Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 7:00 PM EDT Jul 21, 2019 Go through the gallery for Rod Beard’s ranking of the Pistons in value for 2019-20. Go here if you are having trouble seeing the gallery. The Detroit Pistons are at a critical point in their evolution. After being a reported candidate to land Russell Westbrook in a trade, they’re in an odd spot. They’re one or two players from being a true contender in the Eastern Conference. They’re also one or two players from being one of the worst teams in the NBA. Blake Griffin’s injury late in the season helped drop them from a potential No. 6 seed to eighth, where they were swept out by the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks. Fans welcomed the idea of trading for another superstar to bolster the roster, but it would have damaged their depth, specifically with young players under rookie contracts. Under the front office led by Ed Stefanski, the Pistons have added a young core through the draft and trades, … [Read more...] about Rod Beard ranks the Detroit Pistons in value for 2019-20
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Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 6:01 AM EDT May 10, 2019 The brain trust overseeing the construction of the Detroit Pistons’ home appears to have thought of it all. Players will note as soon as they move through doors from the parking area there is a conference room for personal matters. A short distance later there is a small barbershop for grooming. There will be a concierge area to greet players with mail or reminders of upcoming appointments. Turn left and the players’ locker room is to the left, the kitchen and lounge area to the right. A large video room which seats 28 is adjacent to the lounge area. The hallway spills out on to two basketball courts, which will be the symbolic center of the Henry Ford-Detroit Pistons Performance Center scheduled to open in the fall. “You get your nourishment, you start to get your mind ready, you get fed, you get dressed and then you walk out to training and then onto the court,” Pistons vice chairman Arn … [Read more...] about The Detroit Pistons ‘will love’ their new practice facility
Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 9:36 PM EDT Oct 15, 2018 The Pistons haven’t won a playoff series in a decade; they haven’t even won a playoff game since falling to the Boston Celtics in the 2008 Eastern Conference Finals. There’s been a lot of LeBron James dominating the East in the interim, but the Pistons look to have their best chance to end that drought with the squad they’ve assembled for this season. After acquiring Blake Griffin at the trade deadline last season, they stumbled and finished 39-43, finishing ninth in the East. With a healthy Griffin and Reggie Jackson returning, the Pistons are ready to challenge not only for a postseason spot, but Griffin said at media day that they’re aiming to host a first-round series. First-year coach Dwane Casey and the Pistons will need a lot of things to go right for them to achieve that goal. Here’s a look at five things they’ll need to do to make the playoffs: 1.Stay healthy This one … [Read more...] about Five things the Detroit Pistons need to reach the playoffs
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 11:49 p.m. UTC Aug 12, 2018 I have a complicated relationship with ESPN’s trade machine. On one hand, it’s a go-to resource to learn if a trade rumor is feasible. But on the other, if gives license for fans to play backseat general manager and send you fantasyland trade proposals — proposals that somehow land Kevin Durant for every player on the roster they would like banished from existence. Sachin Gupta laughs Wednesday afternoon when I explain that his invention has become a bane for sports writers. But it’s clear in a 20-minute phone conversation with the newest member of the Detroit Pistons front office, Gupta brings ambition and energy to the organization. And those days as a software engineer at ESPN where he helped to develop the trade machine served as a small step during his rise. “(Joining an NBA front office) wasn’t the goal of taking on the project," said Gupta, who was named assistant … [Read more...] about The Detroit Pistons just hired the developer of ESPN’s trade machine
Jamie Samuelsen Special to the Detroit Free Press Published 6:56 p.m. UTC Jun 7, 2018 Jamie Samuelsen, co-host of the "Jamie and Stoney" show at 6 a.m. weekdays on WXYT-FM (97.1), blogs for freep.com. His opinions do not necessarily reflect those of the Detroit Free Press nor its writers. You can reach him at [email protected] and follow him on [email protected] Who would be the best fit and hire for the Detroit Pistons? Dwane Casey or Ime Udoka? The Pistons have done some confounding things over the years. (John Kuester, anyone?) But this current basketball purgatory that they’ve put themselves in takes the cake. The Pistons last played a game on April 11. They then spent about a month deciding whether or not they wanted to keep Stan Van Gundy as president and head coach. On May 7, Tom Gores announced that Van Gundy would not return. Since that time, other than allowing GM Jeff Bower’s contract to run out and bringing in Ed Stefanski as a senior adviser, … [Read more...] about Dwane Casey or Ime Udoka to coach the Detroit Pistons? What’s the hold up?