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News of a deal that nobody has seemed to know of until Kobe was pondering what Jerry Buss meant to him. Check out the piece over at Yahoo by the man who always gets the NBA scoop Adrian Wojnarowski.

“After all the anger and angst and fury of the immediate post-Shaq era had inspired Kobe Bryant to make a trade demand, Jerry Buss finally called his superstar guard to the owner’s home in the Los Angeles hills on an autumn evening in 2007.

The Los Angeles Lakers had found a trade for Bryant, but Buss warned him that it wasn’t to one of his selected destinations.

“Detroit,” Buss said.

The Lakers had agreed to a deal to send Bryant to the Pistons and needed Bryant’s approval to waive his no-trade clause. The package included a combination of Detroit’s core players and draft picks, sources say. Buss and Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak needed an answer soon, because they refused to let the issue linger into training camp.” Via Yahoo.com

Kobe was willing to waive his trade clause to get out of LA, but decided he wanted to stay  a Laker after thinking about it.

I’m far from a Kobe Bryant fan, but honestly I would have welcomed him in Detroit for Rip, Tay and Amir Johnson and a first round pick. Really what a deal that would have been. Imagine what things may have happened and wouldn’t have happened in Detroit.

Seriously? Wow

It’s like a Charlie Brown Christmas, you can’t go the holiday season without watching Rasheed Wallace and company remix Jingle Bells.

Here you have it, a Pistons rendition of Jingle Bells. Featuring Jason Maxiell, Amir Johnson, Will Blalock (probably his biggest staring role one court or off) and the oh so jolly Rasheed Wallace.

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Happy Holidays

#Pistons fans haven’t seen a Knight of basketball like they did on Friday in quit some time. It was the Pistons youth core of Knight, Drummond and Monroe that helped power Detroit in their 91-90 win over the Raptors. With the Pistons down one, it was Brandon Knight’s dribble drive with 7 seconds on the clock that gave Detroit their third win on year.

Key Points:

  • I’m back on the Tayshaun Prince bandwagon for right now. It’s not that I don’t think he’d fit better off the bench on a contender, but he’s doing his part this season to keep the Pistons in games. As important as Brandon Knight was down the stretch of this one, so was Prince who got the Pistons right back in the game when they handed the lead to the Raptors. Prince finished with 16 points, seven boards, and three assists in 38:19 minutes on the floor.
  • Another solid game for Greg Monroe who led the Pistons with 19 points, 11 boards, a steal and a turnover in 38:24 minutes. He’s not only playing well, you can see him in every play and being a leader to this young team.
  • Monroe has grabbed five or more rebounds in 104 consecutive games, the league’s longest current streak. Are you voting for him?
  • I suggest you watch the highlights of this one just to see the last couple of plays unfold.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Andrea Bargnani with 17 of the Raptors first 20 points, had one of the best games I’ve seen him play. He finished with a season high 34 on the night.
  • I also didn’t know how good Toronto’s Kyle Lowry was.
  • Very nice to see the Twin Towers on the court together for Detroit. You can see how productive that they can be. Drummond finished with 13 points and career highs of 13 rebounds in his first double-double of his career in 25 minutes on the floor. He had some nice highlights in this one, none better to me than when he hustled back on the defensive end to take a charge and as he lay on the floor he gave a nice fist pump when the call was made. He even was put back in the game with 16.1 seconds left in the game to help Detroit make a stop when the Pistons were down one.

Andre Drummond: “One of the knocks on me is that I don’t have a motor, that I don’t play hard every day.” “(Frank) just tells me every day, effort, that’s all you need to do. Give effort every single day, play hard and keep yourself going. So that’s what I do.”

Tayshaun Prince: “I saw a lot from him, the most important thing is when he made mistakes and he missed free throws, he just stayed the course, put his head down. Obviously it was tough for them to keep him off the offensive glass and he had key blocked shots and things like that, but I think his energy kept the crowd in the game. That’s what we need from him.”

  • Detroit started the second half strong, going on an 11-0 run after Toronto scored on its first possession of the half and expanding their lead to 10.
  • Brandon Knight comes out the hero in this one and rightly so. His layup to get the win wasn’t easy, but don’t forget the clutch shots late in the fourth either.
    This was just the kind of game that Knight needed to kick start his confidence in his shot. Brandon finished with 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting with three assists and just 2 turnovers.

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  • Let’s not forget about Jason Maxiell who continues to make play and bring the energy. I don’t have the clip, but did you see the sweet bounce pass from Monroe to Maxiell for the dunk?
  • Stuckey with 8 points on 2-of-9 shooting in 26 minutes.
  • Kyle Singler with 6 points on 2-of-5 shooting in 28 minutes.
  • Just 26 points in the paint for Toronto to the Pistons 52.
  • This game was tied 10 times with seven lead changes.
  • After losing double-digit leads and dropping their first three home games of the season, the Pistons have now won two straight at The Palace and the crowd truly did appreciate it.
  • A Sunday afternoon SHEEDtastic matinee against the Knicks. I’m all for it!

The Pistons 76-73 victory Sunday night at the Palace wasn’t pretty, but it showed that the Pistons believe in winning more than anything. As Detroit’s lottery dreams fade with every W on the schedule, it seem the most important thing on Lawrence Frank’s mind is teaching this team how to win.

Key Points:

  • It took till the final second of this one to decide which team was going to get better lottery positions.
  • Ben Gordon scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter.  Gordon put the Pistons ahead to stay, 71-68, on a 3-pointer with 2:44 remaining.
  • It was so bad that Detroit had just 29 points at the half.
  • Brandon Knight with 19 points, 2 assists, 3 boards and a steal in 31 minutes on the floor. If not for Brandon and Ben this one wouldn’t have gone the Pistons way.

  • I think Austin Day may have got his last chance last week, he was a DNP coaches decision.
  • 27% shooting in the first half and 36% shooting on the night for Pistons. The Raptors didn’t do much better themselves shooting 37% on the night.
  • The Pistons have shot below 37 percent in three straight games.
  • This game was tied 16 times with 21 league changes.
  • Despite the Hammer in the building at the half, the Raptors on a Sunday evening didn’t draw a big crowd at the Palace.
  • Stuckey 1-for-7 for 7 points on the night.
  • Ben and Brandon were the only Pistons in double figures.
  • Greg Monroe with 17 rebounds.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Pacers Monday night and then just one more on Thursday at the Palace against the Sixers.

 

 

The Pistons got just what they needed Saturday night before they head out for an extended road trip.  Detroit took down the Raptors in convincing fashion right from the tip with a 37-14 first quarter, thanks to a 15 points Brandon Knight.  The  105-86 beat-down was a beautiful thing to see.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons 37 points in the first quarter was largest quarter total all season.
  • Detroit is hot at home, taking 9 of their last 12 at The Palace.
  • Don’t let the offensive numbers fool you, this team played defense all night long.
  • Everyone played in this one, including  Charlie Villanueva who jacked up a 3 pointer as soon as he got his hands on the ball. He went 0-for-2.
  • I’m getting to like Damion Wilkins more and more each game.  He’s all about defense and is doing a solid job backing up Prince.  He finished with 8 points, 2 steals, a blocked shot, an assist and one board.
  • Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting with 8 assists, 2 steals and 4 boards.  It was a solid performance in all categories for Stuckey.
  • The +/-  from the starting five went a little something like this.
  • Prince +27, Maxiell +20, Monroe +21, Stuckey +21 and Brandon Knight +16.
  • Can’t remember the last time this team had so many easy baskets.
  • Vernon Macklin is inactive now that Charlie V is healthy.
  • The new and improved Pistons backcourt scored 39 points and 15 assists.  Those are Chauncey and Rip kind of numbers.
  • Knight finished with 19 points, 7 assists and 4 boards.  His smile was brighter than ever after the game he was having.  He almost connected on a alley-oop from Tay in the first quarter that would have brought the Palace house down.  It’s good to see him bounce back like this.
Brandon Knight 15 points in the first quarter.

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  • Another solid night from Jason Maxiell, whose production none of us saw coming.  Jason finished with 12 points, 7 boards a steal and a blocked shot.
  • The Swede with 13 and 6 boards and the NBA’s Block of the night.

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  • Moose didn’t have to do the heavy lifting, which was nice for a change.
  • Ben Wallace still grabbing boards.
  • It’s always nice to put a smack down on someone, especially at home.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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Lawrence Frank “We had a real good pick-and-roll game going, very good intent in terms of turning the corner. The ball was moving and sharing, but it all started with good defense. This is our third straight game of holding a team to 86 points or less. Holding a team down to 40 percent (shooting percentage) and to win on the road there are certain things you have to do, you have to defend, rebound, and you have to have low turnovers.”

  • Tayshaun Prince played his 700th career game in a Detroit uniform Saturday night.
  • It’s not going o be easy-going forward, just look at the schedule.

The season of strange starting lineups continued tonight, as the Raptors traveled to Detroit to face off against the Pistons who were in the middle of a 3 game losing streak.  The Pistons 4 oldest players started (with Monroe), and used a 38 point 1st quarter to jump out to a huge lead to overtake the reeling Raptors ballclub.

3 players for the Pistons carried the scoring load – Hamilton with 24, Prince with 22 and Greg Monroe with 21 to go along with 10 rebounds.  It was clear the Pistons were going to pull this one out from the jump, their cuts were sharp, and their jumpshots were falling.

Rodney Stuckey came off the bench and had 14 assists to go along with 3 points (all from the free throw line) and Ben Gordon scored 6 points in 13 minutes.

  • These St. Patrick’s Day uniforms have got to go – the Raptors uniforms are hideous
  • Former Piston great Amir Johnson missed the game with an ankle :(
  • The Raptors do have a pretty impressive group of youngsters who have been playing well of late – Andrea Bargnani, the most recognizable name from the bunch lead the Raps in scoring with 20 points
  • Ed Davis, who a lot of Pistons expert writers were saying the Pistons would draft in this past year’s draft, was outmatched by Greg Monroe in the paint and on the boards
  • 2 DNPs tonight for Detroit – Will Bynum and Jason Maxiell
  • Richard Hamilton with a Pistons team high +15 on the night
  • Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva played 13 minutes each – lowest minute total of all players
  • The “Brazilian Blur” Leandro Barbosa filled up the cup for 18 points in 26 minutes off the bench for the Raptors
  • 15,166 reportedly in attendance – the arena looked emptier than that
  • Toronto was able to narrow the lead to 6 – and Detroit lead by as many as 20
  • Rodney Stuckey had a career low in shot attempts tonight with 1 to go along with 14 assists.  This honestly looked to me like one of those Kobe Bryant games where he tries to prove he’s not a ballhog and can be a distributor the team needs
  • Hamilton, who averages 17.6 points a night against the Raptors, scored 24 points
  • Recap via Pistons.com

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The good thing about this win: the Pistons won.  The bad thing, if there is a bad thing about winning: they’re now 6 games up on the Raptors in the Eastern Conference and they’re lined up with 6th-7th pick slot in the lottery.

Up next for the Pistons, Landry Fields brings his pals Jared Jeffries and Ronny Turiaf to the Palace on Friday when the Knicks go up against the Pistons.  Pistons fan favorite Chauncey Billups will make his first appearance in a Knicks uniform on the Palace floor, so that should be exciting.  Since Billups will be back in Detroit Friday, I’m sure we’ll be able to continue discussing what things would be like if we hadn’t have traded Billups 2 years ago, so there’s that…

If you’re looking for some interesting reading between now and then, check out the riveting discussion going on at Piston Powered with several of your favorite Pistons writers – N4S favorite Dave Hogg, N4S creator Natalie Sitto, DetroitBadBoys Brian Packey and Kevin Sawyer, MLive’s Justin Rogers, PP writers Dan Feldman and Patrick Hayes, and 2 guys who don’t believe other sports exist during the NBA season, then you need to make your way over there.  Today they discussed whether or not Rodney Stuckey should be re-signed and in previous days they discussed Joe Dumars’ future and whether or not the team was on a treadmill of mediocrity.

The 23-44 Pistons are back in action Wednesday night to host the 18-48 Toronto Raptors.

The Pistons are coming off a 0-3 road trip while the Raptors are currently on the longest road losing streak in franchise history, have only beaten five teams away from home this season.

Guess what Pistons fans, Detroit is one of those teams.

The Raptors are looking for their first road win in more than two months and a fourth consecutive victory at The Palace of Auburn Hills.  The Pistons are just looking for stop the bleeding from what has been one of the worst seasons on and off the court many of us can remember.

  • The good: The Pistons have taken 2 out of 3 in the series this season.  And not necessarily about this game, but it’s nice that Terrico White had a chance to practice with the team for the first time since the pre-season.
  • The bad: The Pistons and the Raptors.
  • The unknown: Another lineup change?

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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You can literally head to the Palace to catch the action for next to nothing.  $4 dollar tickets…how can you not head down to the game?

Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Plus. If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM.

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The Pistons put their five game road losing streak to a halt with a victory over the Toronto Raptors Friday night. John Kuester again showcased his “new’ starting lineup of Prince, McGrady, Stuckey, Monroe and Wilcox in their 101-95 victory.

Key Points:

  • Apparently the Air Canada Center is just about the only place the Pistons can win on the road.
  • The elephant in the arena, Rip Hamilton. Another DNP coaches decision for Rip who is sitting pending the possible trade. The longer this drags on, the worse it’s going to get. The look on his face sitting on the bench was upsetting. He really does deserve better, he did this team right until the Chauncey trade when everything went wrong. For all parties concerned, lets hope this deal goes through soon.
  • A Will Bynum sighting! Will scored 6 in 12 minutes and his one assist was a great dish to Gordon for a three.
  • Both teams shot the lights out if the first half, trading baskets until the Pistons started to pull away.
  • The Pistons narrowly avoided another third quarter collapse. They let the Raptors go on an 11-2 lead in the third but thankfully had a nine point lead going into the fourth after leading by six at the half.
  • Unfortunately our favorite rookie Greg Monroe didn’t get his 5th straight double-double, but he did come close with 12 points and 7 points while logging the most minutes for the Pistons with 37.47. Hustle heart and good hands…Monroe is a keeper.
  • The Pistons were led by a red hot Tracy McGrady with a season high 22 points. With T-mac running the offense, the Pistons have a much different look that seems to be working.

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Tracy McGrady: “I feel that I am a great decision-maker and I feel the ball should be in my hands, making plays for teammates,”

  • Huge first half for Charlie V with a season high 16 points in the first half, finishing the game with 19, 8 points and 2 steals.
  • Five Pistons in double figures.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 15 points while the Raptors led by as much as 5.
  • The only trouble the Pistons had with Toronto was Andrea Bargnani who put up 31 points.
  • Highlights of the game via NBA.com

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  • Nice game from Stuckey, who logged 24 minutes and scored 19 points on 5-for-9 shooting.
  • Wallace sat again, resting his ankle.
  • I would like to see the Pistons free throw shooting percentage get better. They were at 65% Friday night, which usually doesn’t cut it in close games.
  • Solid night again for the Pistons current center Chris Wilcox. Four points and 12 boards and a ton of dirty work. I like it.
  • A fun game to watch if you are a Pistons fan…especially if you like a lot of offense and no defense. It seemed like the Pistons couldn’t miss in the first half.
  • A back to back game with the Kings Saturday night. Lets see if Detroit can make it two in a row.

The 12-26 Pistons will be in Toronto to take on the 13-25 Raptors Friday night. It’s certain Detroit would like to get a win and snap their 5 game road skid.

The big story however is not the game, but the drama surrounding the proposed trade of Rip.  When Hamilton was a DNP Coaches decision in Wednesday night’s home game against Memphis he didn’t seem that happy.

Rip Hamilton “They didn’t tell me anything, I was definitely surprised.” “Do I think it was a level of disrespect or unfair or anything? I’ll leave that to you all.”

The longer this goes on the worse the whole situation is going to become. And while it looks like the whole ‘Melo deal and it’s drama and agenda’s probably won’t get done, it’s even less likely that another team will trade for Rip. Which could cause serious issues for the team and management.

As for the game, Ben Wallace is listed as doubtful. Who knows who is going to play or what the starting lineup will be.  This should be fun.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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The Pistons will be playing a back-to-back with a game at home against the Kings.  If you need something to do Saturday night, what better plan than to go see the Pistons for as little as $10 dollars.

Tip off is at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Detroit . If you can’t catch the game on TV, follow it live over at NBA.com or on the radio over at WWJ 950 AM

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The Big story was not the Pistons seeking revenge in Toronto, it was the fact that this was the first game that Rip (barring injury or illness) was going to come off the bench for Detroit. Mr. Hamilton not only preformed, he set the season high of the bench for the NBA with 35 in the Pistons 115-93 victory in Toronto.

Key Points:

  • The Pistons jumped out to a big league and (this time) kept it.
  • The Pistons led by 32 with 3 minutes left, they played the full 48.
  • Story of the game, Toronto with 23 turnovers.
  • Pistons have set an NBA season high by scoring 41 points off of turnovers.  The previous mark was 35.
  • I hate using this cliche… but we saw Vintage T-Mack.
  • Pistons bench outscores Toronto’s 62-39. Having Rip and T-Mac coming off the bench makes for a great second team.
  • Rip stepped up big time to make a statement and right his wrong… Career high 6 three pointers, scoring 35, with 1 assist, 1 board and zero technicals in 28 minutes off the bench.
  • Rip Hamilton with 35 off the bench

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  • Jason Maxiell left the game early with a dislocated finger and didn’t return. It shouldn’t keep him off the court for the Chicago game though.
  • Congrats to Ben Wallace who played his 1000th NBA game and he looks like it’s his 100th. Wallace finished with 6 points, 3 assists, 2 steals 3 blocked shots and 6 boards in 23 minutes…the man is a ROCK.
  • Austin Daye dressed but did not play. I don’t know what I was watching…apparently I missed Daye’s 4 minute return. Though I’m glad I did, he was 0-4 and 0-2 two from downtown.  More shots than Ben Gordon takes most nights in just 4 minutes for Daye.
  • Great ball movement and good job by Detroit capitalizing off of Toronto’s mistakes.
  • Rip Hamilton Video Highlights with Post Game Interview

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Video courtesy of The NBA and The Detroit Pistons

Rip: “Tonight I just wanted to make a statement with all of the stuff talked about. I just wanted to come out and make a statement.”

  • Another great outing from Charlie Villanueva with 18 points, 4 boards, 2 assists in 25 minutes as a starter alongside Ben Gordon.
  • Gordon started slow and stayed slow in his second game as a starter. 1-for-7 from the floor for just 4 points in 20 minutes for Detroit. Rip made a point Wednesday and Ben didn’t.  Ben will turn around, he just needs time.
  • You can say what you will about me, but one 35 point game doesn’t excuse Rip’s behavior or his play this season. It was nice, but I’m reserving my right to still be upset with the situation and I still think Detroit needs to move him.  At this point the team really isn’t in the running for anything other than a draft pick…so get to rebuilding, Tay and Rip both deserve to be on a team that have a chance at something bigger.
  • Highlights of the Game

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  • Tracy McGrady with a season high in points (17) assists (7) and rebounds (7). Plenty of boos from the Toronto crowd…
  • T-Mac post game: (VIDEO)
  • “Keep booing me I love it, it really doesn’t bother me at all…It’s not like I was like Chris Bosh and selling out the city like the city was horrible or something or making crazy comments like the city was horrible”

  • Good to have Rodney back, he took the game under his wings from the start scoring the Pistons first 6 and going on to put up 21 with 2 assists.
  • The didn’t let this one go…post game quote from Kuester about what what said at the half.

Kuester: “It was mentioned, there is no question about it. We realized that we had to continue with the same type of focus that we had in the beginning and again.”

  • Greg Monroe has one more assist than Rodney Stuckey.  I’ll take his stat line of 7 points on 2-for-3 shooting with 3 assists, 3 boards and a steal in 25 minutes.
  • Great team ball led to 27 assists for Detroit.
  • A quiet Tayshaun Prince didn’t have to do much when T-Mack and Rip were on fire.

As always, wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday Season, no matter what you celebrate (or don’t). And remember you can always you can follow Danny and I on twitter, if you’d like.

Here is a SHEEDtastic Holiday favorite of mine, Rasheed and Company singing Jingle Bells.

Santa DumarsAnd if you’re listening Santa, please get this team back on track.  We’ll settle for a trade, any trade…please Santa, all no coal or bricks .  Is a a big ban that can play defense too much to ask for?

Really, I promise, we’ve been really good.