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Yes…can you believe that the Pistons finally got their Center?  When David Stern called Andre Drummond’s name as the Pistons #9 pick in the draft the crowd at The Palace of Auburn Hills went wild, myself included.

Who would believe that Drummond would actually drop to nine?

Joe Dumars was interview before Drummond got on the call and was interviewed by George Blaha and Greg Kelser.  I was in the front row and when Joe Dumars came up on stage someone in the crowd shouted “you lucky bastard” in which Joe Dumars responded “yes, yes I am.”  Priceless!

Here is the audio of our newest Piston CENTER Andre Drummond.

Danny , Dave and just were lucky enough to be graced with the presence of Vince Ellis, the Detroit Free Press Pistons beat writer for an interview.  What better time to have Vince on then for the craziness that has surrounded the Pistons the last week.

Rip HamiltonWe talked the Rip Hamilton buyout, the Tayshaun Prince signing and why Rodney Stuckey hasn’t signed with the Pistons.  Vince, as always,  was very informative and had plenty of insight into what would have been an Amnesty situation with Rip had he not went to the team for a buyout.

We thank Vince again  and hope he comes back even if I did give him the business.

Make sure you listen to the podcast and follow Vince on Twitter if you aren’t already at @Vee_Ellis4Freep and read him over at the Freep.

New Need4Sheed.com Detroit Pistons Podcast with Dave Wieme – The Vince Ellis Interview

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The Pistons announced that they will be hosing their very first Social Media Night February 2nd at 7:30 pm when Detroit hosts the Charlotte Bobcats. So what does that mean for you?

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Fans that purchase tickets form the Pistons will have access to three exclusive ticket offers for the game on February 2.

  • Option 1 includes a 100-level ticket, social media t-shirt, exclusive pre-game meet and greet opportunity with Pistons’ forward Jonas Jerebko and VIP Club access for $125.
  • Option 2 includes a 100-level ticket, social media t-shirt and exclusive pre-game meet and greet opportunity with Jerebko for $35.
  • Option 3 includes a 200-level ticket and social media t-shirt for only $10.

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What it means for me?  Well the Pistons are also giving “local bloggers” the opportunity to cover the game and an access to Charlie Villanueva for an exclusive post-game media interview. I’ll be there with my Pistons FlipVideo in hand and I’m sure I’ll be tweeting away.

The other good thing for you if you attend the Pistons Social Media Night, it’s one of the only times I’ll be taking autograph requests…I kid.

Hope to see you there.

Need4Sheed InterviewThere is no better way to kick off the Pistons season than having Chris Iott of Booth Newspapers and Mlive.com join me for an interview on the Need4Sheed podcast.

Chris gave me some exciting nuggets about the team and what he thinks of the upcoming season.  We talked, T-Mac, Daye, Charlie V, Stuckey, Ben Wallace and expectations.  Most surprising…who he says has the “sweetest shot” on the team.

Take a listen to the podcast, but most of all start following Chris over on Twitter, he’s always quick with the lowdown on the team.

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Special Need4Sheed Podcast – Interview with Chris Iott Pistons Beat Writer for MLive.com

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I would like to thank  Chris for taking the time to do the show and for the great interview and insight.  If you’re not reading him over at MLive…you should.

Will Bynum, as always was kind enough to do something special (besides dunking on 7 footers) for Pistons fans.  I put a call out to for you to to “Ask Will” a question.

You asked, and he answered.

We originally thought we were going to do a podcast, but due to technical difficulties we did it the old fashioned way.

So here we go…

From Damien Washington
Time to go down memory lane: The Bobcats are in town. 5:24 left in the 2nd. You looking over the shoulder of Gerald Wallace, Stuckey sets a screen for Charlie, you burst to the baseline….

WHAT’S ON YOUR MIND?!

Actually 2 or 3 plays before, we ran the exact play and twice I came off the pick, got into the paint, and got an assist and (I think) a basket,or foul. I knew Gerald Wallace was a gambler on defense, so I faked the pick and roll and went baseline..I saw Tyson Chandler and there it was….

(In other words: What made you decide, “You know, I wanna dunk” and then pull off said dunk against Tyson Chandler?)
The opportunity presented itself.

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From Ziga Kranjec (Slovenia, Europe)
Will if you could go back in time and play against any NBA player, who would you most want to dunk on?

Bill Russell. Because I think he is one of the greatest defenders of all time.The ultimate defender. He made blocking shots an art. Not only did he block a lot of shots he altered just as many. I think the challenge of dunking on him would be a lot tougher and extremely exciting.

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From Mike Brouty
Who has been the biggest inspiration in your life as far as motivating you to get you from where you were years ago to where you are now as a pivotal player on the Detroit Pistons?

I don’t think it was a particular person but many things and people have motivated me over time. My upbringing… the things I’ve seen and lived, competition, believing that I’m just as good as the best player. I believe that God has blessed me with an amazing talent level and I know my full potential can only be reached by outworking the next person and that fire alone motivates me to succeed…on top of being in love with mastering the game.

From Wade Saari
Will, what has been your favorite moment in a Detroit Piston uniform?

Making the playoffs my first year. The atmosphere of the playoffs and being a part of that would be my best moment.

From James Steven (Austrailia)
Are you ok with coming off the bench? Would you prefer to start?
What have you done this off-season to prepare for next year?

I would definitely prefer to start but I’ve been through so many things and in so many situations and played so many roles that I can adjust to any role and be successful.


This year, I’m training under Tim Grover at Attack Athletics..I’m making 300 to 500 3′s a day, doing physical therapy on the ankles, defensive drills, improving my conditioning, hip strengthening and breaking down film on myself and the strengths and weaknesses of league point guards.

From Fariduddin Muhammad (Chicago)
Being a native of Chicago, how has Chicago shaped you as a man and ball player?

The things I’ve been through in Chicago made me who I am today. It helped me to be able to appreciate the opportunity at hand and to NOT let it pass me by.When I go home and look into the kids’ faces and see the hope, despite the circumstances… is when my desires burn to be great….that was me. I have to be at my best for them. I have to show them that the dream can become a reality.

From Ollie (North Carolina)
Will, have you seen the film Black Dynamite? If not I highly recommend it. If so, have you thought of asking the folks at the Palace to play the DYNA-MITE jingle modified of course to BYNU-MITE whenever you have one of your incredible dunks?

LOL…no, I haven’t seen it. But I’m sure it’s probably funny.

From Chris LaPensee (Ann Arbor) and Me!
When are we going to see BYNUMITE in the Slam Dunk Contest?!?!

Hopefully next year. If the good Lord continues to bless me with great health I would love to be in it!

From Janae Richardson (Chicago)
I am a single parent raising boys in Chicago. I read about your upbringing and wanted to know what did his mother say to him to keep him away from the trouble? How was he encouraged to NOT join in with everyday street thugs? What can I tell my boys? Ages 13 and Tell him also how much Chicago loves and needs him to BE an example. The youth are watching,listening and hoping.

My moms focus everyday of working and supporting the family spoke for itself. I use that same focus and approach in life, with whatever I’m doing. I have two brothers who went in the gang and street direction early on and I learned from their situations what to do and what NOT to do. The streets have NO future. On top of that, I always played basketball and the neighborhood knew and respected that, for the most part. I would suggest you tell your children that it’s okay to be different and to say no. It’s okay to set goals and chase your dreams and that the only way to achieve it is through hard work and discipline. And to never be afraid of working hard at whatever they decide to do. I hear you Janae.

From Jacon St. Pierre
My question is how much of an adrenaline rush do you get when you fly over guys that are almost twice the size of you?

I get a calm rush looking at the fear on the facial expressions of the opposing teams, the coaches and the fans at away games and at home games it gives me a big rush and makes me want to do it again…and size doesn’t matter..lol

From Joanne Ross
McDyess was famous for his superstitions. Any unique pre-game rituals?

I pray…everything else is personal

From Danny Bohnlein

Is there any fear when you take the ball to the rim and elevates when a 7 footer goes up with you to block the shot?

No fear, none whatsoever!

Will loved all your questions and unfortunately his favorite was on that I had asked him, but he did pick a runner up of the Limited Edition BYNUMITE T-Shirt.

The Winner is…Janae Richardson (Chicago)

I would like to thank Will again for taking the time to answer our questions, but I’m even more excited that we get to see  him in a Pistons uniform for the next three seasons.

Not back to the question I asked Will…
I know you prefer Will The Thrill, but I have been contemplating a name change here at Need4Sheed.com, would it be so bad if I changed to BYNUMITE.com?

LOL..Natalie, I’m with that. I’d love that..It would be an unmeasurable honor!

I choose yours…Natalie…lol.. But if I have to choose one I choose Janae Richardson’s.

Now with that, I leave you with this.

I think it’s probably time to change the site’s name. I have a handful to choose from, but I may just put it to a vote. Stay TOONED.

You don’t have to dig hard here on Need4Sheed to know how I feel about Will Bynum. When he signed his three year deal with the Pistons I was a little bit more than happy. As a matter of fact the news broke in the middle of my work day and as made my rounds around the office the rest of the day I randomly walked up to my fellow co-workers and said…”BYNUMITE” and calmly walked away. Yes, they all think I have issues and I don’t care one bit.

So imagine how I felt when Mr. Bynum himself wanted to thank Pistons fans for supporting him by doing a podcast for us here at Need4Sheed.

That’s where you come in.

ASK WILL!

Will made it clear how much he appreciates Pistons fans, so I’m taking your questions. To make things more fun, I’m going to give away a Limited Edition BYNUMITE T-Shirt (that I will reveal the day of the Podcast) to the Piston fan who submits the best question to him.

And Will is going to pick the Winner!

The rules are simple, please submit your questions to me by Wednesday August 4th.

Follow me on Twitter and tweet me your question @Need4Sheed.com with the tag #BYNUMITE

or E-Mail me at need4sheed@gmail.com with the subject line BYNUMITE

I can’t ask every question, so make them good people.  And make sure you give me your name so I can read it on the air.

This should be almost as fun as watching this:

New Piston Greg Monroe speaks to Eli Zaret.

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Apparently Charlie Villanueva’s DNP was decided before the game.  His very telling post game interview.

Are you and Kuester on the Same Page?

“I honestly Don’t know how to answer that question.”

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The body languang and the words tell a big story.  We don’t know exactly what is going on, but something clearly is.

Need4Sheed InterviewNo Need4Sheed to be playing in a basketball game for me to co-host the Celtics Late Night Show.

I was supposed to do the post-game Pistons/Celtics show, but we ran into technical difficulties.  So Nick and the gang were nice enough to ask me back to give them a hard time for 2 solid hours of Pistons-Celtics mayhem.

I don’t know why they keep subjecting themselves to my Pistons nonsense, but this is your chance to talk live with Nick and I and the rest of the gang at Celtics Late Night Show about all things Pistons, Celtics,  the rivalry, the green hate, Larry Bird’s mustache, Rasheed’s allergies to the paint or whatever your heart desires.

We will be taking your calls all night long and giving away PRIZES,  so be sure to tune in and call in. I’m personally going through my stash to see what I can give to the listeners.

If you want to know what’s in store, just listen to this little teaser from the last couple of times I took over their show.

I will co-hosting this one live with guys from Celtics Late Night Show this Monday, March 29th starting at 9:00 pm to 11 pm.

That means you need to give us a Call. Let’s take this show over, if you don’t call I may to get Will Bynum to dunk on you.

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