Today's Piston Pieces 8/5/09

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    Pistons will be tested early
    Vincent Goodwill - Detnews

    "The NBA released its 2009-10 schedule Tuesday afternoon and the new-look Pistons will open in Memphis against Rudy Gay and the Grizzlies. The home opener is two nights later against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

    November will be an early indicator. After playing finalist Orlando twice in four days, the annual western swing isn't far behind, starting in Los Angeles against the champion Lakers Nov. 17. After four games in six nights, the Cavaliers' tandem of MVP LeBron James and Shaquille O'Neal will be waiting at The Palace when they return.

    While the Pistons won't be on the road longer than four straight games, the league didn't do them any favors elsewhere, with 23 sets of back-to-backs. Last year, they had only 16. In January and February, 18 of 27 games will be part of a back-to-back."

    Pistons will be tested early | detnews.com | The Detroit News




    Pistons' schedule released; opener is at Memphis
    James Jahnke - Freep


    "The Pistons begin the season playing nine of their first 14 games on the road and have one six-game home stand, from Jan. 20-31, their longest of the season. The Pistons conclude the season playing five of their last seven games on the road.
    “We’re excited about the 2009-10 schedule and pleased that our fans can enjoy 24 weekend or holiday home games,” Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars said. “Our players and staff are looking forward to training camp in October.”

    The Pistons will make four national appearances on ESPN with games against the 76ers on Dec. 9 (7 p.m.), Cavaliers on March 5 (7 p.m.), Celtics on March 15 (8 p.m.) and Cavaliers on March 21 (8 p.m.). The club’s local television schedule on FS Detroit will be announced later.

    Detroit will play 23 sets of back-to-back games this season, tied with Chicago and Charlotte for most in the league. Eight of the back-to-back sets come on the road, seven begin on the road and conclude at home, six are home-and-away and two sets are all at home. The schedule includes two four-game road trips, the longest stretches of the season."

    Pistons' schedule released; opener is at Memphis | Freep.com | Detroit Free Press




    Pistons hit the road to start 2009-10 season
    Sherrod Blakely - Mlive

    "Although the Pistons do not have as much interest nationally as they did in the past, their games will appear four times on national TV -- all at home -- on ESPN (Philadelphia on Dec. 9, Cleveland on March 5, Boston on March 15 and against the Cavaliers again on March 21)."

    Pistons hit the road to start 2009-10 season - MLive.com





    Ben Gordon Interview (Radio Interview Link at site)
    SportsRadioInterview.com

    On the style of play to be implemented by the Pistons:
    “I know we’re gonna be a very high power offensive team, so we’re gonna definitely get out, and run, and play uptempo, and try and score a lot of points. Just talking to coach Kuester, we’re really gonna have to focus on rebounding the ball well and playing team defense, ’cause right now we’re not a big team on our front line particularly. So, we’re gonna have to focus on really playing team defense and trying to create offense through our defense, but still playing that uptempo style, and kinda getting out on the break and having a good time.”

    Sports Radio Interviews » Blog Archive » Ben Gordon: Sharing Playing Time With Jannero Pargo? Ha!




    Young Legs
    Keith Langlois - True Blue Pistons


    "Joe D splurged on Ben Gordon and believes strongly in the rookie haul he took away on draft night. Among the key areas on which Kuester will be judged this season will be the development of those young players and the integration of the various pieces. And a slow and steady up arrow would be nice, too.

    That didn’t happen a year ago. The Pistons started off strongly – they were 10 games over .500 before the midway point of the season – and then began lurching and sputtering, finishing four games under.

    Along the way, the casualties were some of the young players the Pistons hoped were on their way to becoming part of the core of the next generation. Amir Johnson regressed from a highly promising run as a member of the rotation from the midway point of the 2008-09 season. Curry objected when it was suggested to him that Jason Maxiell also had backslid, pointing out that Maxiell had become a more versatile defender capable of guarding on the perimeter for the first time. But the promising post game Maxiell flashed the prior season was rarely in evidence last year. Arron Afflalo showed well for the most part, but sporadic minutes made it difficult for him to sustain momentum.

    Only Maxiell of the three suvived the summer roster turnover and he’ll be a big piece of the puzzle now that both Rasheed Wallace and Antonio McDyess have moved on. Charlie Villanueva showed over the second half of last season that he’s one of the most promising young frontcourt scorers in the league, and the Pistons need frontcourt scoring. So his role is the most defined of the four big men currently on the roster. After that, Maxiell will be battling for minutes with Kwame Brown, Chris Wilcox and the No. 5 big man still to come, a role for which Ben Wallace has been prominently rumored.
    None of them should suffer from overwork. Especially not if the rookies – and all three of Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers and Jonas Jerebko can also give at least spot minutes at power forward, as well as small forward – prove worthy of modest roles."

    PISTONS: Young Legs





    Into the Fire
    Keith Langlois - True Blue Pistons

    "John Kuester’s debut as an NBA head coach won’t be made any easier by the schedule maker. The Pistons will open the season by playing nine of their first 14 games on the road. After starting with three late-October games against non-playoff teams from last season, nine of the Pistons’ 14 November games will come against playoff teams.


    The Pistons open the 2009-10 season at Memphis on Oct. 28. Their home opener - marking the first Pistons appearances at The Palace for newcomers Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Chris Wilcox and a group of four rookies - will come two nights later against Oklahoma City.
    The schedule features 23 sets of back-to-back games and the home schedule is typically loaded on weekends with nine Friday, five Saturday and nine Sunday dates at The Palace. On the road, the Pistons play 11 Wednesday games and nine more on Tuesday. Overall, 41 Pistons games - half the schedule - will be held on weekend dates."

    PISTONS: Into the Fire





    Fundraiser brings food to families
    Pistons, Christian group partner to help children
    Andy Fitzpatrick - Battle Creek Enquirer

    "Thanks to a partnership between the Christian relief organization Feed the Childrenand the Detroit Pistons, the church was able to hand out about 20,000 pounds of food Tuesday to 400 needy families over the course of three hours.
    "It's unbelievable," the Rev. David Trammell said as he gestured to the line of about a dozen cars along North Clinton Street. "Just look at it."

    The massive supply of food and other items being made available was possible because of the 2009 Pistons Care Telethon. The 17-hour event supported Feed the Children and raised more than $450,000 in pledges for the organization in March."

    More than 25,000 families in Michigan will be fed from that money. The Albion church was selected after Rick Reynolds, the church's outreach director, signed up with Feed the Children.

    "We're glad the Pistons did something like this," she said. "My daughter's on disability and doesn't get anything right now. I can't work anyway and every little bit helps."

    Fundraiser brings food to families | battlecreekenquirer.com | The Enquirer




    Detroit Pistons 2009-10 Schedule
    Matt Watson - Detroit Bad Boys

    "The Cavs lead all teams with 25 appearances on national TV — that’s over 30% of their schedule — but apparently the suits aren’t expecting much excitement in Detroit this year: the Pistons are scheduled to play only four games on ESPN and zero on TNT or ABC. Just for reference, they played 15 on ESPN/ABC/TNT in 2007-08 and 14 in 2008-09."

    Detroit Pistons 2009-10 schedule | Detroit Bad Boys




    Primo Brezec Back in the Association (Video)
    Toasterhands - LifeOnDumars

    "Don’t tell me you don’t remember the large Slovenian forward who ran the court like an injured deer. After all, he did play in 17 games for your Detroit Pistons in the 07/08 season as a result of the Nazr Mohammed to Charlotte mid season trade (also ‘featuring’ Herrmann)."

    Primoz Brezec Back in the Association | Life On Dumars | A Detroit Pistons Blog
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    Ben Gordon: Detroit Pistons will be 'very high power offensive team'
    Mlive - Dave Dial

    "Defense is said to be a major weakness for the current Piston team, but nobody really knows how the players will mesh or what type of defensive schemes new Piston coach John Kuester will implement. Though there are obvious weaknesses with some Piston players, defense is a team concept and players almost never stop opposing players one-on-one in today's NBA. So we will have to wait and see what happens this season."

    Ben Gordon: Detroit Pistons will be 'very high power offensive team' - Full-Court Press
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    Porn Star vs NBA Star
    Sports Grind Entertainment

    "Porn star Valerie Luxe (@ValerieLuxe) has a bet going with Detroit Pistons rookie DaJuan Summers(@dsummers35) on Twitter on who can attract 4,000 followers first. You might not even know who each person is but that does not stop them from having fun on Twitter. According to Luxe she is the “baddest, realest, funniest %%%%% on Twitter”. The prize at hand of course is attention whoring.

    Summers is a NBA basketball player who was recently drafted 35th overall out of Georgetown University by the Detroit Pistons in the June draft and Luxe is, well, is a porn star. Whats really up for grabs? According to Luxe its dinner and “an amazing massage” if he where to pull off the upset but she wants a trip to “a waterpark” if she where to win. Really? Are you kidding me?"

    Porn Star vs NBA Star | Sports Grind Entertainment
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    Five X-Factors For 2008-2009
    Vittorio De Zen's Fast Break

    "When I look at the upcoming NBA season, I see five legitimate title contenders: The Los Angeles Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, San Antonio Spurs, and Boston Celtics. Beyond them, I see a few teams fighting to join that group, including the Portland Trail Blazers, Denver Nuggets, and Utah Jazz. It’s pointless to start making finals predictions now, as numerous things will change for these teams before we even reach the trade deadline. What we can do, however, is look at what factors could have a big impact on how everything plays out for these teams. There are some obvious ones: the health of Andrew Bynum, Kevin Garnett, and Manu Ginobili; how Vince Carter, Ron Artest, and Shaquille O’Neal fit on their new teams; and the play of Rajon Rondo following the vote of non-confidence from the Celtics’ boss, Danny Ainge. What I’m going to do now, though, is look at five people who may surprisingly turn out to be very important between now and the end of next season.

    1) John Kuester: The new coach of the Detroit Pistons will have an impact in more than one city this upcoming season. The man who will usher in a new era of Deeee-troit basketball from the sidelines has left behind a vacancy in Cleveland, where he played a huge role in revamping their once-stagnant offense. It is hard to overstate the overhaul that Cleveland’s offense went through last season – the club jumped from 19th in offensive efficiency to 4th. Yes, the addition of Mo Williams gave the team some much-needed scoring punch, but they would not have become an elite offensive team if they had not advanced past the boring, uninspired isolation plays favoured by coach Mike Brown in previous years. If Cleveland is going to stay at the top of the Eastern Conference standings next season, they are going to have to remain an elite team on the offensive end, even with the loss of their offensive-minded assistant coach. I’m not sure how worried the people of Cleveland are about this, but I’m a neutral observer of the team and I’m scared of the Cavs returning to Brown’s pre-Kuester playbook, simply as an admirer of aesthetically pleasing basketball."

    Five X-Factors For 2008-2009 « Vittorio De Zen's Fast Break
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    Okay, I'm following DuJuan. He's up to 3,176 followers.

    She is at 3,174. What a race!!
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    A look at the Pistons' 2009-2010 schedule

    The NBA released its 09-10 schedule yesterday, offering up news-starved basketball fans a hot topic to endlessly debate for two more months. Predictably, Detroit's 82 game slate features a bulk of the usual suspects (Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Indiana, Toronto, Orlando, etc.). The soft spot? A mid-November road trip against four playoff caliber Western Conference opponents (Lakers, Jazz, Blazers, Suns). This is hardly groundbreaking stuff of course, despite being the equivalent of gold during these slow summer months. The main benefit of the schedule itself will come in late January, when Detroit hosts six straight games at the Palace. If there's a single benefit to all these wacky offseason moves, it's that we got a heck of a lot younger and a ton more athletic. Past Detroit teams faded down the stretch late in the season because they were built around starters playing 35+ minutes. Depth was a problem back then. Right now I don't see it being an issue. Even the backup unit of Will Bynum, Ben Gordon, Austin Daye, Jason Maxiell and Chris Wilcox sounds like the first year roster on an expansion team. So basically, instead of five guys and a sixth man killing themselves night after night like before, we're going to see 10 and 11 players interchangeably. At the very least, young guys will get much needed developmental minutes and the whole fading down the stretch thing will be a thing of the past since there will always be somebody to step up (right?). Eighty-two games remain.

    A look at the Pistons' 2009-2010 schedule
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    Detroit Pistons sign draft pick Austin Daye to two-year contract

    Austin Daye has signed with the Detroit Pistons after impressing the team in the Summer League. Austin Daye was the first-round draft pick for the Detroit Pistons this season, and has agreed to a two-year guaranteed contract. The team holds an option within the contract for the following two seasons that they can choose to pick up at any time.
    Austin Daye was of course a Gonzaga Bulldog, playing two years for Gonzaga before declaring for the NBA Draft. Now he will get his chance in the NBA after signing his first guaranteed contract. As a college stand-out, Austin Daye averaged 12.7 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game in his sophomore year, and now the lanky 6-10 Forward will get his shot.
    Austin Daye is expected to come off the bench to spell starting forward Tayshaun Prince, and possibly work his way up to the 6th man position on the team. He looked good during Summer League games, but still has to work his way into the Pistons line-up over time if he is to gain extended playing time. Draft experts felt he was a little ways out from being NBA ready, but now he has a guaranteed contract that will pay him enough money to keep him happy for quite a while off the court.


    Detroit Pistons sign draft pick Austin Daye to two-year contract

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