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  1. G-man

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    Ex-Piston bounces back to the Euroleague
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    "The 6-foot-5 26-year-old played sparingly for the Pistons last season, appearing in seven games before being dealt to the Clippers in February. The Pistons, who were basically dumping salary, received future draft picks in return.

    In 25 NBA games last season, Acker averaged eight minutes and 2.9 points.

    Acker initially was selected by the Pistons with the last pick of the 2005 NBA draft. He played in just five games with the Pistons during his rookie season, spending most of it in the NBDL."

    Ex-Piston bounces back to the Euroleague | Detroit Free Press | Freep.com-




    Pistons Mailbag
    Keith Langlois True Blue Pistons

    "Tino (Krumbach, Germany): With the free agents and Austin Daye, everybody says the Pistons have become a better 3-point shooting team. Yet Villanueva is only a 32 percent 3-point shooter, which is worse than Prince and Hamilton, who are not regarded as great 3-point shooters. Daye like won’t get much playing time and will have to adapt to the NBA distance. The only danger from the arc is Ben Gordon and he doesn’t even start. Do you see 3-point shooting as a weakness still?

    Langlois: They’re probably not going to go from the bottom 10 percent in every 3-point category to the Orlando Magic overnight, Tino, but they’ve improved enough that it should be more of a neutral stat for them this year. Hamilton’s a terrific corner 3-point shooter but doesn’t take many from other spots and shoots about three a game (190 last season). Prince shoots fewer than two a game (141 in 82). Charlie Villanueva shot 258 last season and improved his career mark by shooting .345. That’s already pretty good for a big man and the expectation is that it will continue to improve. Villanueva still didn’t shoot it quite as often as Rasheed Wallace, who took 61 more attempts in 12 fewer games, but as you can see in my recent blog posting, Rasheed at Villanueva’s age wasn’t much of a 3-point shooter at all. Whether Gordon starts or not, he’s going to get enough minutes to squeeze off the six or so triples a game that will make him a major threat from the arc. Daye and Summers both have a chance to make a mark, Daye especially. And don’t be surprised if Rodney Stuckey begins to knock them down with greater frequency this season.

    Clark (Detroit): I feel like the last need for the Pistons is a low-post presence. Do you think Joe’s plan is to trade for Amare or Bosh this season if he can, and if he can’t to go into next summer with the mid-level exception and try again, as he has said, to field a lineup of five No. 2s?

    Langlois: Acquiring a player the caliber of Stoudemire or Bosh during the season is pretty tricky, Clark, and if their teams make those players available, they’re going to want a couple of young building blocks in return. I don’t think Joe Dumars is waiting around in the hope that Phoenix or Toronto put those players on the block, but he has gone about his summer with the intention of adding as many talented players to the roster as possible, both to give his coaching staff depth and options and to give him the most ammunition he can gather to take to the bargaining table. He said last spring that he considered the 2004 champions a team built essentially of five No. 2s – meaning it lacked a true superstar but had five players that would be the second-best player on other teams – but that doesn’t mean he’s committed to that formula or even that he intended to build the 2004 champions that way. I think his position is that a true No. 1 player is hard to get – there are far more NBA franchises than there are players he considers No. 1s – but that shouldn’t preclude your attempt to build a championship-contending team.

    Alex (Sterling Heights, Mich.): I was looking at ESPN.com and the free agency listing for 2009-10 doesn’t list Rodney Stuckey. I thought his contract was up after this season and that we would have to re-sign him. Could you shed some light on when his contract is up?

    Langlois: Stuckey would be eligible for restricted free agency following the 2010-11 season, his fourth year, just as Charlie Villanueva would have been a restricted free agent this summer, following his fourth year, if Milwaukee had made him a fifth-year qualifying offer, which the Bucks declined to do because it would have made it very difficult for them to avoid paying luxury taxes next summer. After his fourth year, the Pistons and Stuckey could negotiate a new, long-term contract or Stuckey could shop his services as a restricted free agent in hopes of landing an offer sheet that the Pistons would have the right to match. As long as Stuckey shows the progress the Pistons expect of him, the bottom line is that it’s pretty certain he’ll be their asset for at least three more seasons unless they choose to trade him. By the time the Pistons have to make a decision about Stuckey for the long term, the NBA should have a new collective-bargaining agreement in place that could change the way the league operates significantly."

    PISTONS: Pistons Mailbag - Thursday, September 3, 2009




    FIBA Americas Qualifier: Day 9
    Alfredo R. Berrios ESPNdeportes.com

    "Sacramento Kings forward Francisco Garcia is listed as doubtful for the Dominican Republic's quarterfinal game Friday against Canada.

    Coach Julio Toro confirmed the injury after Thursday's 86-73 victory over Mexico.

    "Francisco has a cut in one of his fingers. He basically has a nail out of place," Toro said. "I was told (Thursday) that he wouldn't be available and I haven't been told if he will be available (Friday)."

    Garcia is one of three NBA players in the Dominican roster. Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons and Al Horford of the Atlanta Hawks complete the list.

    Garcia averages 15.8 point per game in the tournament.

    The Dominican Republic defeated Mexico to keep its hopes alive. Luis Flores had 18 points and Villanueva 14 for the Dominican Republic (3-3).
    The Dominican squad plays Canada on Friday."

    FIBA Americas Qualifier: Day 9 - TrueHoop By Henry Abbott - ESPN




    Lucas: The Perfect Storm
    Adam Lucas Tarheel Blue

    "Everybody already knows about the star power at Smith Center pickup games. Thursday night might have been the first time the star power on the sidelines was equally as impressive.

    On the court, Antawn Jamison was posting up David Wear and Shammond Williams was defending Ty Lawson. But on the sidelines, Larry Brown was chatting up Vince Carter in one corner while Phil Ford greeted Jackie Manuel.

    Basically, it was the perfect storm of Carolina Basketball. Thursday was the annual coaching summit attended by virtually every member of the Tar Heel coaching tree. The coaches stayed in the old memorabilia room from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m., breaking only briefly for lunch, as they went over a variety of concepts and ideas for the upcoming season.

    Imagine this: Roy Williams kicks off another segment of discussion, this time about defending screens on the ball. He briefly describes the Tar Heel philosophy, then opens the floor for input from the rest of the crowd. It's not a lecture-type format; instead, it's an open forum. The event drew over 20 attendees, including those new to the coaching tree--Scott Cherry, the new head coach at High Point--and those with a bit more experience--Brown, who is with the Charlotte Bobcats. Matt Doherty flew in from Dallas, new Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester was on hand before his gig coaching in tomorrow night's alumni game, and Jeff Lebo added some SEC input."

    Lucas: The Perfect Storm - NORTH CAROLINA OFFICIAL ATHLETIC SITE




    What to watch: Getting to know you
    Freep

    "Hey, you can't tell the Pistons without a program -- and that program, "Pistons Recharged," debuts on FSD at 6:30 tonight, with replays Saturday (9:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m.) and Sunday (9 a.m.). The season preview will feature insight from Joe Dumars on the new faces: Ben Gordon, Charlie Villanueva, Austin Daye and coach John Kuester."

    What to watch: Getting to know you | Detroit Free Press | Freep.com




    Defense in Detail
    Keith Langlois True Blue Pistons

    "John Kuester and Pat Sullivan, one of the two assistant coaches from last season along with Darrell Walker who’ll be on Kuester’s Pistons staff, traveled to North Carolina on Wednesday night to take part in the celebration that begins the 100th season of North Carolina basketball.

    Both Kuester and Sullivan, of course, played under Dean Smith, and the brotherhood of Carolina basketball runs deep. They’ll serve as coaches for Friday night’s Alumni Game at the Smith Center before returning to Michigan and resuming the installation of their playbook and putting everything else in place in preparation for the Sept. 29 opening of training camp.

    It was fascinating to watch them over the course of this week as Kuester and his staff, including ex-NBA head coach Brian Hill and new video coordinator Steve Hetzel, brought to Detroit by Kuester from Cleveland, went over their defensive concepts in intricate detail.
    It served as phenomenal insight into the sophistication of modern NBA defenses, which is calculus to the algebra they were practicing a generation ago, complicated further by the rules change that bars defenders from standing in the lane without being arm’s length from an offensive player for more than three seconds.

    An example of “intricate detail” without giving away state secrets: In closing out on open shooters, defenders will be instructed to sprint to cover the first two-thirds of the distance and then cover the final third with shortened, choppy steps. Now, that might be something that comes instinctively to good defenders – put yourself in a less vulnerable position to the drive as you draw nearer the ballhandler – but this year, it will be part of the defensive doctrine.

    Another, and on this one, as one of the coaches pointed out, it’s not instinctive – in fact, defenders might have to fight their instincts at first: Conventional wisdom on defending the ball is to get in a stance with your feet evenly positioned and arms spread. The doctrine will be one foot in front of the other, the arm on the same side as the front foot tracing the ball, and the back foot remaining the back foot even as the offensive player feints left or right.

    The coaches must have spent 45 minutes drilling among themselves on these things and a handful of other concepts – where the weak-side help should position themselves as the ball swings from the top to the strong side; how to ensure, as the weak-side post defender is darting out of the lane to avoid a three-second call, that he isn’t leaving himself vulnerable to a wing ballhandler specifically waiting for him to vacate the area; how to defend a cutter slicing down the lane after setting a screen out high."

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    Pistons Team Report
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    GETTING INSIDE

    "Ben Wallace’s first stint with the Pistons ranks among the greatest success stories in franchise history. His return reeks of sentimentality as he closes the book on his career.

    Though his skills have tailed off dramatically since his career peaked in Detroit as the league’s four-time Defensive Player of the Year, Wallace became the latest frontcourt acquisition in the Pistons’ roster shakeup this summer. Wallace signed a one-year contract for the veteran’s minimum after agreeing to a $10 million buyout with Phoenix, which acquired him this offseason in the Shaquille O’Neal deal with Cleveland.

    Wallace disappointed many of his wig-wearing fans in 2006 by signing a splashy 4-year, $60 million contract with Chicago, which easily trumped the Pistons’ $50 million offer. But Wallace wasn’t close to being the same player in Chicago or Cleveland as he was in Detroit. The anger over Wallace’s departure has dissipated and news of his return brought a generally favorable response, tempered by lowered expectations. He will compete with Chris Wilcox and Kwame Brown for playing time at center.

    “This is the best situation for a 35-year-old Ben Wallace,” he said.

    Wallace left $4 million on the table in Phoenix to finish out his career in Detroit. It should increase the chances of his old No. 3 jersey getting hung in The Palace rafters after he retires.

    He was the face of the franchise during its ascent earlier in the decade. Now, the man with the famous ‘Fro has shorter, grayer hair and a lot less explosion in his legs.

    Wallace believes he can still make a difference on the defensive end, though the Pistons have shifted their philosophy with the free-agent signings of gifted scorers Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva.

    “In order to be a great team in this league, you have to play defense,” he said. “Teams that play defense are the ones that win night in and night out. Teams that come down and try to beat you on the offensive end, they’re not real consistent.”

    Back in a Pistons’ uniform, Wallace expects the fans to give him a warm welcome. He believes his past accomplishments with the organization will overshadow any lingering ill will from his surprising departure three years ago."

    Pistons Team Report - NBA - Yahoo! Sports
     

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