to face opponent's zone defenses. Detroit struggled at times the last couple of years against zones.
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    MotownPride Starter 2x Fantasy Champion

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    Interesting. We have the number one defense in the league for two years in a row and Flip finds it apporiate to tinker. uh..ohhhh
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    i suspect zone will be used mostly when the bench is in. carlos delfino and carlos arroyo will thrive in the zone. actually the pistons seem to be built for the zone defense if played correctly. if we put a lineup of acker,tayshaun, maxiell, sheed and darko. we will have one of the longest wingspan lineups in history i'm guessing. imagine that long lineup with thier arms up like you are supposed to have in the zone and they have the quickness to rotate and also cover if someone plays the passing lane and gambles.

    i love how people think our bench is a weakness. people forget carlos arroyo was a starter in utah. he also burned the us team in the olympics. mcdyess could be starting on half of the teams in the league. dale davis gave us trouble last year in the playoffs. darko is the truth. maxiell is a beast and will demand minutes. whoever wins between delfino,dupree and evans will also be solid for us off the bench.
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    rip might also be good in the zone he's long, and quick. as for our bench, they'll be pretty good.
  10. MotownPride

    MotownPride Starter 2x Fantasy Champion

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    you make some good points. I guess we will see.

    Add Detroit to the list of teams that Carlos burned. Before Jerry Sloan gave up on Carlos, he led the Jazz to a lopsided win against us early that season.

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