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  • Former Pistons coach Chuck Daly dies ( led Detroit to 2 NBA rings and the original Dream Team)

    05/09/2009 9:16:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 12 replies · 1,363+ views
    UPI ^ | 5/9/2009
    JUPITER, Fla., May 9 (UPI) -- Chuck Daly, who coached the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back NBA titles, died Saturday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 78. Daly, who was diagnosed with cancer in March, died in Jupiter, Fla., surrounded by his family. Known as the ultimate players coach, Daly led the Pistons to NBA titles in 1989 and 1990 and coached the original Dream Team to the Olympic gold medal in 1992. Daly affectionately earned the nickname "Daddy Rich" for his perfectly fitting dapper suits, The Detroit Free Press reported Saturday. "Tailoring covers your sins," Daly once said. Daly,...
  • Former Pistons Coach Chuck Daly Dies

    05/09/2009 4:04:04 AM PDT · by PurpleMan · 13 replies · 1,636+ views
    WXYZ -Detroit ^ | 09 May 09
    Former Pistons and Hall of Fame Coach Chuck Daly died Saturday morning in Jupiter, Florida with his family by his side. The 78-year-old was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in February
  • Obituary: William "Bill" Davidson [86, Detroit Pistons owner, archaeology buff]

    03/16/2009 6:02:11 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies · 995+ views
    Israel National News ^ | Adar 21, 5769 / March 17, 2009 | Malkah Fleisher
    William "Bill" Davidson, billionaire Jewish philanthropist, owner of the Detroit Pistons basketball team, and businessman, has passed away at the age of 86. Davidson was a long-time lover of Israel and philanthropist who gave to the Jewish State. After the Yom Kippur war, he and fellow Detroit area philanthropist Dr. Lloyd J. Paul were flown to Israel by Prime Minister Golda Meir and given the Prime Minister's Club award for outstanding philanthropic deeds towards Israel. In 2007, Davidson and his wife, Karen, gave $75 million to the Hadassah University Medical Center at Ein Kerem in Jerusalem. The gift is being...
  • Bulls beat Pistons to make it a series

    05/15/2007 7:54:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 2 replies · 202+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | May 15, 2007 | LARRY LAGE,
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Suddenly, it's a series. Ben Gordon scored 28 points and the hot-shooting Chicago Bulls beat the Detroit Pistons 108-92 Tuesday night in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, pulling to 3-2 in the series. Detroit opened the series with two routs and made a big comeback in the third game, leading some to predict it would end with a sweep — or in five games at the most. Obviously, the Bulls had other plans. Game 6 is Thursday night in Chicago and if Game 7 is necessary, it would be Monday night back on the...
  • Detroit produces the top teams in both the NBA and NHL

    04/19/2006 8:04:29 PM PDT · by jazzo · 73 replies · 1,129+ views
    Yahoo Sports ^ | 04/19/2006 | Larry Lage
    DETROIT (AP) -- Hockeytown or Hoopstown? Detroit is both. The top teams at the end of the NBA and NHL regular seasons are from the same city for the first time, with the Pistons and Red Wings combining to pull off the feat for the Motor City. "It's always cool to be a part of anything that hasn't happened before," Joe Dumars, the Pistons' president of basketball operations, said Wednesday in an interview with The Associated Press. "This is a great sports town, and the fans around here are about to really have some fun following both teams." The Red...
  • NBA docks Kings $30,000 for video stunt

    11/15/2005 9:41:50 AM PST · by kingattax · 8 replies · 318+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Nov. 14, 2005
    NEW YORK -- The Sacramento Kings were fined $30,000 by the NBA on Monday for showing derogatory images of Detroit on video screens prior to their home opener against the Pistons. When the Pistons were introduced Nov. 8, the Arco Arena scoreboard flashed pictures of abandoned buildings, burned-out cars, piles of rubble and other negative images of Detroit. The Pistons won the game 102-88. The Kings apologized that night and owners Joe and Gavin Maloof bought full-page ads that ran in The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press, expressing "great respect for Detroit's long and rich tradition as a landmark...
  • San Antonio Spurs vs. Detroit Pistons: Game 7 for the 2005 NBA World Championship Title

    06/23/2005 5:02:24 PM PDT · by gopwinsin04 · 392 replies · 5,478+ views
    ABC Sports ^ | June 23, 2005 8:30 PM local time | Al Michaels
    Lets do this! The title belt is on the line tonight...
  • NBA FINALS - LIVE THREAD - Detroit Pistons vs San Antonio Spurs

    06/09/2005 6:04:59 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 217 replies · 3,858+ views
    ABC | 6-9-05
    And we are almost tipped off. Let's get it on! GO PISTONS! REPEAT!
  • Pistons fan suspected of throwing coin at opposing player

    04/27/2005 9:47:19 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 13 replies · 614+ views
    ap ^ | 4-27-05
    Pistons fan suspected of throwing coin at opposing player 4/27/2005, 6:09 a.m. ET The Associated Press AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — A Detroit Pistons fan was arrested Tuesday night after the Philadelphia 76ers' Allen Iverson was struck with a coin at The Palace of Auburn Hills, police said. The incident did not escalate into a confrontation on the scale of the Nov. 19 Palace brawl involving Pistons fans and Indiana Pacers players. Iverson was hit while sitting on the bench with about two minutes left in the 76ers' first-round playoff game against the Pistons, Auburn Hills police Sgt. Rick Leonard...
  • Man accused of throwing chair during Palace brawl pleads no contest

    03/29/2005 8:39:44 AM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 13 replies · 635+ views
    ap ^ | 3-29-05 | Sarah Karush
    Man accused of throwing chair during Palace brawl pleads no contest 3/29/2005, 10:48 a.m. ET By SARAH KARUSH The Associated Press PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A fan charged with throwing a chair during one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history pleaded no contest Tuesday to one count of felony assault and one count of misdemeanor assault and battery. Bryant Jackson was the only one of the 13 Indiana Pacers players and Detroit Pistons fans charged with a felony for their alleged role in the Nov. 19 melee at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Oakland County Circuit Judge Rae...
  • Bush welcomes Pistons to the White House

    01/31/2005 3:08:38 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 12 replies · 528+ views
    AP ^ | 1-31-05 | Nedra Pickler
    Bush welcomes Pistons to the White House; coach Brown says he's staying put 1/31/2005, 5:27 p.m. ET By NEDRA PICKLER The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Basketball Association champion Detroit Pistons visited the White House on Monday, and coach Larry Brown made it clear he has no plans to leave the team. "I'm not going to coach anywhere but Detroit," Brown said after he and his team met President Bush in an East Room reception. "It's my last pro coaching job." Asked if he would take a college coaching job, Brown said, "Oh, I don't look at that."...
  • Dog Relieves Itself on Court, Delays Game (Pistons-Orlando Magic game)

    01/19/2005 7:38:32 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 14 replies · 563+ views
    ap ^ | 1-19-05
    Dog Relieves Itself on Court, Delays Game Wed Jan 19, 6:18 PM ET Strange News - AP ORLANDO, Fla. - Who didn't let the dog out? A stink was raised during halftime of the Detroit Pistons-Orlando Magic NBA game on Tuesday night when the start of the second half was delayed by three minutes after a guide dog relieved itself on the court. The dog was with a charity organization, Canine Companions for Independence, that was receiving a $10,000 donation from the Orlando Magic Youth Foundation. When the Pistons came out for warmups, Rasheed Wallace walked up to the lane...
  • Attitude Adjustment Is Due

    11/26/2004 10:27:23 AM PST · by 7thson · 35 replies · 2,336+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | November 26, 2004 | Thom Loverro
    Mixed in with all the beatdowns and battles that dominated sports this past week was this little action by the NFL - Indianapolis Colts tight ends Marcus Pollard and Dallas Clark were each fined $5,000 for the "jump-and-bump" routine the two had taken to performing after scoring a touchdown.
  • HBO: inside the NFL - Bob Costas blames talk radio for fan behaviour in Detroit

    11/24/2004 9:55:04 PM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 38 replies · 3,666+ views
    Inside the NFL show on HBO ^ | November 26, 2004 | Bob Costas
    Just finished watching this week's edition of Inside the NFL on HBO and in the first ten minute segment Bob Costas, Dan Marino, Chris Collinsworth and Cris Carter talked about the incident from the Pacers/Pistons game in Detroit last Friday night and the implications for the NFL. In summary Bob Costas blamed fan behaviour in Detroit and in general on talk radio, a totally outrageous statement.
  • W Got Game!

    11/24/2004 9:55:19 AM PST · by korlapundit · 3 replies · 371+ views
    KorlaPundit.com ^ | 11/23/04 | Korla Pundit
    Who needs Ah-Nold? We already have an action-hero President!
  • Fan at center of Pistons-Pacers brawl calls Artest a `thug' (Has several priors)

    11/23/2004 3:48:45 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 37 replies · 3,178+ views
    AP ^ | 11-23-04
    Fan at center of Pistons-Pacers brawl calls Artest a `thug' 11/23/2004, 2:43 p.m. ET The Associated Press WEST BLOOMFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit fan who authorities say threw a cup that hit Indiana forward Ron Artest and started a brawl during a Pistons-Pacers game described the player Tuesday as a "thug." John Green, a 39-year-old contractor from the Detroit suburb of West Bloomfield Township, made the comments during an appearance with his lawyer, Shawn Smith, on ABC's "Good Morning America." "Ron Artest went through the stadium punching people the whole night," Green said. "He was being a thug."...
  • Firm stand on fans gone wild

    11/23/2004 12:37:54 PM PST · by M 91 u2 K · 62 replies · 3,786+ views
    The Daily News ^ | 11/23/04 | Mike Lupica
    New York Daily News - http://www.nydailynews.com Firm stand on fans gone wild Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004 Ron Artest got his, and good. Now he loses a season out of his basketball prime, and his earning prime, because he couldn't control himself. He crossed the line and went into the stands and paid the highest price anyone in his sport has ever paid. Artest was helpless in that moment against his own temper and impulses and perhaps even his own demons. "They said everything to Jackie Robinson in 1947," Doc Rivers was saying yesterday. "If he didn't go into the stands,...
  • Today Show: Delusional Artest Fails to Apologize, Says "It's Time to Move On"

    11/23/2004 4:59:48 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 214 replies · 8,920+ views
    The Today Show | governsleast governsbest
    Today scored a major exclusive this morning with the first TV interview of NBA player Ron Artest, who as FReepers who've spent the last week on the other side of the moon might not know, has been suspended for the remainder of the season for charging into the stands and attacking fans. This is a case in which mere words, even a verbatim transcript, would be insufficient to fully convey the full flavor of the interview. In a follow-up interview, NBA Players' Union head Billy Hunter acknowledged to Katie that Artest was "not very articulate." But that does not begin...
  • BRAWL IN THE FAMILY

    11/23/2004 5:30:58 AM PST · by MrBallroom · 13 replies · 783+ views
    The American Partisan ^ | 23 November 2004 | Timothy Rollins
    BRAWL IN THE FAMILY by Timothy Rollins, Editor and Publisher November 23, 2004 What in the world has become of sports these days? I'm not just talking about the athletes who have long been out of control, but now that venomous contagion has spread into the ranks of the paid attendance as well. Take for example the latest example of both athletes and fans behaving very badly, no; make that atrociously or rather, criminally.We begin with the granddaddy of all fights, the basketbrawl showdown (yes, you read correctly) between the Indiana Pacers and the defending NBA champion Detroit Pistons where...
  • Amoral Media, Low-life Fans, Spoiled Athletes And Beer (Dennis Prager On Values Alert)

    11/22/2004 9:21:55 PM PST · by goldstategop · 10 replies · 924+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | 11/23/04 | Dennis Prager
    Two recent events in the world of professional sports offer important insights into American life today. The NFL story concerns an ad ABC TV showed before Monday Night Football to promote its hit show "Desperate Housewives." As described by USA Today, the ad "showed towel-clad actress Nicollette Sheridan trying to entice Philadelphia Eagles star Terrell Owens to skip the game. He agrees as she drops the towel and rushes into his arms." ABC and the NFL have apologized. The NBA story concerns the worst American sports riot in memory. At the Detroit arena, members of the Indiana Pacers ran into...
  • No Charges Imminent After Basketball Brawl

    11/22/2004 6:27:56 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 14 replies · 836+ views
    ABC News ^ | November 22, 2004
    If charges are filed, they probably would be for assault and battery, a misdemeanor that could bring a three-month jail sentence, said David Gorcyca, the Oakland County prosecutor. The only possible felony charge could be against the person who hurled a chair into the crowd.
  • Oakland (Michigan) prosecutor: Players, fans, personnel could be charged

    11/21/2004 11:15:53 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 24 replies · 2,031+ views
    ap ^ | 11-22-04
    Oakland prosecutor: Players, fans, personnel could be charged 11/22/2004, 12:29 a.m. ET The Associated Press PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — Fans, players and other team personnel could face criminal charges for their roles in a brawl that broke out at the end of a Detroit Pistons-Indiana Pacers game at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Oakland County Prosecutor David Gorcyca said. Gorcyca said he repeatedly viewed a videotape of the melee at Friday night's game. He said authorities have identified and questioned a fan who they say threw a cup that hit Indiana's Ron Artest and started the brawl. The fan "admits...
  • NBA suspends Artest for rest of season; eight players get shorter bans

    11/21/2004 4:05:38 PM PST · by El Conservador · 133 replies · 5,417+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | November 21, 2004 | CHRIS SHERIDAN
    NEW YORK (AP) -- Ron Artest was suspended for the rest of the season Sunday as the NBA came down hard on three members of the Indiana Pacers for fighting with fans when a melee broke out at the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons. Overall, nine players from the teams were banned for more than 140 games, including some of the harshest penalties the league ever issued. Artest is the first player to be suspended for nearly an entire season for a fight during a game. ``The message the league sent was so powerful to players that...
  • Artest suspended for rest of the season (Not 30 games) - ESPNNEWS

    11/21/2004 3:21:07 PM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 133 replies · 3,740+ views
    ESPNNEWS | 11-21-04
    ESPN NEWS Station - Artest out for season.
  • How about a little thought from the other side on the NBA riot, huh? (Vanity)

    11/21/2004 11:52:18 AM PST · by The Black Knight · 10 replies · 529+ views
    Me | Today | The Black Knight
    Why is everything Ron Artest's fault? Why? Do hard fouls happen in games? Yup. I don't like to give up free baskets myself in basketball, and I consider myself to be a very sportsmanlike player. Would I have fouled THAT hard? Nope. Does it happen all the time in the NBA, NCAA, high school, middle school, even Y ball? Yup. And it could have ended there. Had Big Ben Wallace not decided to put his big mitt in another player's face. Hey, I don't like being fouled hard either. And I get hard fouls all the time, as I love...
  • Artest To Get 30-Game Suspension For Brawl, Station Reports

    11/21/2004 8:30:36 AM PST · by Stew Padasso · 153 replies · 4,741+ views
    Artest To Get 30-Game Suspension For Brawl, Station Reports WDIV-TV In Brawl Says 4 Players Suspended POSTED: 10:24 am EST November 21, 2004 UPDATED: 11:17 am EST November 21, 2004 The National Basketball Association suspended four players involved in Friday night's fight at The Palace of Auburn Hills. WDIV-TV in Detroit is reporting today that Ben Wallace of the Pistons and Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal of the Pacers will be suspended for the following number of games: Ron Artest -- 30 Games Stephen Jackson -- 20 Games Jermaine O'Neal -- 20 Games Ben Wallace -- 5 Games...
  • A new low - Only solution for NBA is to get rid of the guy who's the problem (Artest)

    11/20/2004 5:59:39 PM PST · by monkapotamus · 16 replies · 694+ views
    Sports Illustrated ^ | November 20, 2004 | Chris Mannix
    A new lowOnly solution for NBA is to get rid of the guy who's the problemPosted: Saturday November 20, 2004 2:33AM; Updated: Saturday November 20, 2004 8:23PM *snip* But once again, Ron Artest interjected himself into a play that had no bearing on the outcome of the game, fouling Wallace from behind as he went up for the lay-up. I listened to ESPN analysts last night talk about how Artest's foul wasn't of the flagrant variety, but that's hardly the point. At no time during that possession did Artest make any kind of play on the basketball. What he did...
  • NBA Suspends 3 Pacers, 1 Piston

    11/20/2004 12:52:37 PM PST · by everitt12 · 111 replies · 4,694+ views
    ABC "News" ^ | Nov 20 | unknown
    NEW YORK Nov 20, 2004 — The NBA suspended four players indefinitely Saturday for their roles in one of the worst-ever brawls in the league, a fight with fans that commissioner David Stern called "shocking, repulsive and inexcusable." Indiana's Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson and Detroit's Ben Wallace were suspended, the NBA said Saturday. Police in Auburn Hills, Mich., were investigating, but did not comment on who might be charged. Artest and Jackson lunged into the stands and fought with fans in the final minute of their game against the Detroit Pistons on Friday night, and the brawl...
  • NBA indefinitely suspends Artest, O'Neal, Jackson, (Ben) Wallace

    11/20/2004 11:43:57 AM PST · by Dan from Michigan · 197 replies · 6,650+ views
    AP ^ | 11-20-04
    NBA indefinitely suspends Artest, O'Neal, Jackson, Wallace November 20, 2004 NEW YORK (AP) -- The NBA suspended Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson of Indiana and Ben Wallace of Detroit on Saturday for taking part in one of the ugliest brawls in U.S. sports history. The suspensions were indefinite, and the league was still investigating Friday night's melee, which commissioner David Stern called ``shocking, repulsive and inexcusable -- a humiliation for everyone associated with the NBA.'' The league issued a statement saying it was reviewing rules and security procedures ``so that fans can continue to attend our games unthreatened...
  • Indiana Players Could Face Charges After Wild NBA Brawl with Detroit Fans

    11/20/2004 9:30:19 AM PST · by gopwinsin04 · 65 replies · 3,707+ views
    The Indiana Paces lost their cool on and off the court and brawled with unruly Detroit fans during a 97-82 victory over the Pistons in a chaotic game that was called with less than a minute to go.In one of the wildest skirmishes in recent NBA memory, Stephen Jackson, Ron Artest, and Jermaine O' Neal all landed haymakers on unruly Detroit fans, who showered the players with plastic bottles, popcorn and metal folding chairs.Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace and former Detroit Pistons 'Bad Boy' player turned radio announcer Rick Mahorn went into the stands to try and intervene.Referee Tommy Nunez was...
  • Game called after Pacers-Pistons melee spills into stands

    11/19/2004 10:02:59 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 99 replies · 2,347+ views
    SportsLine.com ^ | November 19, 2004
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Indiana's Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson charged into the stands and fought with fans in the final minute of their game against the Detroit Pistons on Friday night, and the brawl forced an early and ugly end to the Pacers' 97-82 win. Officials stopped the game with 45.9 seconds remaining after pushing and shoving between the teams spilled into the stands once fans got involved by throwing things at the players near the scorer's table.
  • Pacers Brawl With Fans During Pistons Game

    11/19/2004 8:48:03 PM PST · by Taggart_D · 75 replies · 9,126+ views
    AP ^ | 11/19/2004 | LARRY LAGE
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Indiana's Ron Artest and Stephen Jackson charged into the stands and fought with fans in the final minute of their game against the Detroit Pistons (news) on Friday night, forcing an early end to the Pacers' 97-82 win. The game was stopped with 45.9 seconds remaining when a pushing and shoving between the teams spilled into the stands after fans began throwing things at the players near the scorer's table. "It's the ugliest thing I've seen as a coach or player," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. After several minutes of players fighting with fans in the...
  • California senators pay up after losing NBA bet

    06/23/2004 6:50:39 AM PDT · by wmichgrad · 4 replies · 416+ views
    MLive.com ^ | June 22, 2004 | The Associated Press
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Michigan's senators collected two tickets to Disneyland and a crate of avocados Tuesday from California's senators, who had to pay up after the Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA finals. California Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer also gave bottles of California wine, Mickey Mouse ears and six movie DVDs to fellow Democratic Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow. Among the DVDs was "Grosse Pointe Blank," which takes place in suburban Detroit. "In this face-off between Tinseltown and Motown, it was clear from the start that hard work, great coaching and teamwork would...
  • Pistons officials try to stop parade sales of Free Press T-shirts

    06/18/2004 8:48:57 AM PDT · by wmichgrad · 159+ views
    The Detroit Free Press | June 18, 2004 | NANCY A. YOUSSEF
    Article Topic: Pistons officials try to stop the Detroit Free Press from selling an image of the NBA logo outside of it's newspaper. Story
  • Motown magic

    06/16/2004 8:34:19 AM PDT · by Colofornian · 9 replies · 154+ views
    www.SI.com ^ | 6/16/04
    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Utterly expressionless, Larry Brown walked down the sideline until he met a smiling Phil Jackson at midcourt. One hearty handshake and a pat on the back later, Brown allowed himself a grin. After 21 years as an NBA coach, the championship that had eluded him had been earned -- decisively. Without a superstar and without being given much of a chance, the Detroit Pistons humiliated the mighty Los Angeles Lakers 100-87 Tuesday night in Game 5 of the NBA Finals for their first title in 14 years. Motown can now be called Titletown, the descendants...
  • PISTONS WIN!!!! NBA WORLD CHAMPIONS!!!

    06/15/2004 8:41:39 PM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 303 replies · 941+ views
    ABC | 6-15-04 | Pistons
    We Are the Champions! We are the Champions....of the world! Pure domination from the Pistons.
  • Pistons leave Lakers in dust in Game 3

    06/11/2004 4:43:41 AM PDT · by The Other Harry · 6 replies · 163+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 11, 2004 | Sam Smith
    June 11, 2004 Pistons leave Lakers in dust in Game 3 With L.A. offense stalled, Detroit rolls to 88-68 win, 2-1 lead in NBA Finals By Sam Smith Chicago Tribune AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - This must be what a teetering dynasty sounds like. The Los Angeles Lakers almost can hear theirs crumbling. "I told the team at halftime I didn't think we could play worse than we did in the first half," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "Then we tried hard in the second half to duplicate it." That monument to excellence the Lakers built this decade with three championships...
  • Bird, Johnson: NBA needs white superstars

    06/10/2004 12:45:37 AM PDT · by The Other Harry · 17 replies · 171+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 10, 2004 | Christian Ewell
    June 10, 2004 Bird, Johnson: NBA needs white superstars Basketball: The Hall of Famers decry the game's urbanization, but others say greatness, in any color, delights fans. By Christian Ewell Sun Staff Like many others Tuesday night, sports marketing analyst Dean Bonham watched Kobe Bryant knock down a late three-pointer that might have saved the Los Angeles Lakers' season. The lack of a white American superstar in Game 2 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and the Detroit Pistons failed to register with Bonham, even as the issue was about to come front-and-center yesterday. Hall of Fame player and...
  • Shaq Is Ready to Rumble

    06/06/2004 11:46:32 AM PDT · by diamond6 · 37 replies · 186+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 06/06/2004 | Mike Bresnahan
    Shaquille O'Neal scanned the reporters crowded around him, located the questioner and glowered. The question had seemed innocuous enough — "Do you think you'll spend some time chasing Rasheed Wallace around the court?" — but it didn't sit well with O'Neal. "Chase?" O'Neal said. "No. Not at all." It was an answer and an affirmation that O'Neal continues to be the centerpiece of the Lakers, despite a drop in his playoff scoring average. The game will come to him in the NBA Finals, not the other way around.
  • Pistons steal opener in L.A.

    06/07/2004 5:27:37 AM PDT · by The Other Harry · 40 replies · 143+ views
    Baltimore Sun ^ | June 7, 2004 | Sam Smith
    Pistons steal opener in L.A. LOS ANGELES - Perhaps it's not going to be that easy for the Los Angeles Lakers. Hey, it looks like we've got an NBA Finals here. "I don't look at us as underdogs," Detroit Pistons coach Larry Brown said after his team outplayed the Lakers last night in a going-away 87-75 victory. "Our players look at themselves as pretty special in their own right."
  • Pistons Fire Rick Carlisle

    05/31/2003 5:01:18 AM PDT · by Dan from Michigan · 7 replies · 209+ views
    ESPN ^ | 5-30-03
    Friday, May 30 Updated: May 31, 4:25 AM ET Carlisle fired after two seasons with Pistons ESPN.com news services Fifty victories. A spot in the Eastern Conference finals. It just was not enough to earn a third season in Detroit. Rick Carlisle has been fired as head coach of the Pistons after two seasons, he told ESPN The Magazine's Ric Bucher late Friday. Carlisle's Pistons went 50-32 this season, the best record in the East. Detroit advanced to the conference finals before getting swept by the Nets. Early Saturday morning, a Pistons' official denied to ESPN Radio that Carlisle has...