McDyess summons his inner Tayshaun

by | Dec 13, 2008 | 13 comments

McDyess made sure his homecoming was one to remember, especially after his standing ovation right before the tip. The Pistons organization made such a great welcome home video for McDyess that was played on the big screen before the game started that it had me, as well as other Pistons, fans teary eyed. (They didn’t broadcast the video during the game so I don’t have it. I’m told they are going to have it on

UPDATE: Here’s a video taken from the stands – thanks to altan in the comments.

Dyess didn’t disappoint in the Pistons’ 114-110 win over the Pacers.

He even recreated “the block.” It wasn’t on the most famous Pacer Reggie Miller, but it was impressive nonetheless.

Video Courtesy of The NBA, The Detroit Pistons and FSN

The Antonio McDyess Block (Video)

Here is the McDyess post game interview where he talks about the block as well as a few Diggity highlights.


  1. The Fluidics

    Pistons really owe that win to McDyess, his defense in the 4th really kept them in the game. Great game for Stuckey too. Curry was still having trouble with his timeouts, but the team will certainly benefit from Dyess’s heart on the floor and in the locker room.

  2. Jessiica

    Natalie can you please show us the big screen where it got fans teary eyed PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!

  3. The Fluidics

    It was pretty nice. Started with the plane ariving, the drive from metro to the palace, and the fan lined corridors, all set to the welcome back cotter theme song. I was surprised it wasn’t on the replay.

  4. Amer ican Prince

    Can we really call that a Tayshaun anymore? He hasn’t made one of those blocks in like 2-3 seasons. I know Tays block was big, I’ve seen plenty of other players do that, and Lebron does that like once a game now. Just pointing that out.

    All in all Dyess took this game, he brings the intangibles that no one else on this team worries about. You know I saw a dynamic between AI and Dyess I didn’t think I would see. I always assumed Sheed would be AI’s go to big, but after watching the two on the pick and roll this game, I’m really going to be interested to see how well Dyess and AI work together.

    And I’m tired of seeing our perimiter guys jack up bad shots in the 4th quarter trying to pad their stats or whatever. Rip has done it, AI has done, this game it was Tayshaun

    Starting to really not like the new system Michael Curry has put in. Obviously Danny Granger took advantage of this stupid small ball line up, and went for over 40. (I swear I never saw Danny Granger being this good this fast)

    And I agree with both The Fluidics and Jessiica

  5. Will

    Dyess is the epitome of SOLID. He is the steady, lead-by-example kind of consistency and leadership that the Pistons really need now that Chauncey is gone. And Dyess is really still under-rated as a player – his post D is rock, his 15ft elbow jumper is one of the most consistent in the game, and he plays extremely hard without making mental mistakes.

    Great man, great baller.

  6. C-Quense

    I allready bought my Dyess authentic home jersey at, since his re-arrival.
    I was hoping the whole Palace is wearing his jersey at his comeback night…

  7. Exzile

    McDyess’ return couldn’t have been better. There was more chemistry between him and AI than with any other Piston this season (with the exception of Herrmann that one game). Hopefully his leadership and win-now attitude positively amp up the rest of the team. I’d like to see Amir get some time with him.

    Ice for Dyess!!!!!!!

  8. mobius909

    awwwwwwweeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! i got choked up how they had the lineup and stuff. made it seem like we all drove him home from DTW.

    gyuuuhh, i’ll be ok.

  9. The Fluidics

    I’d agree on the Prince block thing if it wasn’t for the fact that every time Reggie calls a Pistons game they show “the block” and dog him about it. It’s not he or Lebron or anybody does it all the time, it’s that it’s that one play, late in the playoffs, by a virtually unknown Tayshaun, was essentially his coming out to the league.

    I was remebering last night at the game, about how much you used to HATE the Pacers. Now they might as well be the Bucks. The Who? Oh yeah, the Pacers, I remember them.

    Poor Reggie.

  10. Richie

    I agree that without Dyess we lose this game. His defense, his consistant scoring ability and all of the little things were huge here.

    Regarding the Taysahun style block- are people seriously complaining about that reference? He may not have had one of that style this season, but to say it hasn’t happened in 2-3 years is just foolish. The last I can recall was last year against Nate Robinson. He has had multiple clutch defensive plays though- including in the playoffs last year against Hedo, and even last night when he blocked TJ Ford who could have sent the game into overtime with that up and under floater before Tay got a hand on it.

  11. The Fluidics

    I summoned my inner Tayshaun and din’t show up for an autograph session.

    I keed, I keed.

    I showed up.

  12. Whatsittoya

    Mcdyess, Hamilton, and Stuckey are the only hard playing players Detroit has.


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