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A clear sunny day in the Metropolitan Detroit area served as a perfect setting for the changing of the guard, at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Palace floor, setting for 3 Pistons championship seasons, was transformed into a stage awaiting the man that will be taking control of the beloved Detroit franchise.

All of the Pistons media and key figures in the Pistons’ Organization were there. Charlie V, Ben Gordon and Rodney Stuckey were the only current players in attendance. George Blaha, Special K, Mason, Mark Champion, and your favorite radio and TV personalities were there as well.  Rick Mahorn and James Edwards were in the house talking it up and Joe Dumars was sitting right up front with Alan Ostfield at his side.

A video montage of Pistons highlights, old and new, played while Platinum Equity partners and old acquaintances of Mr. Gores from his days in Michigan mixed in giving us a glimpse into the man along with the glory days of the franchise.

Before Gores spoke we got a chance to hear from Karen and Ethan Davidson, who both touched on Mr. Gores, and how emotional of a day it was for them. The bittersweet sentiment from Ethan would have made any fan of his father sad, as he remembered the past, he also thanked Mr. Gores for letting them be a small part of the future.

Tom Gores

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Tom then came out, introduced by Mark Barnhill of Platinum Equity, while two key figures of the new Palace regime Philip Norment and Bob Wentworth sat at the table waiting for the Q&A.

 

He began by thanking the Davidson family, and then started talking about how he plans to run the organization:

“I need to deliver on the standards of your passion. This is a very passionate city, and it can be demanding. I think it can bring out the best in all of us. I promise I will lose sleep to deliver to the standards.”

“It’s my job to bring Championship #4 to Detroit.”

I can’t do the whole thing justice, but you can watch the presser in it’s entirety below.  And yes…I did get a few questions in.

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Now what you take from the press conference may be different from what I took away from it. I can tell you I especially loved the question Stoney asked…

“What’s more important…making money or winning a Championship?”

Brilliant, and he really did answer it honestly…I think.

Now we can sit here and worry that he sounded too corporate, but honestly it’s what I expected from him. We are talking about a man who has come from nothing, and made billions of dollars before he’s even hit fifty years old. If the Pistons didn’t have the Palace Sports and Entertainment package attached to it, we wouldn’t even be talking about Mr. Gores right now. That I truly believe.

So he lives in LA now,  and you know he admitted to me that “I’m not a Lakers fan…anymore”.  He’s got two right hand men from Boston who will probably be more visible to the public when it comes to the team, than he is down the line. He said some of the things that the City of Detroit wanted to hear and some things that an investor in Platinum Equity wants to hear, and that’s ok.

He’s going to lean on Joe Dumars as his “basketball guy”, and push him to make the right decisions.  Gores spoke of how successful business make mistakes, and how “that’s ok” but he expects quick turnaround on the mistakes.

As for Kuester, yes he pronounced his name wrong, but I don’t think that matters. He didn’t say the words, but you can bet Q’s days are numbered.

Tom Gores toonThis is new territory for him, and you can definitely tell.  If you don’t give this man a chance, then you’re very close minded. We have no idea how this thing is going to unfold just yet, so lets learn with Gores and Platinum.

I’ll tell you he’s quite a presence, he can win you over with his smile and a handshake. And he honestly looked like a kid in a candy store once he was off the podium.

“Starting tomorrow, we’re going to go full speed ahead”

It’s Gores Time.

It's Gores Time!

Danny and I just went on a podcasting marathon with my good friend and former Director of Strategic Communications at the Palace Sports and Entertainment Dave Wieme. With Tom Gores now officially the owner of the Detroit Pistons we had a ton of things to talk about. So much so that I had to cut the podcast in two. That much you ask…yep!

Dave WiemeWe talk the about the worth of the Pistons and the Palace Organization, Tom Gores, the Rip trade scenario, The NBA Finals, the DB’s in Miami, Kuester, coaching, winning, and not winning, Stuckey, heck I could go on and on, but I would rather you take some time and listen to Dave and his nuggets of wisdom about a team he worked with for most of his adult life.

And he’s funny…so make sure you are following him on Twitter. (We were actually live tweeting during this podcast)

I wasn’t kidding when I said we went on and on, the first half alone is about an hour long.

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Second half to follow….and me live tweeting the Gores Press Conference Thursday afternoon at 4:30!

So, right now we are a day removed from the last game that the Detroit Pistons played in the 2010-11 NBA season and boy am I glad that it’s over.  Sure they won more games then they did last season, but I would have gladly chucked 15 games down the drain to have avoided this seasons Buffonery.

The Pistons lost Jonas Jerebko in the first pre-season game.  Then never really got to see what they drafted in Terrico White when he broke his foot.  The organization and fans crossed their fingers as they saw bidders for the team come and go no matter how much dough they could toss in the air.  Coaches and players butted heads then coaches and players butted heads then coaches and players butted heads.  Then suddenly Rip Hamilton was stricken with some kind of “flu” that modern medicine couldn’t cure no matter how hard they tried.  Then there was absolutely no moves made before the NBA trade deadline. Then coaches and player butted heads then there was this crazy day when a lot of players just weren’t at practice.  Then Rip played, then Rodney didn’t.  Then when Rodney did play he did his best D Wade impression and when it was all said and done he said this.

“Being in the Doghouse I just wanted come back and play hard for my teammates and my family.”  “Change is on the way.”

All the while Greg Monroe just kept on putting up double-doubles.

And the Worm cried a little.

Now we have a new a new Shiny owner, who likes to dance and says he has big plans.

You’ll hear more from me soon, but trust when I tell you I’m not mourning this team or this season in any sort of way.

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The 27-51 Pistons are at home to CELEBRATE the their new ownership to play a game against the Milwaukee Bucks.  Don’t thing this one is automatic, this game means something to the Bucks who are trying to get that last playoff spot in the east.

The game is an afterthought at this point when we found out earlier today that Tom Gores reached an agreement to buy the team.

  • The good: Tom Gores.
  • The bad: The fact that the Bucks want this one bad.
  • The unknown: With a new owner somethings comes new problems, but honestly what can be worse than this season?

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will televised on FSDetroit 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.

I’m wont be at the game, but if any of you are, please leave us a comment.

Need4Sheed PodcastDanny and I break this thing down as the season comes to a close. I must say that this podcast was both therapeutic and fun for both of us.

Danny comes clean about his playoff predication while I seem to just get my frustrations out.

We talk Rodman, the man, the legend and the Jersey retirement ceremony. We again talk about the new kid on the block Greg Monroe. And the man the myth that #2 pick Darko and of course the newest Rodney Stuckey incident.

While Danny is never afraid to speak his mind, he’s got the feeling he’s going to get bashed after this one.

Take a listen and by all means give us your feedback and question for the next show.

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You also may be wondering why I have a picture of a dog in this post. It’s because this is my dog…and she saved my life last week. We talked about it in the podcast so I thought I would let know see who saved my life …and (all that Danny cares about) this site.  Thanks Dee!

The Pistons All-Star Break Breakdown Podcast.

Need4Sheed PodcastDanny and I are back with a new episode of the Need4Sheed.com com Detroit Pistons Podcast. Fresh from the All-Star Break we break down the weekend, Greg Monroe’s performance, the dunk contest, the sale of the team, the Kuester situation, and our biggest disappointments of the season.

Danny also make a very BOLD prediction that may have you thinking he’s either a genius or just nuts.

Take a listen and by all means give us your feedback and questions for the next show.

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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

With new potential Pistons owner in the building the Pistons gave Tom Gores a great show. Detroit gave the best team in the NBA a run for their money Tuesday night, but just couldn’t pull out the victory. The final score 100-89 final score doesn’t reflect the battle on court in an impressive performance for the Pistons despite the loss.

Key Points:

  • Rip Hamilton – OUT with a groin pull. We want Rip chants surfaced at the Palace again.
  • Rodney Stuckey back on court after missing 5 games.
  • Heartbreaking triples from the Spurs every time the Pistons got close. Spurs 55% from downtown.
  • 7th double-double of the season for the real deal Greg Monroe. Greg with 14 points, 13 boards and 2 assists. Add one heck of a pass to Rodney Stuckey who couldn’t convert the layup in crunch time.
  • Will Bynum was the spark plug in this one, matching his season high with 21 points. Will carried the team in the fourth quarter with an impressive performance down the stretch. Will added 6 board, an assist and a steal in 23 minutes. The highlights speak for themselves.
  • BYNUMITE DUNK Highlights

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  • I thought Blaha was going to blow a gasket again…”Will Bynum off the HIGH HIGH Glass!”
  • Will Bynum scored 12 of his 21 points in the fourth quarterSix Spurs in double figures.

Antonio McDyess “I always love coming home…I consider this my home”

  • Im rooting for the Spurs to win it all ICE4DYESS.
  • DeJuan Blair added 18 points and 12 rebounds for San Antonio. He could have been our DaJuan.
  • What’s up with Charlie Villanueva? Just 12 minutes? He was 2-for-3 for 5 points.
  • Jason Maxiell sighting!
  • This one was tied 13 times with 15 lead changes.
  • The Spurs are pain good.
  • Tay struggled shooting going 5-for-15 for 12 points.
  • T-Mac with 7 and 3 assists.
  • Dear Chicago Ben Gordon, please come to Detroit…PLEASE!
  • Another one Wednesday in Cleveland.

Will Bynum on the possibility of being the team that Cleveland beats: “We won’t be.”

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Site Manager Natalie, N4S Commenters, Friends of N4S, and fellow Pistons Nation followers:

Our Mission Statement declares that from time to time, the content providers of this site shall give to Pistons Nation, information about the state of our basketball team.  For 4 seasons, our content providers have fulfilled this duty.  They have done so during periods of prosperity and tranquility.  And they have done so in the midst of turmoil and depression; at moments of great concern and great struggle.

It’s tempting to look back on these moments and assume that the team’s progress was inevitable.  That the Pistons were always destined to be among the best NBA franchises in the league.  But when the Pistons dealt away Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson, 50 win seasons were very much in doubt.  When the free agency period crashed with the signings of $11 million and $7 million dollar per year bench warmers, the future was anything but certain.  These are times that are testing the strength of our fandom, and the strength of Pistons Nation.  And despite all of our disagreements and opinions; our harsh words and our fears; we must fight through the negativity and push through knowing that better days are ahead.

Over the summer, I took this position during an offseason that saw the Pistons win 27 games the previous season, a salary cap situation that included what are assumed to be untradeable contracts, a roster that has 4 small forwards and no post scoring big men, and a team that is up for sale.  Experts from across the NBA blogosphere warned that if Joe Dumars did not wise up, this team would be headed towards a new “Teal era”.  5 months later my friends, we are on our way to another disappointing season.

The devastation of questionable moves remains.  They are an eyesore to a fanbase that has seen this team have success in the early part of this decade, and to the nerds who bury their noses in stat books and “per 36″ stat projections for players who play 15 minutes a night.  This team is no better than is was at the end of last season, except for the health of the individuals on the roster.  Add to this the fact that the team still remains up for sale, and while rumors still fly about whether Mike Illitch will become owner or not, the team is stuck in neutral without an identity while we draw ever closer to the February trading deadline.

This unsettled ownership situation has also compounded the burden of improving the roster through trades and player acquisition.  Without an owner in place, front office executives are afraid to make moves, to take on salary that could potentially put them in a bad situation once new ownership takes over.

I know about the anxieties that are out there, right now.  They are not new to 75% of the NBA team fanbases, but they are very new for us.  These struggles are the reason I offered to help contribute to this site.  These struggles are what I’ve witnessed during the years of the “Teal era”.  I read about them now on opposing team’s blogs and game threads, the fans of opposing teams who troll our Pistons’ sites now, even though they couldn’t beat the Pistons during their great run from 2001-2008, now brag and boast because they beat the Detroit Pistons.  The toughest to read are those written by people who I have called out previously for “bad shtick”, because now their voices are louder than ever.

We face big and difficult challenges.  This is our rock bottom, folks.  At the quarter mark of the season we are on pace for roughly 27-28 wins if the team keeps pace.  The team has shown flashes of brilliance sometimes, and they’ve shown absolutely no effort other times.  I still believe.  Change can happen.

I believe that with the right changes, this team can turn it around and become a playoff team next year (if not sooner).  The team has the pieces in place, with players like Ben Gordon, Austin Daye, Greg Monroe, Rodney Stuckey, etc who can shoulder the burden of carrying this team into the next generation.  The team is built on the strength of the unit as a whole, not as individuals.

It is time for this team to stop playing as individuals, and to come together as one.  Moves need to be made but more importantly, the team needs to be sold so the front office is stabilized.  We need to be patient, as a fanbase.  Improvements will happen.

As always, I look forward to your thoughts on how the season is going.  The team has been a disappointment so far but, anyone who expected them to win 15 of their first 20 games and is now criticizing them for not accomplishing it, is likely more of a problem than the team.  The team is behind pace for my 30+ win prediction, but they are who I thought they were.  The roster is unbalanced, the coaching staff seems to be missing the point of having young players on the team during a rebuilding period, and the front office can’t make any moves.

The state of the team is: not good, with a few players performing above expectations while most are performing below.  The team may or may not need a new coach.  Until the talent improves, there is no way in telling what Coach Kuester can actually do to help this team succeed.

In closing, I want to preach patience.  Sure, things could be better but they could definitely be worse.  I appreciate how civil everyone has been in the game threads, game recaps, and during the live chats.  These are trying times for us, as Pistons fans.  We will once again rise up, and fire up that bandwagon again (for all the ass cats).  I promise you.

Just a reminder: If you have an account on twitter, you can follow my nonsense here and you can follow Natalie’s “PG” rated ranting here