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You all know by now that the Pistons will be picking ninth in this year’s NBA Draft Lottery.  I’m sure we’ll see a ton of projected picks and mock drafts, but honestly we really don’t know what’s going to happen until  Draft Night.

Now my next rant has nothing to do with the Pistons picking ninth.

For years I’ve always said that the Draft had to be fixed…heck we know now that plenty of the games have been.  Just ask Tim Donaghy or Rajon Rondo, who got CLUBBED Wednesday night in overtime against the Heat. The Heat come from behind on 47 free throw attempts to the Celtics 29 and a swallowed whistle when it counted.  Heck LeBron had 27 free throw attempts himself, just two shy of the entire Celtics team.

So when the NBA Draft “Lottery” unfolded last night I could see the writing on the wall as soon as Cleveland dropped.  I said to  my friends sitting next to me, “they’re giving the Hornets the number one pick.”

And then it happened.

“Here potential NBA team Owners, buy the New Orleans Hornets, they just got the number one pick in the lottery and Anthony Davis will look great in Teal!”

How obvious was that?

How are we supposed to take this League seriously anymore?

It’s not just me, if you were on Twitter when this all went down you’d know.

David Stern…It’s his world and we’re all living in it.

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The only thing Pistons fans can do is hope the Draft pick will add value to the team and that Dumars makes some deals to get this franchise back to where they should be.

It’s been more than slow this summer when it comes to basketball news.  We have no real clue when the NBA and the Players will or if the players decide to put their differences aside and agree on some sort of new CBA so we can get back to dribbling and dunking this year.

The sides met Wednesday,  for a six hour collective bargaining session with reps from the players’ union.

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“We’re not going to get a deal done unless we spend time together and that’s progress unto itself given how infrequently we have met since the lockout began,” deputy commissioner Silver said. “It’s difficult to characterize the meeting other than there is no question both sides want to avoid missing games, or missing training camp for that matter. Everyone was very engaged today. We discussed virtually everything that was on the table. And there was an agreement that we need to continue meeting and pick up the pace.”

Thankfully they did decide on one thing.

“The p.r. war has to stop. From Stern insinuating that the players were not well-informed on the issues, to one side tossing out facts and figures the other side quickly disputes, to discussing the optimism or pessimism of getting a deal done in time to salvage a season on an almost daily basis, the rhetoric has spun out of control. Even Stern’s salary (is it $23 million? $15 million? $9 million?) and vacation schedule had become fodder for players on Twitter.

The days of negotiating through the media are over, declared Stern, Silver and Fisher. Fine. But on several occasions, three of the most influential men involved in the negotiations were given opportunities to portray Wednesday’s meeting in a positive light, to offer millions of fans the slightest glimmer of hope.

Each time, they passed.

Even with Stern, Silver and Fisher primarily using vague statements and speaking in clichés, it didn’t take a genius to realize the league and the union are still nowhere. Consider: Fisher was asked whether the union’s position on the economic issues had changed significantly.” Via Chris Mannix SI

I don’t know if you can call this progress since this is the first time the two sides have met since Isiah Thomas was in good standings with the city of NYC.

“We’re not apart on an agreed urgency to get a deal done,” Silver said. “We’re not apart on a need to avoid missing games and we’re not apart on the agreed impact of a lockout will have, not just on our teams and our players but the communities in which they operate as well.”

Derrick Fisher:

“From this day forward we’re going to make a greater effort to put the time in to get this deal done. There won’t be any other discussion of how, why, when, where. No one else’s is going to know. We’re going to get the work done.”

As for the Pistons…
They have a new coach that can’t do much other than make PR Appearances. Their 2nd round draft pick is playing in Europe. Rip Hamilton is still trade bait, and we still really don’t know exactly what roster will be in red, blue and white whenever the next NBA Season will kick off.

What have you been doing to help the lull in NBA news or action? Me…I’m getting buy on watch Classic NBA games on NBA TV and spending way too much time on YouTube.

Finally!

Los Angeles financier Tom Gores has struck a tentative deal to buy the Pistons from Karen Davidson, a person familiar with the situation told the Free Press.

The sale, which must be approved by the NBA, is expected to be announced Friday.

The agreement was reached earlier tonight at the office of a Birmingham law firm, after several days of intense bargaining over details.

Details on the base selling price, the implications of a looming labor dispute in the NBA, and to what extent current ownership may stay involved with the team were said to be key points of debate.

The total value of the deal, which includes the team, the Palace of Auburn Hills and DTE Energy Music Theatre, is expected to be announced at $420 million. That doesn’t mean Gores will pay that much immediately, though. Current ownership is expected to retain a minority stake of perhaps 10% for up to several years. via The Detroit Free Press

Just because Sheed isn’t donning his Air Force One’s on court every night doesn’t mean I’m not keeping a tab on what he’s doing. That’s why I’ve started a special feature on the site to keep track of his goings on.

What is Sheed Doing?

Well yesterday he made good on a promise he made to his mother a long time ago…

Sheed went back for his Boy Scout training and is now an honored member of Philadelphia Troop 3036.  He was sworn in yesterday completing his merit badges in fire starting safety, conflict resolution, leadership, personal fitness and sportsmanship.

Congratulations Sheed

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Who knew that The Boy Scouts of America have a Need4Sheed.

It sure looks like it!

We have heard rumors, but here it is in The Detroit News this morning.

In the meantime, Pistons owner Karen Davidson seriously is considering selling the Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment. She already has had a conversation with NBA commissioner David Stern on the process and protocol for attracting potential buyers. Once she sells, there would be nothing keeping the Pistons tethered to The Palace.

The mere thought of it is alarming to 95% of Pistons fans. I was really upset when I heard the rumors but,  to have it in black and white right before me makes it worse.   The man has been gone less than a year, and from what I have always been told this team meant the world to him and he would never have sold them.  Doesn’t that mean anything?

The possibilities of what could come of this are never ending.  Think good thoughts…think good thoughts.

Mr. D’s legacy deserves more.


(Hat Tip to Marcell for the link)