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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

The 18-29 #Pistons are hosting the 21-26 Lakers or a Sunday matinée at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons beat the Lakers the last time they were at the Palace and could very well do so again with the way they have been playing.
  • The bad: Detroit has lost the six of the last seven against the Lakers.
  • The unknown: Will the US clear the Pistons new PG Jose Calderon for duty? If he still can’t play at least he’s making the best of it to lean the new system.

Tip off is at 1:00 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Plus. If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

 

Going into the game The Lakers were off to their worst start in 34 years. A visit from the Pistons where just what the doctor ordered as they dismantled Detroit to get their first win of the season. The 79-108 shellacking wasn’t pretty for Pistons fans and showed that they need everything and everyone going right for them to be able to legitimately compete.

Key Points:

  • It started off miserable when the Pistons where down 34-13 after the first quarter.
  • Jason Maxiell was hot to start off the game. Jason made his first three shots and had six of the Pistons first eight points. You have to really appreciate what Maxiell has been doing so far this season, but when he’s our offensive threat
  • If you’re having “migraines,” DON’T PLAY!
  • Stuckey came into the game 1-for-17 from the floor through the first two games. Stuckey, who has been struggling with migraine headaches, certainly missed all six field-goal attempts against the Lakers. Since making his only basket of the season in the season opener against Houston, Stuckey has missed 13 consecutive field-goal attempts. Is there anything more to say?

Tayshaun Prince: “Whenever a player is struggling, whether it’s shooting the ball or not doing what he usually does, it’s up to the team and the coaching staff to get him involved and try to find ways to get him out of it,” Prince said. “We’ve got to do a better job of that. At the same time, Stuckey has to be aggressive, but we’ve got to get the ball in his hands more. We haven’t put it in his hands enough.”

  • Detroit did not have a starter in double figures since December 1st 2010.
  • Jonas Jerebko led the Pistons with 18 points on 5 of 9 shooting with 2 assists, 2 boards and a steal.
  • Tayshaun Prince was a -40 in his 24 minutes on the floor. I’m ready for a TP trade.
  • Lawrence Frank continues to NOT play Drummond and Monroe together, even when Greg needed help containing Dwight Howard who put up 28 on Detroit.
  • Tom Gores sitting with his family right next to the Pistons bench couldn’t have been happy. You have to feel sorry for his son who was born a Lakers fan. His dad bought the Pistons and he was forced to sit in Pistons gear and try to cheer the team on. I hope he doesn’t get razzed too much at school today.
  • Give it up to Kyle Singler who did his best to get Detroit back in the game. Singler went on a personal 7-0 run in the second quarter to force a Lakers timeout. He finished with 11 points, five boards and two assists in 26 minutes on the floor.
  • Can’t be hard on Stuckey and not talk about Brandon Knight. Knight struggled again, missing his first seven shots before scoring on a driving layup midway through the third quarter. His only two points of the game. Stuckey and Knight are now a combined 12 of 58 for the season. Turrable!
  • Kim English knocked down two 3-pointers and finished with eight points.
  • Will Bynum continues  play well off the bench. Bynum had 10 points and five assists.
Andre Drummond and Dwight HowardPhoto/Getty Images Editing Need4Sheed.com
  • Andre Drummond played 22 minutes, and put up five points, seven boards and two blocks.
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  • My apologies to Pistons fans in the house last night, you deserved better. We did hear the Deeeetroit Basketballlll chant on the broadcast.
  • The Lakers biggest lead was 36 points.

The 0-2 #Pistons are in Los Angeles to take on the 0-3 Lakers Sunday night. The Lakers have not started 0-3 at home since 1959.  Despite the trade for Dwight Howard and the offseason acquisition of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant and his Lakers are off to their worst start in 34 years. The Lakers have not lost its first four games since opening with seven straight defeats in 1957 when located in Minneapolis.

  • The good: The Lakers will be without Steve Nash, who’s suffering from a bruised leg.
  • The bad: Rodney Stuckey must step up after two less than stellar games to give the Pistons a chance to take down the Lakers at home.
  • The unknown: Can the Pistons take advantage of the Lakers and squeeze out their first win of the season?

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Tip off is at 9:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports . If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 the Ticket.

Any thoughts on the Pistons tanking this season for a better chance at the #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft were squashed last night as the Pistons turned back the clock a bit, and beat the Lakers 88-85 in overtime at The Palace.  Games like this are the reason why I believe Lawrence Frank was the right hire for the job.  This game was a guaranteed loser on the schedule under former Coaches John Kuester and Michael Curry, because of the negative response from the veterans to coaches they didn’t respect.

Rodney Stuckey was by far the star of the night, and the main reason why the Pistons were in it to win it at the end.  Stuckey hit a big 3 pointer with 9.8 seconds left in the game to put the Pistons up 2, before Kobe came back to hit a clutch jumper to tie it up and send it to overtime.  In overtime, Tayshaun Prince nailed a key 20 footer to put the Pistons up 1 before Stuckey stepped to the charity stripe to knock down the final 2 free throws which put the Pistons ahead for good.

Rodney Stuckey over the Lakers

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  • Rodney SssssssssssssssssssssssssTUCKey finished the night with 34 points on an efficient 13-20 from the floor.  He also finished 1-1 from the long line, and not only was it a key 3 pointer that I referenced earlier but if you’ll notice, Rodney has improved from the 3 point line this season.  He still doesn’t take a lot of 3s, but when he does he’s making them at a 35% clip – his career average is 28%.
  • Ben Gordon showed some flashes off the bench, and while he had a solid night off the bench, he was mostly playing off of Stuckey’s hot hand, as he finished 7-15 from the floor with a team high +24 +/- off the bench.
  • Jonas Jerebko finished a healthy 3-8 from the field with 2 key 3s – and a +10 on the night.
  • As usual, skilled low post scoring big men gave the Pistons front court trouble – Andrew Bynum finished with video game numbers (34 points/15 rebounds) and Pau Gasol finished with 20 and 10. 
  • Greg Monroe held his own on the glass – he finished with 15 rebounds (8 defensive and 7 offensive).  The Lakers’ size gave him fits on the block – he had a tough night offensively.
  • Super Rookie Brandon Knight wasn’t so good in this game – 0 points, -14 +/-.  The good news is he only turned the ball over 1 time.
  • What happened to Ron Artest? Metta World Peace?  He looks like a totally different player these days.  He and Tayshaun Prince have not aged well in their roles as starting SF on their respective teams.
  • Kobe, lose the black mask bro.  Rip Hamilton wears a clear mask every game to protect his nose.  It’s not about fashion, it’s about function.
  • Former Michigan Wolverine standout guard Darius Morris received a DNP-Coaches’ Decision for the Lakers as he remains buried in the rotation.
  • The Laker big men could not do anything to stop Stuckey from finishing in the lane.  Stuckey, who has had his issues in the past finishing at the rack, settled in a nice groove by attacking both Andrew Bynum and Pau Gasol.
  • Way to go Lakers Pistons fans!  Last night was the 3rd sellout of the season.
  • The Lakers are now 6-13 on the road.  The Pistons are 10-11 at home.

And let’s not forget this highlight of the night – Stuckey taking old man Kobe to school.

Rodney Stuckey breaks Kobe’s ankles

MAY THE GORES BE WITH YOU!!! (seriously, I didn’t think anyone wore shimmery shirts anymore?).  Gores should be a happy man – not only did the Pistons win a thrilling game against a team they’ve competed against 3 times in the Finals, but they did it in front of a sellout crowd that was reportedly 60% Lakers fans.  Way to go Pistons!

Tom Gores Pistos over the Lakers in OT

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 Next up for the Pistons is Jeff Teague and the Atlanta Hawks on Friday at 7:30 at the Palace.  The Hawks are 7-8 in their last 15 games as they’ve fallen a bit on hard times as the injury to Al Horford has finally caught up with them.  Meanwhile on the other side of the court, the Pistons are on a bit of roll having pulled together wins in 9 of their last 15 games.  The Hawks are currently sitting in the 6th seed spot in the East, while the Pistons are 5 games back of the 8th spot.  The Hawks aren’t looking up too high though, as their playoff opponent (if the season ended today) the Orlando Magic are the 3 seed and they’re only up 1 game.

The Hawks have a lot to play for, whereas the Pistons are scraping together win after win and building confidence in their young core for the future.  With the way this rotation has settled in a bit lately, and the roll they’ve been on, I don’t see where Charlie Villanueva fits in when he comes back unless he takes Jason Maxiell’s minutes.  Maxiell has been providing solid numbers as the starting power forward since taking over for Ben Wallace.

The 12-26 #Pistons will host the 23-14 Lakers Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Los Angeles has won five straight from the Pistons, including three in a row at The Palace of Auburn Hills by an average of 13.3 points.

  • The good: Brandon Knight is averaging 16.9 points over his last seven games.
  • The bad: Remember last time the Lakers were at the Palace and Rip Hamilton decided to get tossed minutes into the game and then Kobe went off to score 33 on Detroit?
  • Who to watch:Kobe Bryant and all the Kobe Bryant jerseys at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • The unknown: On of the worst nights in my eyes if you’re a Pistons fan to go to the Palace for a game. Who will have more fans in the seats Kobe Bryant fans or Pistons fans?

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Tip off is at 7:30 pm and will be broadcast on Fox Sports Plus. If you can’t catch the game on TV, catch it on the radio over at 97.1 The Ticket.

This game was over in the 1st quarter.

The Lakers were able to score anywhere on the floor they wanted – in the paint, on the perimeter, and a little bit from 3. It’s nice that Coach Kuester thinks this team has enough talent to play everyone but, let’s face it, that’s not how championship teams are put together. Sure, teams need depth and strong benches to find success in the playoffs but… there’s really no reason to split the minutes so evenly among the starters and the backups.

Let’s get to the game’s lowlights, shall we?:

  • Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum combined to shoot 13 of 17 from the floor for a combined 34 points.   They scored 6 more combined points than the 2 highest Pistons’ scorers on the night
  • Rookie Greg Monroe nabbed his 1st career double-double last night (14 points and 11 rebounds).  His night was MOOSE-TASTIC!
  • Tracy McGrady started at point guard again for the Pistons and scored 14 points and had 6 assists to go along with 6 turnovers
  • Rodney Stuckey was back after missing a game with a stomach virus – he played 13 minutes off the bench and had 0 points
  • Lamar Kardashian Odom always seems to get to the loose balls and hustle points against the Pistons – he poured in 16 and had 9 boards on the night
  • Another game, another lost rebounding battle: Pistons 37 – Lakers 41
  • Pistons had 22 assists to go along with 16 turnovers
  • Kobe had an off night but he still contributed a near triple double with 16 points, 7 rebounds and 8 assists

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  • Isn’t it funny how the Clippers play at the Staples Center too, and when the Lakers play it looks like a completely different arena?
  • “Bosom Buddies” star Tom Hanks joined the 18,996 others in attendance to see this game
  • McGrady drew a technical foul in the 2nd quarter by arguing a foul call against Kobe.  It was pretty ticky tack, and if Sheed were on the floor you would’ve heard the emphatic “BALL DON’T LIE” shout since Kobe failed to convert the free throw attempt.
  • Where was the D? Detroit blocked 2 shots and forced only 6 turnovers.

Lowlights of the gave via NBA.com

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The Pistons are done with the West Coast for the rest of the year, thank goodness.

The tough part about this loss is knowing that now the Pistons are off for 3 days before playing again back home in Detroit.  While most teams come out sharp after some extended rest, Detroit has shown time off is almost worse for them than playing on back to back nights.

Detroit returns home to face Jason Kapono and the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday at The Palace.

The 11-23 will play the third game of their road trip in Los Angeles to face the Lakers. The 23-11 Lakers are 10-9 since starting the season at 13-2 have and have won four straight against the Pistons by double digits.

No word yet on Chris Wilcox, who didn’t play in Utah with a groin pull. But I am guessing we’ll see Tracy McGrady starting at point guard, especially after his near triple double against the Jazz.

The Scouting Report via Pistons.com

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Tip off is at 10:30 pm and will be broadcast on FS 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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I have been through a lot as a Pistons fan, the good, the great, the heartache and championships.  I watched Isiah do his thing, Rodman grow and change before my eyes, Lanier and Tripuka come and go and Dumars play and build his way into the hall of fame.  I suffered through the teal years, and did my best to enjoy whatever I could from the team that belongs to my hometown.

I may complain about how bad things are right now, but I’ll stand by them through the tough times that they are going through, as I always do.  That’s what a fan does, they moan an groan  until they are lucky enough to watch their team rise back to the glory days.  And even if they don’t, they will still be there to watch and hope and enjoy.

Now here comes the rest…

I was ashamed last night at the Palace of Auburn Hills for the first time in my life.  It wasn’t the same felling of heartache when I watched LeBron take away a game five before my eyes, or when Horry hit that three that still haunts.  This time the state of Michigan disappointed me to a point that I never thought I would get to…ever.

Rodney Stuckey vs The Lakers

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I usually avoid the Palace when the Lakers come to town, for my own sanity, but when your good friend tells you they have an extra ticket to the game and they want you to be there how do you say no?   I knew it wasn’t going to be pleasant, but I didn’t mind.  I was going to be with friends and root for my team.

It started just as I imagined it would as I waited in the West Atrium of the Palace for my friends to arrive.  A sea of Lakers Kobe fans entered the building.  I knew it was going to be a long hard night.   I dissected every single person as they came into the building as my anger grew.   Calm down, I thought to myself, but it didn’t work.  As soon as I saw the 6 year old with a Kobe jersey that was so big on him that it looked like a night shirt my anger turned into rage.

But what set me over the edge, before I ever got to my seat was the Limo that pulled up and out came about twelve 16-20 year olds all in Kobe jerseys.  No Lakers apparel, Kobe apparel.

It didn’t help that my seats just so happened to be in Kobe Ville either.

I’ll spare you the specific details, what I will do is go into a rant.

  • If you are born in the state of California you have every right to be a Lakers fan.
  • If you are transplanted to California and you came from a place that had no other NBA team, by all means be a Lakers fan.
  • If you live in a state or a country and you need a team to root for…fine, you can be a Lakers Kobe fan.

BUT IF YOU COME FROM THE GREAT STATE OF MICHIGAN born or transplanted, don’t you dare come to the Palace donning anything purple or yellow when you have one of the best and toughest NBA teams to root for in your backyard.

SHAME ON YOU…ALL OF YOU!

You can love Kobe, he’s one of the greatest, (I personally can’t stand him) but shame on you for rooting for a team from across the country in your hometown.

I was ashamed….ashamed of you.

Had it not been for some good friends and the fact that the good people over at the Palace of Auburn Hills don’t play when it comes to lifetime bans, you may have seen me on the news last night.

Lakers fans drowning out Pistons fans in applause.  A Kobe MVP chant in my house, that’s appalling. Do you even understand what you are doing or who you are rooting for?  What’s wrong with you people.

Do you not know the history of this Pistons team?  Do you not know that the Lakers our the Pistons rivals?  Do you understand we are supposed to hate them an everything they stand for?  Do you know what the Bad Boys had to endure to get those first two Championships and who the 2004 Pistons beat to get the third?

I’m not gearing this rant towards my readers, you are the true fans.  The people I’m talking about know who they are, and if they end up reading this…I hope one day an angry Bill Laimbeer comes to visit you.

If you know one of those people, please send this rant their way, for the good of all Pistons fans.

Whenever teams matchup that have faced off against each other in an NBA Finals, the commentators often say “tonight features a rematch of the ________ NBA Finals between the _________ and the __________”.  Well people, those days are over.

Some prominent players remain from the 2004 Finals like Kobe Bryant, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace who has since completed a tour of duty among other Central Division teams from 2006-2009 before coming back to Detroit.  The last few years have featured Detroit getting whooped either at the Forum or at the Palace (or both), but either way Detroit has been outmatched in recent years due to the Lakers acquisition of Pau Gasol.  Let’s re-cap some of the more notable parts of the game last night, shall we?:

  • Richard Hamilton was ejected 5 minutes into the game for what appeared to be doing next to nothing.  The referees seem to be a little sensitive, and the technical foul calls are not consistent from ref to ref.  Hamilton, however, does have a history of complaining to the refs.
  • Kobe was Kobe: 33 points on 11-20 shooting with 9 rebounds.  Kuester played Tayshaun, Hamilton, and Stuckey on him but it didn’t matter.
  • Lamar Odom, who came in averaging nearly 15 points and 9 rebounds a night against the Pistons for his career – matched his career point per game total while also pulling down 14 rebounds.
  • No surprise here – Pistons outrebounded 55-41.
  • The ball movement was there for Detroit as they racked up 18 assists compared to only 5 turnovers.
  • Rodney Stuckey lead all scorers for Detroit with 18 points on 7-17 from the field.  Stuckey needs to go back to finishing strong at the rim.
  • Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon shot a combined 5-22 from the field for a total of 16 points off the bench.
  • Chris Won’t Wilcox made his first appearance of the season.  He played 3 minutes and had 1 rebound.
  • Thank goodness Andrew Bynum wasn’t playing, that’s all I have to say.
  • Will Bynum was playing though, and whiffed badly on a breakaway dunk that officially sealed the night for the fans and the game’s outcome.
  • Austin Daye had a flagrant foul against Pau Gasol which made me “LOL”.
  • Laker rookie Derrick Caracter matched a career high with 6 points and 5 rebounds in 15 minutes.
  • Tayshaun Prince had the worst +/- in the game: -24.
  • Derek Fisher and Ron Artest tied for best +/- in the game: +26.

This was not the way the Pistons wanted to return home after the circus act they provided in Golden State at the end of the West Coast trip.  The game was close for the first quarter and a half, and then the Lakers pulled away for good.

This team needs help, and they need it quick before this season gets away from them.