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We have all heard the saying “All good things must come to an end” sometimes it’s for the good and sometimes not.  Just ask Lions fans.

Today I got a glimpse into what Pistons fans (as well as anyone who attends an event at The Palace) have in store for them now that Tom Gores and his team have remade The Palace.

Today the media was formally introduced to Dennis Mannion, President of The Detroit Pistons and Palace Sports and Entertainment. My first impression of Dennis is that he is a man that knows what he’s doing.  Mannion has spent 29 years working in the four major professional sports leagues (MLB, NBA, NHL, NFL), including two years managing business operations for the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche from 1998 to 1999.  Mannion most recently served as President of the Los Angeles Dodgers where he worked from 2007 to 2010.  He also previously worked for the Baltimore Ravens from 1999 to 2007, and for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1982 to 1997.  If you question his effectiveness as a Front Office Executive, I would direct you to look at the 1996 MLB All Star Game in Philadelphia and the 2000 NHL All Star Game in Denver (Colorado Avalanche), both events he was instrumental in bringing to the cities.

Dennis Mannion

Not only does Mannion have a vision, he has brought in a team of new people and a new philosophy to the Company and organization.

  • LUCINDA TREAT – Executive Vice President of Business Operations & Strategy Insideout Sports & Entertainment – Madison Square Garden- New England Sports Ventures – Boston Red Sox – Florida Marlins
  • CHARLIE METZGER – Chief Marketing & Communications Officer
  • KEN CATANELLA – Director of Basketball Operations
  • HARLAN HENDRICKSON – Vice President of Lifestyle Marketing Denver Nuggets & Colorado Avalanche
  • LAUREN MILLER – Director of Fan Lifestyles
  • IGGY RODRIGUEZ -Director of Promotions
  • DANIELLE WILLIAMS – Community Partnerships Manager
  • HEATHER COLLART – Community Relations Manager

They really did stress Tom Gores vision of Coming Together.

At first glance, things looked different walking into the West Atrium of The Palace.  Instead of the standard wall of photos, you’re now greeted with 3 large screen LED video displays of Pistons Players.

As Dennis spoke he explained that his team wanted to take The Palace to new levels.  They are working on a new cohesive color scheme fitting for The Palace, which seems to have landed on silver and blue.

The Palace Floor

This whole revamp wasn’t just about the Pistons, it was about about everything that has to do with The Palace Sports and Entertainment.

The whole idea of this revamp was to help the fans enjoy their experience at The Palace, if they were going to a Pistons game or coming to the Palace for a concert.

This, of course, meant making the Pistons players happy.  The more comfortable the team is, the greater chance you have of a cohesive, winning team. It starts with the door they walk into on game day. The new locker room door encased in silver with a blue neon glow is a very good start.

The entire locker room was revamped with each players personal space a little more personal.

Locker Room Door Pistons

  • Pistons Players LoungeA new media wall to watch clips and videos game day along with one of the best in the biz Charles Klask to bring the team the stats they need to win.
  • A few steps away…a new players lounge with a big screen TV for players to relax and unwind.
  • Less of a drive, as the Pistons team plane now lands just a short drive from The Palace of Auburn Hills.
  • A revamped training area right next to the locker room doesn’t hurt either.
  • As for Pistons Fans….Come out to see the Pistons Opening Night and you’ll see things you’ve never seen before.
  • A new court.
  • New banners in the rafters.
  • A new video presentation.
  • New lighting.
  • New giveaways, one for almost every home game.
  • New theme nights (yes, there is a Star Wars Night FEB 10th).
  • Tons of new Video Features.
  • A new intro!
  • A new (and I won’t spoil it) kick off to the season for the Season Opener.
  • A new way of doing things.
  • New Twitter video boards in The Palace come Feb 14th to interact via Twitter with fans at The Palace.
  • A New Beginning.

We may not always want change, but it’s inevitable.  With Tom Gores and Co. changing things for the better, and giving Pistons fans a push towards a social media, digitally friendly, fan based environment ….we all win.

Jonas Jerebko's Locker

I haven’t been this excited to go the the season opener since we won the championship in 2004.

To a new and prosperous beginning….that remembers the past.

Good things don’t always come to an end, sometimes they just move into a different direction.

I’ll see you Opening Night!

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.

R.I.P. Detroit Pistons

 

Nowhere does it say that need to write my usual recap for the Pistons 94-110 loss to the Sixers. If you’re like me the past 48 hours of the saga that is Detroit Pistons basketball is enough to make your head spin. There was Dumars trying to work the phones at the deadline for Rip, who didn’t want to play in Cleveland or take their buyout offer and go to a contender. The there was the Dallas offer to trade Tay and his expiring contract for a first round draft pick.

They less than 24 hours later you have mutiny on the court. Team statement or not Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace, Chris Wilcox, Rodney Stuckey and Austin Day all “happened” to miss the pre-game shootaround before the Sixes game all citing different reasons.

The reasons are clear…the players don’t want to play for Kuester and they did something I didn’t think I would ever see, they staged their own protest.

Did it really have to come to this? Did they voice their feelings only to get nowhere? Is it truly that bad that they had to do this to a franchise that was already struggling to keep their heads above the water while trying to sell the team to an owner that wants them?

There were so many things going on on the floor that had less to do with basketball Friday night in Philadelphia.

I can’t side with anyone on this, because quite honestly I’m sick of it.

What I will do is commend the six Pistons who gave their all to be professional and do their job Friday night.

  • Will Bynum played all 48 minutes leading his team with 29 points, 6 assists, 5 boards, a steal and a whole lot of heart.
Will Bynum scores 29 against the Sixers

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Will Bynum: “It was a tough game, but I’m all right,“I’m a professional basketball player. I’m always ready to do whatever I have to do, play however many minutes I have to play. I didn’t play for two months. You think I was turning down 48 minutes? I ain’t crazy.” “I don’t have any thoughts on anything that’s going on. I just try to stay professional and positive throughout whatever’s going on. You know, because it’s still a business. It’s still my job to be a professional basketball player, so that’s what I’m trying to do.”

  • Jason Maxiell who played more Friday night that it seems like all year.
  • Greg Monroe added another double-double with 16 points and 11 boards.
  • A tired Charlie Villuneva with 17 points, 2 steals and 5 boards.
  • DaJuan Summer with his first career NBA start scored 10 points with an assist, a steal and 2 boards.
  • And Ben Gordon who was 6-for-17 for 16 points.
  • They were the heros, they put it all on the line.
  • And with Kuester getting tossed in the second quarter after two quick technical fouls…what did this team do to add to the black eye already on the franchise. They laughed from the bench.

Pistons Laughing after Kuster tossed

Awesome guys.

Video thanks to  OutsideTheNBA

Is this the bottom or does it get worse?

I have set up 4 Fantasy Basketball leagues for team Need4Sheed members (if you’re reading this that means you). I’m giving the information for two today and two more Saturday October 23rd . If you haven’t tried your hand at fantasy basketball here is your chance to go up against fellow Pistons fans. The winner of each league wins a Need4Sheed.com T-Shirt! So not only do you get bragging rights, you get custom clothing.

I ask just 2 things of those who participate:

There are a limited number of spaces so PLEASE join just one league to be fair to everyone.

Please make sure all your contact information is correct in your Yahoo profile (it’s free to join) so I have correct information at the end of the season to send the winners out their prizes.

That’s it!

Please Check the availability of the leagues at the top first.

Got to the Yahoo Fantasy Home page click Join League type in the appropriate League ID number I posted and password.

Live Draft Saturday Oct 23rd 2:00pm EDTRotisserie Scoring (15 Teams)

Need4sheed.com League 1 – League ID# is 102436

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Live Draft Sunday Oct 24th 3:00pm - Rotisserie Scoring (15 Teams)

Need4sheed.com League 2 League ID# 102440

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If you can’t make the live draft you can set your team to auto pick your favorites.

If these leagues fill up quickly you still have a chance on Tuesday. Good LUCK!