Pistons vs. Wizards Oct 13 at Van Andel Wood TV8 "GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - The Detroit Pistons will make their seventh consecutive trip to Grand Rapids to play a preseason game in the Meijer Basketball Classic at Van Andel Arena at 7 p.m. on October 13 against the Washington Wizards. The Pistons will face their former head coach, Flip Saunders, who is now the head coach of the Wizards. Ticket prices for the Meijer Basketball Classic range from $17 to $270. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. September 10 and will be available at the Van Andel Arena and DeVos Place box offices" WOOD TV8 | Pistons vs. Wizards Oct 13 at Van Andel FIBA Americas Qualifer: Day 10 Alfredo R. Berrios ESPNdeportes.com "The Canadian coach applauded their opponent's poise and effort on the court, being that they never gave up despite blowing an eight-point lead at halftime. "I tip my hat off to the Dominican Republic. They're a talented team that worked from start to finish," Rautins said. Rautins and the Canadians will now face Brazil. "We have the opportunity to play every team that has beaten us. We have that second chance," Rautins added. Jermaine Anderson led Canada with 21 points, Carl English scored 13, Jesse Young had 11 and Levon Kendall added 10 with 11 rebounds. Aaron Doornekamp scored eight points and made two crucial baskets in the victory. Canada hasn't qualified for a FIBA World Championship since 2002 when they finished in 13th place. The Dominicans haven't qualified for the FIBA World Championship since 1978. Luis Flores and Charlie Villanueva both scored 17, while Al Horford finished with 14 points and 14 rebounds in defeat." http://myespn.go.com/blogs/truehoop/0-44-17/FIBA-Americas-Qualifier--Day-10.html You Asked, I'll Answer (Part IV) Michael Lee Washington Post "The Pistons made the biggest splashes this summer in signing Ben Gordon and Charlie Villanueva, but I'm still scratching my head to understand how adding Gordon doesn't duplicate some of the same problems Detroit had last season with Allen Iverson. He might be more willing to play the role of sixth man, but he really only thinks one thing when he's on the floor -- fire away! With Villanueva also in tow, I think Detroit will be competitive, but new coach John Kuester will have to be really creative to get this group to share the ball." You Asked, I'll Answer (Part IV) - Wizards Insider Williams takes special honor in capturing essence of Daly Scott Howard-Cooper, for NBA.com "There will be motivational moments the publisher expects to be applicable for everyone from teenage school kids to corporate CEOs. There will be a chain of quick-hitting chapters with quirky titles. And there will be basketball stories that translate into life lessons. Mostly, there will be Chuck Daly. "Daly Memories" is the book he talked about but never got to do before dying May 9, some two months after the Pistons announced he was being treated for pancreatic cancer. It is scheduled for release by Advantage Books on Nov. 15, early in the first season without the Hall of Fame coach. Pat Williams, the Magic senior vice president and a veteran author, took on the project with an understandable appreciation. The entire NBA had an affection for Daly, but Williams had a history -- he was general manager of the 76ers when Daly was hired as an assistant coach in 1978. He was also in the Magic front office when Daly spent two seasons coaching in Orlando in what would be the final stop of a career with a .593 winning percentage and two championships with Detroit. "This incredible work of life, this incredible valley of information," Williams said. "What a unique man." Williams said he did close to 100 interviews, from family members and friends from Daly's youth to the more-familiar names from his time in college and pro basketball, the players, former colleagues, team executives and media members who crossed paths during 78 years of life. Joe Dumars, Bill Laimbeer and Rick Mahorn. Hubie Brown, Billy Cunningham and Rick Carlisle. Rollie Massimino, Bucky Waters and Vic Bubas. Dick Harter, Jack McCloskey and Ron Rothstein. Brendan Suhr and Brendan Malone." NBA.com: Williams takes special honor in capturing essence of Daly Reflection with Dick Vitale NBA Breakdown "The NBA Breakdown crew reflects back on a chat with Hall of Famer, Dick Vitale. It was an awesome conversation that saw the legendary ESPN announcer provide his take on the 2009 NBA playoffs and March Madness tourney. He also shared who he thought was the #1 college player of all time and why it was a good thing that the Detroit Pistons fired him. The NBA Breakdown - For hoops talk, the way it should be!" Reflection with Dick Vitale 9/5/2009 - The NBA Breakdown on Blog Talk Radio Allen Iverson Talks Free Agency Better Lawyers in Dallas (VIDEO) Allen Iverson Talks Free Agency | Better Lawyers In Dallas Who's Winning The NBA Off-Season? NBA Games "So which NBA teams are having outstanding offseasons, in terms of personnel changes that will make them better next season? The Pistons are third in Ford's rankings, drawing praise for signing Gordon (whom Ford calls arguably the best free agent on the market). Detroit also signed Gordon's former UConn teammate Charlie Villaneuva -- but, c'mon, are these moves really sufficient to say the Pistons are having the league's third-best offseason?" NBA Games: Who's winning the NBA's offseason?