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The owner of the Detroit Pistons and Auburn Hills-based Palace Sports & Entertainment Inc. has chosen to open negotiations to sell the basketball team and venue management company to Detroit pizza and sports industrialist Mike Ilitch, Crain’s has learned.

It’s believed that a deal will be worked out in the next 30 days.

Any sale of the Pistons will require a vote by the National Basketball Association’s other team owners.

It’s unknown how much Ilitch might pay for the team and PS&E, and a final purchase price is likely still not set. Crain’s reported in September that bids were submitted around Labor Day. This Via Crains Detroit

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I honestly was very skeptical when the news was that Ilitch was trying to buy the team. I know of bad blood between the the Red Wings and the Pistons in years past, so it was hard to believe that anyone in the Davidson family to hand the team over to Mike.

What makes me, and most Pistons fans happy is that Karen Davidson is putting the bast behind her and selling the team to a man who will do right by them and keep them in Motown where they belong. I’m not sure what Mr. D would think, but if history repeats itself when it comes to Mike Ilitch, he will represent this team with the utmost pride and respect.

Welcome back to the D…we were worried there for a while. And a special welcome back to Tom Wilson.

“The Davidson family and its constituents, working together with Palace Sports & Entertainment (“PSE”) management and Citi Private Bank, have instituted a robust process that is well under way,” the release said. “We are extremely pleased at the level of serious interest from multiple potential buyers in purchasing the Pistons and PSE. Via MLive

With the news of Mike Ilitch expressing interest today in buying the Pistons some things need to be said.  While I would love for the Ilitch’s to buy the team and keep them  in the state, I’m skeptical of the timing and the public statement by Ilitch to the media.

Think about it, if you wanted to pursue a business deal, wouldn’t you make the deal behind the scenes first and then notify the media when you knew the deal was in place?

On the Pistons side of things, there has been a major beef between Davidson and Ilitch that’s been public knowledge for years.  And that pesky lawsuit doesn’t help one bit.

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Tom Wilson joining forces with Ilitch can’t make the Davidson clan feel good about selling the team to a man who already owns half of the states professional teams.

Yes it’s Caesarland, but how much dough does Ilitch holdings have?  I don’t think enough to successfully sustain a payroll of three major sports teams.

And if I’m Mike Ilitch and my dynasty of a hockey team is playing in that abysmal, beyond outdated arena that sadly bares the name of Joe Louis (he deserves better), I would be ecstatic rolling both of my teams right in the Palace of Auburn Hills.  It sure doesn’t look like the city of Detroit has enough cash to even think about financing a arena befitting of that team.

It’s like being handed the keys to a full furnished penthouse apartment when you live in a slum.  Would you move?

It seems like a perfect fit and a story that will make the headlines.  Ilitch “All Hail Caesar”….

Will it pan out?  I sure hope so.

Call me a pessimist if you will, but I just made you think.

Yes Sir!

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Is it appropriate to be upset that the Pistons just lost to a Nets team that don’t have double digits in the win column?  Yes and no.  At this point in the season, with the injuries the Pistons had, the drama of the team up for sale, the departure of the infrastructure that was Tom Wilson, the free agent signings disappointing year and the Rodney Stuckey scare,  shouldn’t we be able to let this season go as what it is?

Hell, we got through Michael Curry and Allen Iverson didn’t we.

I’m not happy with the loss, and I hate for Detroit to be labeled as an easy W on anyone’s schedule, but right now it is what it is.

Can’t we just enjoy the last few games as games not a reason to point fingers?

This franchise (hopefully) will always stand for hard work and underdogs, and it’s our job as Pistons fans to ride whatever comes our way.  If you can’t do that….you might as well be a Lakers fan.

I’m not asking you to put on your teal and maroon Jerry Stackhouse jersey, but I am asking you to embrace what will likely be a few seasons of  hard games to watch.  We don’t know what will become of the team this off-season, we don’t know who will be here and who won’t, but we should know which ones of us will be standing by and waiting for the turn around.

I’m not taking some kind of moral high-ground here, I’m just stating the obvious and remember that I have been through this before.  It’s had, but if you love the game it doesn’t matter.  Hell, the Lions still have fans.

It was a loss, a loss to the Nets, it doesn’t feel good but just look at it as more hope for the future.  They will be just fine, but it will take some time.

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Via The Detroit News:

Tom Wilson has left his position as president and CEO of Palace Sports and Entertainment, according to a report.

ClickOnDetroit.com, attributing the information to sources, says chief operating officer Alan Ostfield will take over Wilson’s position.

Wilson was not at his usual seat at The Palace Tuesday night during the Pistons’ game against Minnesota.

Wilson joined the Pistons organization in 1977. He handles all business functions of the Pistons, The Palace, DTE Energy Music Theatre and Meadow Brook Music Festival.

He is a native of Detroit who graduated from Cass Tech High School and Wayne State University.

Uh oh….a sign of things to come Pistons fans.

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It seems like just yesterday that Pistons fans were celebrating a Championship.  It doesn’t seem that long ago that Detroit had a starting five that were familiar, solid, loved and envied league wide.  It really was just a short time ago that we continually got ready for a long playoff ride filled with joy and anguish.

There are highs and lows with every team, in every league, but as Pistons fans we have come to expect excellence and comfort.

Comfort in a style of gritty play, comfort with the one of our own running things,  and comfort in an owner that we knew loved his team above all else.

Last night I sat in wonderment at the Palace of Auburn Hills as my team took on the Boston Celtics.  This would normally be a huge game, even without the fact the Rasheed Wallace was returning to Detroit, in green for the first time.  Instead the place was littered with empty seats and quite a few that were occupied, were donned in green.

I watched my ailing team, in heart and body, pull off a pretty inspiring win.  A win that they not only dearly need for the sake of moral and pride.  I watched a reborn Ben Wallace take charge on the defensive end and Rodney Stuckey do what he needed to do to lead his team to victory.

The highs of the big game come with bittersweet sadness as I watched Mrs. Davidson have a mini press conference at halftime in front of her very familiar courtside seat and announce that she’s looking for a buyer for the team.

It’s her team and she can do with it what she wishes.  We as fans shouldn’t judge her, we just have to hope that she hands over the team to someone who loves it as much as Mr. D did.

Bill DavidsonI may be a bit sentimental, but I can still see him sitting in his seat with his beige windbreaker enjoying his team.  I see him with a mini television in front of him watching his hockey team on their way to a Stanly Cup, while he was watching his Pistons win a championship.  I can see him standing on court with Ben, Rip, Chauncey, Tay and Rasheed as they raised his banner in the rafters at the Palace.

I can still see his face as he was getting doused in champagne in the locker room by Isiah Thomas during the Bad Boys Championships.
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I watched him embrace Isiah on court, when it was clear his health was failing at the All Time Pistons Ceremony.

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One of my favorite memories is looking at his face in 2004 when they were presenting the team with the Larry O’Brien Trophy.  He may not have been able to hold that beautiful gold piece of hardware over his head, but his team made sure he could.

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And how can we forget his very “Detroit” styled parade speech.

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He may not be with us anymore, but he will always be remembered.  The Hall of Famer was a pioneer in professional sports and in love for his team.   If the new ownership has one tenth of the love that Mr. D had for The Pistons, things will be just fine.

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Need4Sheed Interview Natalie SittoWith the Pistons losing streak behind us, Jim Kushlan, Don Zellers and “Shaggy” Matt Culbreath were nice enough to ask me back on their show again to talk Pistons.

If your in the Toledo area you can check out the show Sunday nights on News Talk 1370 WSPD. The Benchwarmers cover our the Pistons, Tigers, Lions, as well as Ohio based teams. The Benchwarmers is what you get when you put a Pistons fan and a Cavs fan on the same radio show.

Listen to the Interview

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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)

First the Shock, next the Pistons did you know she’s selling her house in Snowmass Colorado?

On Dec. 29 Ms. Davidson—whose husband Bill Davidson, owner of the Detroit Pistons, died last March at age 86—put her property on the market. The asking price: $47 million, making the estate, called Stony Creek Ranch, one of the most expensive listings in the country, in a resort area that has been hard-hit by the housing bust.

Via Mountain High

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