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After each game this Pistons fan would to tell herself, “it’s ok things will get better.” And after each game of telling myself that, I looked into the mirror and realized how unrealistic and idiotic I was being.

I no longer utter those words to myself. Why? Because this team is a train wreck.Fennis Dembo

I’ve watched them through the teal years. I’ve watched the selection of Mateen Cleaves, Rodney White and Darko. I watched Fennis Dembo and William Bedford ride the bench, and even cheered for Pepe Sanchez when he got garbage minutes. And for some reason I have a maroon Stacey Augmon Pistons jersey.

So why after being so positive though all of my years as a fan has it come to this?

Andre Drummond NBA Detroit Pistons WallpaperBecause this year was supposed to be different. This was the year they were supposed to turned the corner after being in limbo for more years than I care to remember.  They have a superstar in Andre Drummond, but the pieces around him don’t fit the puzzle. This team is broken and I blame the one person I always gave a pass to.

In Joe Dumars I don’t trust…anymore.

In Joe Dumars I don't Trust

How do I loathe thee…let me count the ways.

  • Allen Iverson
  • Michael Curry
  • John Kuester
  • Keeping the Championship team together too long
  • Ben Gordon
  • Charlie Villanueva
  • Austin Daye
  • Rip Hamilton’s extended stay
  • A player mutiny
  • Jason Maxiell’s extended stay with a healthy payday

I can go on and on, but I won’t. It’s been said enough times by most of you. So now what?

Bless Joe D, he’ll still always be one of my favorite players of all time, and I thank him for the many years of happiness on court and off with the Pistons.


He brought us championships as a player and a GM,  but he also had many gifts fall in his lap like Greg Monroe, Andre Drummand and even Ben Wallace. They need a fresh start.

Tom Gores at The Palace

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I’m also not putting all the blame on Dumars, he had issues when he couldn’t do much during the sale of the team.  And I’ve seen enough of Tom Gores to know that he could care less about this basketball team.

You can spend hours of time and possibly your sanity on the trade machine, but things like that just never seem to work out.  Pistons fans are in a tough spot. You wish for a trade that may help this team in the future, but you’re afraid of the outcome of the trade.  It’s also terrible to think that this team miss out on anything before the deadline.

And do you trust that freed up cap space can be used wisely?

Charlie Villanueva and Ben Gordon

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I also can understand many of you who at this point would rather see this team tank for a pick then have them slide into the playoffs in the awful Eastern Conference only to get dismantled in the first round.

I don’t know why, but at times I feel the need to apologize myself for this mess to someone who cared more than all of us put together. Sorry Bill.

Bill Davidson

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So now we just sit back and watch this team that isn’t gelling get hammered by teams at the bottom of the barrel. But guess what…this team is the bottom of the barrel.

They need help, or a miracle.

The Pistons looked like a fresh new team Friday night on the road against Memphis.  They put themselves in a place to win their second game of the season on the road against a Grizzlie team that haven’t beaten in quite some time.

Something happened that we aren’t used to seeing, Chauncey Billups on the line with 52 seconds left in the game and he missed one.  That would have put the Pistons up five and probably put the game away. He also had a chance to win it in regulation, but his three just missed.  Instead Memphis dominated in overtime topping the Pistons 111-108.

Key Points:

  • I’m the first one to sit here and tell you I feel like Rodney Stuckey is a huge disappointment, but he came out in his first game of the season like gangbusters.  In fact if it weren’t for his strong play coming off the bench the Pistons may not have even been in the position to win this game. Rodney scored 19 points in 23 minutes on 8-for-13 shooting and was a +14 in the box. I hope Rodney proves me wrong this season.
  • Loved the stare down by Drummond on Miller after this dunk

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  • Detroit was close to putting it away and even closer when Josh Smith hit a triple to pout them up by six with a little over a minute left in the game. For every 47 ill advised triples Smith takes, he makes one big one. He was 3-for-11 from downtown. Smith took more threes than the entire Pistons team combined.
  • This was a balanced game with all starters in double figures except Billups as well as Caldwell-Pope, Singler and Stuckey off the bench.
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  • Great game from Caldwell-Pope, who finished with 13 points in 18 minutes most of which were in crunch time. His breakaway dunk in the fourth quarter rivaled one of Andre Drummond.
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  • Clearly Detroit needs to tighten up on the defensive end. They allowed a ton of easy baskets.
  • Greg Monroe was great again scoring 16 with eight boards and three steals. His scrappy play in all of his 41 minutes on the floor shows you that he does whatever it takes to win a game.
  • Smith finished with 19 points, five assists, eight boards and three blocked shots. He and Andre are going to make this team hard to dunk on.

Chauncey Billups: “I loved it,” he said. “We fought hard. We fought really hard. That’s a tough team over there. Western Conference finals last year, got some great players over there. So I was impressed. I learned a lot about our team today.”

  • When the Pistons got themselves up in the fourth quarter it was Monroe, Drummond and Caldwell-Pope who were turning heads and making plays.
  • Old friend Tayshaun Prince helped Memphis put this game away with 2 big shots.
  • Andre Drummond looks better every single game. He stayed out of foul trouble and put up 12 points with 16 boards. Yes…16! Add the two blocked shots and some swagger and you have a bright star in this league.
  • Celtics Sunday at The Palace Of Auburn Hills.

The 1-0 #Pistons are on the road to take on the 0-1 Grizzles in Memphis. Memphis looks to bounce back in their home opener, after taking a hit in their opener against a San Antonio team that knocked them out of the playoffs last year.

  • The good:Detroit will have Rodney Stuckey back in the lineup after recovering from a broken thumb he sustained a few weeks back. Brandon Jennings looks like he will return on Sunday against the Celtics, adding to the number of Detroit players who’ve donned a mask on court to protect their injuries.
    Memphis stands at 4-14 in home openers.
  • The bad: Memphis, is coming off the best season in franchise history and have won seven straight against Detroit.
  • The unknown: Who’s front court will dominate?  Detroit matches up well against Gasol, Randolph and our old friend Tayshaun Prince. If Drummond, Monroe and Smith have decent games the Pistons may be heading home for Sunday’s match-up with the Celtics 2-0.

Tip off is at 8:00 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.

Here goes another addition to my Video section on Need4Sheed.com.  As I was rifling though my archives I didn’t realize just how funny some of these 24 seconds bit were.  Who knew Sheed disliked cauliflower so much?

What I didn’t realize though was if I went through a  list of online sportsbook reviews  that Jason Maxiell would make so many appearances and Rip Hamilton really wanted to be a rap star.

Enjoy the 24 Second Vault

The permanent link to the gallery is here 24 Seconds.

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

It’s official, you can say goodbye to what was left of the 2004 #Pistons Championship team. Detroit was involved in a three team deal that came because Memphis wanted to move Rudy Gay.

How this one worked:
The Memphis Grizzlies trade forward Rudy Gay to the Toronto Raptors.The Grizzlies receive point guard Jose Calderon send Calderon and his $10.5 million expiring contract to the Pistons for Tayshaun Prince and Austin Daye. The Raptors also sent forward Ed Davis and a second-round pick to the Grizzlies. Memphis sent back center Hamed Haddadi to the Raptors.
Some like the deal and some don’t, but when you put nostalgia and Tayshaun’s mark on this Pistons team you realize what a good move it is for Detroit.

Tayshaun may not finish his career in Detroit, but he gets to play for a very talented Grizzlies team that has a legitimate shot at a Championship run.

Daye on the other hand probably wanted out of Detroit for quite some time. He never really made his mark and didn’t get the playing time or the patients that he needed. Hopefully he can get a fresh start in Memphis.

What Detroit gets is Jose Calderon, a legitimate true PG that knows how to find his teammates, rack up assists and score when needed. Don’t believe me, look at his stats. Even better, his 10 million dollar contract expires after this season.

It’s a win-win for Detroit. They either have over 30 million dollars of cap room after the season is over or they resign the PG they have been looking for.

And don’t worry about Brandon Knight, he’ll be just fine.

Prince was always a class act as you can see here in this interview of him after the Indiana game the first time he was talked to about the trade.


Via Fox Sports Detroit.

Thanks Tay, it was fun while it lasted.
Tayshaun Prince

The #Pistons fought to the final buzzer to beat the Orlando Magic for the second time in a week 104-102 Sunday night. Brandon Knight put up a career high 31 points and traded 3-pointers with J.J. Redick all night, but it was Knight’s consecutive threes that took the Pistons from three points down to leading by three late in the fourth quarter.

Key Points:

  • Detroit had a solid hold on the game in the first half, but the Magic came right back to squash the Pistons 13 point lead in the third quarter. From there it seemed like both teams were just trading baskets for the rest of the second half. You knew it was going to go down to the wire and it did.
  • This was a crazy finish that could have gone a different way. Just watch the final play and just how many chances that the Magic had to tie the game right at the rim.
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  • The buzz before the game even began was the deactivation of Rodney Stuckey for the Orlando game. Many Pistons fans speculated that maybe there was a trade in the works to Boston since the news came down about Rondo being out for the season with an Achilles injury. It can be a trade, but it can also be buffoonery. I doubt that Dumars would make a trade that helps Boston when they are vying for the last playoff spot with Detroit.
  • With Stuckey out of the mix Frank when with more minutes from Kyle Singler and 18 for Kim English who scored six points on 2-of-3 shooting.
  • Besides scoring doubts and turnover, the blowing double-digit leads needs to handled.
  • J.J. Redick also put up a career high 31 and looked like he cold knock down just about anything…well until it counted late in the game.
  • Greg Monroe scored 17 on 7-of-11 shooting with seven boards and six assists. He’s got to be one of the best passing big men in the league.
  • Brandon Knight may not be the best point guard, but he can sure shoot the three. Like him, love him or loath him, no matter how many points your PG score he should have more assists than zero. Despite that he played a great game. His career high 31 came on 12-of-16 shooting with five from downtown.

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  • It was a Bynumite night as Will seemed to know exactly where his teammates were and when to get them the ball. Bynum finished with 12 assists and nine points. His only knock on the night was a bad shot decision with too many seconds left on the clock late in the fourth when the Pistons were trying to put the game away.
  • Andre went scoreless playing just 16 minutes, but adding four boards and 2 blocked shots.
  • Singler played well scoring 10 with tow steals, three assists and three boards.
  • Charlie V has a couple of very timely baskets.
  • Home against the Bucks on Tuesday night isn’t a cakewalk.

The 16-26 #Pistons are Miami to take on the 27-12 Heat Friday night.

  • The good: Detroit took the last game against the Heat at the Palace.
  • The bad: The Heat have won five of the last six games against the Pistons in Miami. Losing a 17 point lead to Chicago Wednesday night.
  • The unknown: Will the Pistons ever consistently be able to hold a double-digit lead and win? This season the Pistons have lost 11 games in which they held a double-digit lead. Now that stat is depressing.

Tip off is at 7:30 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.

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The #Pistons lost in heartbreaking fashion Wednesday night at the United Center. After domination most of the game, things got sticky in the fourth quarter. Detroit lost a 17 point lead, then came back after the Bulls took a six point lead.

You can say it came down to this play, but had the Pistons not buckled in the fourth quarter they could have finally beat the Bulls. You be the judge on whether Noah stepped out of bound when he saved it.
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Key Points:

monroeGreg Monroe: “We had control of the game and it’s another one of those games where we lost control in the fourth quarter, but still, there were a lot of plays I could have made before that. We wouldn’t have been in the predicament we were. It’s definitely a tough loss. We were in position to win, but I think this game, the opportunities we had earlier in the game to make the deficit even bigger for them kind of came back to haunt us.” via Pistons.com

  • That’s 17 in a row that the Bulls have beaten the Pistons.
  • Before the fourth quarter started and the Pistons amassed their lead, the Bulls had to call a timeout to stop the bleeding after a Brandon Knight layup. The joy on the Pistons faces was something I haven’t seen from this team. They looked like they were having a blast taking it to the Bulls. Now they just need to remember that feeling and strive for it for 48 minutes.
  • It was a tough game to watch and I’m sure a tougher one if you’re a Piston. The United Center was packed, the Pistons had the Bulls where they wanted them. I know it’s the players on the court, but Frank needs do something when they start sliding. It was clear that they had everything they needed for a decisive win and that’s the coaches job to get them there.
  • Give credit to the Bulls for coming back on the back of Nate Robinson who played great, but to be quite honest I’m pretty tired of his antics. Call me when you win a Championship Nate, not a dunk contest.
    Rodney Stuckey had one of those nights, he finished with 11 on 5-of-16 shooting with three turnovers.

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  • Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 13 points and two boards and a really sweet blocked shot on Kirk Hinrich. Just two turnover on the night for Brandon, which is a good sign.
  • Greg Monroe 4-of-13 shooting for nine points and six assists. Greg I love ya but you’re almost seven feet tall…dunk the basketball.
  • Speaking of dunking, Andre Drummond is currently 6th in the league with 68, adding three against the Bulls. He finished the game with eight points, seven boards, a steal and a blocked shot. To me it’s quite clear he’s been the best player on this team, per minute in the last few months.
  • Another great game from Kyle Singler who scored 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
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  • Friday night against the Heat in Miami.

The 15-25 #Pistons are hosting the 14-26 Orlando Magic Tuesday Night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

  • The good: The Pistons are winners of 10 of their last 12 games.
  • The bad: Regardless of how the Magic are playing, the Pistons always seem to find a way to lose.
  • The unknown: How much better will Andre Drummond get? He’s currently ranked 9th in the league in rebounding (per 48 min) according to hoopsstats.com. And look at what Greg and Andre have done per 48. Detroit is currently #3 in the league at efficiently at the Center position.

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Tip off is at 7:30 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.

If you’re thinking of going to the Saturday night at the Palace, you can get tickets directly from the Pistons with NO FEES