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Home for the very first time.

Who cares if it’s a preseason game, this Pistons fan is a little more than excited to watch her team on court at the Palace. Especially when we could have skipped this season entirely.

This will be the first time the Pistons step on court representing new ownership and I for one am excited to see the changes.

May the Gores be with you!

  • The good: Jonas is BACK, Brandon Knight.
  • The bad 0r maybe not: Still no Stuckey.
  • The unknown: Who really is going to play tonight.

Congrats go out to @Sneakerheadjfa , who is going to be sitting in my tickets tonight.

Make sure you follow me on Twitter for Live Game tweets from me at The Palace of Auburn Hills Tonight.

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

Tom Gores toonIt’s not like I didn’t see this one coming as soon as Tom Gores took over the team and The Palace of Auburn Hills. One of the last privately owned arenas is about to get a corporate sponsor.

I’m a bit sad to see the building become branded by some corporate sponsor, and I refuse to call the building The Office Depot Palace or something ridiculous like that (I still call Pine Knob…Pine Knob).

However, I can’t fault the man for trying to get money out of his investment. It’s not like the Pistons are raking in loads of cash these days.

Via Crain’s Detroit

The new owner of The Palace of Auburn Hills wants to sell the naming rights to the arena, according to a report.

The Los Angeles-based sports marketing and talent management firm Wasserman Media Group has been hired to broker a naming-rights deal for the Detroit Pistons’ home, according to an online story from the trade magazine Sports Business Journal Daily.

The outlet estimated a deal could be worth $2.5 million to $3 million annually.

The effort to find a corporate naming-rights deal comes after private equity billionaire Tom Gores bought The Palace, the Pistons and the management company Palace Sports & Entertainment Inc. for $325 million in June. That deal also included DTE Energy Music Theatre and the contract to manage Meadow Brook Music Festival for Oakland University.

A committee of executives from Gores’ Los Angeles-based Platinum Equity LLC oversees the business operations of PS&E, which operates The Palace. Former Los Angeles Dodgers executive Dennis Mannion was recently hired to as PS&E’s president.

“We’re not in this to get a bunch of money for a building name,” Mannion told Sport Business Journal. “But if we can get a deal that improves our fan experience and drives revenues, that’s where we want to go. We want a marketer that will bring novel execution.”

A deal could be with one company or several.

“Our job is evaluating what we can do to help augment the fan experience, but that could end with a recommendation for several sponsors instead of one big one,” John Brody, a Wasserman principal who heads its partnership and business development division, was quoted as saying.

It’s not very often that the Pistons introductions are broadcast on television, so when they are I always make sure I get them up for you. These intros feature a couple of our favorites, Will Bynum and Jonas Jerebko.


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The Pistons can’t go into the All Star break on a high note. Detroit let a winnable game go Wednesday night at the Palace as they lost 103-97 to the Kings.

Key Points:

  • What happened to Detroit’s defense. The Kings were shooting the lights out at the Palace. The Kings shot 51.3% on the night.
  • Ben Gordon, who Pistons fans had a glimmer of hope, was getting his shot back went 0-for-8 from the floor. And after seeing his post game interview in the locker room, I’m convinced he need a break more than most. Body language says it all.
  • Impressed as always with Kevin Martin, who put up 26 for the Kings as well as Evan and Casspi. Purple uniform or not, I still hate Andres Nocioni.
  • Why does Udrih burn the Pistons, no matter what team he plays for? He put up 22 off the bench for the Kings.
  • Tayshaun was clearly the Player of the game going 11-for-15 for 23 points, 5 boards and assist and a blocked shot in 35 minutes on the floor. It’s hopeful to see Tayshaun revering from injury and finally stepping up.

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  • Hate to say it, but Prince’s last two performances really helps his trade value.
  • Charlie Villanueva 4-for-8 for 11 points 3 boards and 1 assist. At this point, Jason Maxiell is totally outplaying him.  Charlie, we need a post presence, I know you like to shoot threes, but we already did this whole thing with another PF that just left the D for Green.
  • Ben Wallace still blocking shots and making hustle plays. Ben with 5 points, 13 boards, 2 steals and 2 blocked shots.
  • Rodney Stuckey put up 17 on 4-for-13 shooting with 9 assists, 4 steals, a blocked shot and 5 turnovers. It was one of those games when Rodney was doing whatever he could to make the push, but just couldn’t do it. It was also one of those games that late game turnovers from Rodney really hurt the Pistons chances of winning a game they had in their reach.
  • Stucktacular – Rodney Stuckey with the first half speedy layup buzzer beater.

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  • Rip Hamilton with 14 on 5-for-18 shooting, with 2 steals, 3 assists and 3 boards.  Do you realize Rip has the worst FG% of his NBA Career at 39%, and his worst 3 point % at 25.
  • Is it too much to ask for a little Austin Daye?  I really feel he needs some minutes.
  • Will Bynum looked a little tentative after tweaking his ankle a bit on Tuesday.  Will scored 8 with 4 assists.
  • Jonas Jerebko 10 points, 7 boards and a steal in 26 minutes.  His Swedeness is making this season a little easier to watch.  Don’t  forget to watch him in the Rookie Challenge on Friday night.
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  • The Kings pace was clearly too much for Detroit and the combination of the Pistons lack of D and quick shots from Sacramento did Detroit in.
  • The Pistons biggest lead was 8, while the Kings was 7.
  • Upset they lost this one, because they really are playing and better.
  • Board war tied at 41.
  • This one was hard to lose, it went back and fourth with 19 ties and 12 lead changes. Once again the Pistons folded in the closing minutes.
  • Don’t know if it was the snow, the Kings, the Pistons record, or a combination, but the crowd was very light at the Palace.
  • With all the injuries and the way the season has unfolded I’m sure that the Pistons can’t wait for the break.  I’m also quite certain Pistons fan don’t mind it much either.
  • Remember, February 18th is the NBA trade deadline.

Pistons 114 Timberwolves 122 (Box Score)

Defense…. We knew it was going to be a problem, and I know it’s the preaseon, but when you score 114 points that is usually an indication that you won the game.

Video Highlights

The 3-3 Pistons host their last preseason game a tonight at 7:30 PM at the Palace of Auburn Hills tonight against (YES) Bill Laimbeer and the 1-5 Minnesota Timberwolves.  Yes I know Bill’s not the head coach nor is he playing, but it’s nice to mention his name whenever I can.  Check out his return video interview at

The game isn’t on television, but you can listen to it from your radio on WWJ AM 950 or follow the gamecast over at

And if you cant do either…make sure you read a little on one of my favorites Antonio McDyess (Ice 4Dyess).

The season is right around the corner and PISTONS WEEK starts this Sunday at FSN!
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