Kirkland Crawford Detroit Free Press Published 4:00 p.m. UTC Jul 11, 2018 At face value, it sounds nice. Get some former basketball stars — too old to play at the game's highest level yet too young to completely retire from competition — for a healthy run once a week during the summer. The Big3 league, featuring a host of former NBA All-Stars, drew more than 13,000 fans to Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., last week to watch four games of 3-on-3, half-court basketball where the first team to score 50 wins and players can shoot a 4-point shot. We'll see how many people pack Little Caesars Arena, beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, to see a few former Detroit Pistons, including Chauncey Billups, Corey Maggette and Jason Maxiell play, along with basketball icon and Detroit product George Gervin and former Detroit Shock boss Nancy Lieberman as coaches. For those interested in watching, the action begins on Facebook at 6 and on … [Read more...] about Who wins if Detroit Pistons, Michigan, MSU created Great Lakes-style Big3 league?
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Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 4:01 p.m. UTC Jul 6, 2018 LAS VEGAS — Rasheed Wallace was a problem for most defenders during the height of his playing days. Assured a place in Detroit Pistons history because of his role in landing the franchise its third title in 2004, Wallace was a matchup nightmare. You can add Malik Rose to the list of victims. The Pistons' new assistant general manager was asked Thursday to recall his biggest Pistons headache during a 13-year career in which he was part of two championships with the San Antonio Spurs. “He’s dropped me off a lot of times in my life, in our day,” Rose said with a chuckle. “He was the guy I looked at the most and said it’s going to be a long day. He’s 7-feet. He shoots it from (above his head). And he’s good.” More on the Pistons: Pistons will unveil 'pit bulls' during NBA summer league Windsor: Golden State Warriors just copying the path of past NBA champs … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons exec Malik Rose: ‘Long day’ facing Rasheed Wallace
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 11:41 p.m. UTC Jul 5, 2018 LAS VEGAS — Dwane Casey remembers his roots. Born in Indianapolis in 1957, he moved to Kentucky, the state where he started to make his name in basketball. Now the new Detroit Pistons coach, he was asked Thursday to acknowledge the top physical characteristic of rookies Khyri Thomas and Bruce Brown Jr. “They’re built like brick craphouses,” Casey said outside the Cox Pavilion on the UNLV campus. “That’s what you want. They are ready-made, ready-to-go. There’s not a lot of weight-lifting that they have to do. “The key is for most rookies is to learn the nuances of the NBA. That’s the most important thing they have to learn.” Casey used the newspaper-friendly version of the term speaking with reporters after the Pistons concluded preparations for Las Vegas summer league games, where the education of Thomas and Brown will begin in earnest starting Friday. … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons will unveil ‘pit bulls’ during NBA summer league
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 1:33 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Sitting in his living room Friday evening, Tom Gores mood can be described in one word. Hopeful. It’s four days after the Detroit Pistons announced the hiring of Dwane Casey as the 36th head coach in franchise history. Casey jumps right back into the fray, having led the Raptors to their best regular season ever in 2017-18. He was fired for his efforts. Gores, who has owned the Pistons since June 2011, feels fortunate that Casey was available after the deciding to plot a new course for the franchise when he fired Stan Van Gundy as team president and coach. More on the Pistons: Pistons coach Dwane Casey: 'Time is now' for team to contend Greatest Pistons player of all time? Vote now #DetroitGOAT But in an exclusive 30-minute interview session with the Free Press, Gores makes clear there a few other things on his mind. He had to be convinced Casey was the right man to lead a … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores: Firing SVG one of his ‘tougher’ calls
Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 11:24 p.m. UTC Jun 15, 2018 The Detroit Pistons' Bad Boys are often overlooked when discussing some of the greatest runs in NBA history. The Bad Boys, pieced together by general manager Jack McCloskey and coached by Chuck Daly, made five straight Eastern Conference finals from 1987-91, three consecutive NBA finals from 1988-90, and won back-to-back championships in 1989 and '90. Where do they stack up against the legions of great teams throughout league annals? ESPN's Kevin Pelton ranked the NBA's 50 greatest teams of all time this week. Related: How Isiah Thomas became the greatest Piston ever All-Palace Pistons teams, plus All-Palace opponents His methodology: Ranking every team since minutes played were first tracked in 1951-52 based on their performance in both the regular season and playoffs, adjusting for champions vs. non-champions, opponents, and leaguewide quality of play. Each season … [Read more...] about Where do Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boys teams rank among NBA’s greatest?