Basketball, Ben Wallace, Bill & Karen Davidson, Detroit Pistons, Joe Dumars, John Kuester, Magic Johnson, Michael Ilitch, NBA, Palace of Auburn Hills, Sports

Mutiny On The Bounty And At The Palace of Auburn Hills …………


Mutiny On The Bounty …………….. And At The Palace of Auburn Hills

Well we have overpaid players within the NBA so why not petulant ones as well …say it ain’t so ? That appears to be the case at the Palace of Auburn Hills as the Detroit Pistons’ season seems to be unraveling in front of their very eyes. This situation for coach Jon Kuester as well as GM Joe Dumars can’t be a happy one at this juncture . It’s hard to realize that this is the same organization that went to five Eastern Conference Finals during an eight year span and along the way winning an NBA title —-(2004) with Dumars at the helm as the general manager with Larry Brown as the coach at the time.

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This time around for the struggling Pistons and their disastrous season , veterans such as Tayshaun Prince , Richard Hamilton , Tracy McGrady , Ben Wallace and two year starter Rodney Stuckey have seen fit as an act of defiance was to stay away from a team practice but in doing so the official statement from the organization were that the players in question who numbered six in total ____ were that they’d been suffering from a stomach virus. Well if the virus is said to show such symptoms as rash petulance, questioning the coach’s playing strategy and in essence letting down teammates then clearly all is not well within the Pistons’ organization ! Never mind the fact over the uncertainty of the team and the concerns of its immediate future as it relates to the ownership. Karen Davidson widow of Pistons’ owner the late Bill Davidson is the now the owner of the team along with family members but due to the heavy financial burden placed upon the family in terms of estate taxes the family is now pursuing the sale of the team. There at present doesn’t seem to be a clear cut potential buyer of the team but there have been varying interests from a few well known suitors.

Courtesy of Sports tri-cities.com

Hamilton, Kuester say they’ve talked things out

By Noah Trister

Auburn Hills-Mi,. – Detroit’s Richard Hamilton says he met with coach John Kuester recently in an effort to repair their relationship.

Hamilton has played only once since Jan. 10. He was benched for the latter part of January, and although he played Feb. 5 in Milwaukee, scoring 15 points, he’s been out since then because of what the team has said is a groin injury.

On Friday, Hamilton was one of several players who missed at least part of a shootaround before a game at Philadelphia. The coaching staff used only six players that night, sticking with those who were at the full shootaround.

Hamilton wouldn’t specify when he and Kuester spoke. He took passes from the coach while shooting at the end of practice Monday.

Similar stories: Several Pistons miss game shootaround

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At a time when the Pistons are said to be struggling it does appear that the team’s on court problems pale into comparison when measured against that of their off the court situation. Michael Ilitch the present owner of the Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings is said to be interested and his intention to have the team remain in Auburn Hills , a suburb of Detroit, Michigan. For a while it had been rumored that former MSU Spartans’ alum Magic Johnson was also interested in buying the team outright or be part of a syndicated partnership that would buy the team. But it appears that the Lakers’ great is no longer interested and that his pursuits are now that of trying to bring an NFL franchise to the city of Los Angeles .

The Pistons do seem to be facing an act of attrition and wherein the team seems to have lost faith in their coach and at the same time when losing becomes something of a consistency then any dynamic that changes the formula for success tends to bring about problems and strife internally. At the same time one would have thought that veterans such as McGrady and Hamilton would look to lead by example rather than showing an act of petulance and to an extent disdain for their coach.

I’d hazard a guess that Dumars for his part can’t be entirely happy at present and at the same time it underminds his position as general manager as he was the primary participant in seeking out and hiring Kuester after the firing of Michael Curry , Kuester’s predecessor. John Kuester for his part has struggled to bring some semblance of team cohesion and playing with consistency this season . And the team’s struggles have been well documented this season as they may well have now played themselves out of contention for a playoff berth this season.

At 21-39 the Pistons are at present 6 1/2 games out of the eighth and final spot and they currently sit eleventh within the Eastern Conference three places behind the current eighth placed Indiana Pacers (26-30) , Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks . The Detroit Pistons sought not to make any moves prior and at the trade deadline choosing to stand pat . It may well be that as the general manager Joe Dumars is looking towards the NBA Draft and looking to assess the crop of new talent that will be there at the college level . He knows that in light of that fact fans are at present more concerned with what’s said to be happening now, rather than looking to the immediate future. Tracy McGrady for his part is team’s floor general having been converted to a point guard but the team’s struggles has manifested itself in the fact defensively they’re a complete mess !

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The team doesn’t appear to be responding to what Kuester is asking of them and at the same time players such as Wallace , Prince , McGrady and Hamilton seem to be under the impression that their actions actually ingratiates them with the fans . If anything , nothing could be further from the truth ! For the long short and long term future of the team there may well be nothing immediate that Joe Dumars can do but perhaps suspend and fine the players in question. Had this maneuver been engineered prior to the trade deadline then it’s my belief that as general manager Dumars would have imploded the team altogether and look offshed the players involved that were surplus to the team’s needs as both he and Kuester saw it !

Instead the coach now has six disgruntled players on this team who’ve simply lost faith and whose professionalism now has to come into question. Simply because rather than saying to the coach directly that they’re unhappy with the current situation they simply saw fit not to turn up for a team’s practice session. What might be even more disturbing after this maneuver was that in the team’s next game against in their loss the Philadelphia 76 ers the players in question were seen laughing on the sidelines during that resultant lopsided defeat. And those very same actions were again repeated by those players even though they’d end up defeating the newly revamped —- Utah Jazz —- 120-116 .

I’ve always maintained that the NBA had lost sight of its goals the moment the balance of power swayed over to the players. Now when a team has become way too inconsistent and the players inevitably rather than holding themselves accountable will look to lay the blame elsewhere. And the vast majority of the time the blame as apportioned and placed squarely on the shoulders of the coaches and their staffs. Rarely will you ever them step up to the plate and say ……………”it’s my fault or it’s our fault “. And much of that has come down to the fact that the owners are now in a position of weakness and much of that comes from the league hierarchy and the way in particular that Commissioner David Stern has sought to brand his product as more about the stars within the NBA rather than the teams and the game’s history and that of its teams .

The game has its loyal band of followers but I do believe now that they’re more inclined to follow the stats of the game rather than the aspirations of a team that they well allegedly support. I could very well be wrong
in my summation but I very much doubt it at this juncture !

What thoughts if any do you have on the actions of the Pistons’ players and their subsequent behavior ? Do you feel that Dumars and the coaching staff ought to take disciplinary action against them or do you feel that this ought to put in the past and the team should basically move on ? Let me know your opinion on the matter and anything else concerning the NBA at present ?

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(1)Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (3) drives on Utah Jazz guard Devin Harris (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. AP Photo/Paul Sancya …….

(2) Utah Jazz center Al Jefferson (25) fouls Detroit Pistons power forward Chris Wilcox (9) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011. AP Photo/Paul Sancya …..

(3) Detroit Pistons coach Johh Kuester, left, gives directions from the sidelines as assistant Pat Sullivan looks on in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011, in Auburn Hills, Mich. AP Photo/Duane Burleson ……….

(4) Detroit Pistons players Rodney Stuckey, from left, Tracy McGrady, Ben Wallace and Chris Wilcox sit on the bench in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Philadelphia 76ers, Friday, Feb. 25, 2011, in Philadelphia. AP Photo/Matt Slocum ………

(5) John Kuester is seen here with team GM Joe Dumars (right) at the team’s headquarters at the Palace of Auburn Hills , Auburn Hills , Mi,. Kuester succeeded Michael Curry as the team’s head coach and since his tenure the Pistons’ play has been somewhat inconsistent. Allan Einstein /NBAE Getty Images ……….

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Alan aka tophatal ……………………………

http://tophatal.wordpress.com/ 🙂

NB: The Davidson family have sold a controlling stake in the organization to the Detroit Pistons Baskebtall Company of which Michael Ilitch is a controlling partner and stake-holder through his holding company Ilitch Holdings .

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April it seems is eager for a helping hand in order to get out of her panties . Any takers ?
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AVP Tour, Beach Volleyball, Sports

A New Vice , A New Reason To Love The Women of The AVP Tour ……….


A New Vice , A New Reason To Love The Women of The AVP Tour ……….

Well the girlfriend decided it was time for her to venture south to see if she could drum support for her business as she’s a partner in an interior design firm . Coincidentally in joining her for the weekend she advised me that she wanted to take in the AVP Tour event taking place on Ft Lauderdale Beach . Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth as it would also give me the chance to work out of the Miami office of the firm I’m employed by . I thought it’d be mutually beneficial in me joining her for the weekend. Though my return back north won’t be until Wednesday, it gives me the chance to not only get some work done but also visit some old acquaintances and haunts.

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Though beach volleyball is but a niche sport it seems to pique everyone's interest once the Summer Olympics comes around . Though for myself this isn’t the first time I’ve come across the sport , having played on a regular basis when I use to reside in the South Florida area. Weekends after having hit the local Bally’s gym in North Miami was then but a mere scamper to Miami Beach to play few sets , ogle some very hot females all in the higher order of things on the evolutionary scale for any hot blooded heterosexual male. And it certainly didn’t hurt at the time that a number of the females were either amenable to playing either mixed doubles or in large it became a battle of the sexes.

Courtesy of AVP.com

May-Treanor /Branagh take Ft Lauderdale crown

Men’s final rained out Dalhausser/Rogers, Fuerbinger/Lucena share win

By Matt Landes

Misty May-Treanor and Nicole Branagh capped off their debut as teammates by winning the AVP NIVEA Tour Gatorade Fort Lauderdale Open on Sunday, while rain washed out a men’s final that would have put Phil Dalhausser and Todd Rogers against Matt Fuerbringer and Fort Lauderdale native Nick Lucena.

May-Treanor/Branagh swept sixth-seeded Angie Akers and Tyra Turner, 21-14, 21-17, to win the title without losing a game all weekend. The win was May-Treanor’s 106th, adding to her all-time record, and Branagh’s 17th. May-Treanor/Branagh are the first women’s duo to win their first event as teammates since 2002, when Holly McPeak and Elaine Youngs won in Huntington Beach.

“We kept getting better,” May-Treanor said. “You could feel we started meshing a little more. I always saw us in the finals. It was a matter of us doing what we needed on our side to get there.”

“Good communication helped in the success of our new partnership,” Branagh added. “We are thrilled with our win.”

Akers/Turner had to win three matches Sunday to advance to the final out of the contender’s bracket. They knocked off Brooke Hanson and Lisa Rutledge and Annett Davis and Jenny Johnson Jordan then dominated second-seeded Jen Kessy and April Ross in a 23-21, 21-8 upset in the semifinals.

The cancelled men’s final marks only the fifth time in domestic history in which competition was not completed and the first time since 1996, when strong winds forced the cancellation of a tournament in Dallas.

Top-seeded Dalhausser/Rogers and sixth-seeded Fuerbringer/Lucena both went undefeated over the weekend and both earn credit for the win. Each team will split $17,500, the midway point between first- and second-place prize money. In Sunday’s semifinals, Dalhausser/Rogers beat John Hyden and Sean Scott; Fuerbringer/Lucena defeated Billy Allen and Braidy Halverson.

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The event held on Fort Lauderdale Beach was the AVP sanctioned Nivea Gatorade Fort Lauderdale Open , offering $200,000 in total prize money , in an event that had players coming from all over the world to compete. The event itself was televised by ESPN and no doubt given the game’s popularity in South America and the Pacific Basin , there was bound to be an international audience following the event as it unfolded. mongst those competing in the women’s event with a new doubles’ partner was Misty May-Treanor . May-Treanor along with Kerri Walsh are the two time Olympic champions in the event. But over the weekend at the Nivea Gatorad Ft Lauderdale Open she was partnered with Nicole Branagh an Olympic contestant in Beijing. Walsh on leave, having recently given birth to a child will be looking to re-team with her partner in so many of their professional triumphs over the years.

On the men’s side you you had Phil Dalhausser , Todd Rogers , Matt Fuerbringer , Nick Lucena and other amongst the prominent competitors competing . And as alluded to earlier with a total of $200,000 in prize money there for the taking. This wasn’t being viewed as a penny ante tournament on the AVP Circuit. The next scheduled tournament will be the AVP/Nivea Santa Barbara Open (April 29th -2ns May 2010) , Santa Barbara, California . The tournament is being ran in conjunction with the Susan G Komen Foundation . Proceeds of which , will go towards research with regard to finding a cure for breast cancer. A more than noteworthy cause.

Now for my girlfriend who’s an avid fan of the sport and who played volleyball in college. For her this was just another way of getting to see a sport that she’s come to enjoy a great deal. And having been often paired together when we have fun playing alongside friends on our all too infrequent beach sojourns . This for Mae-Lin was something whereby we both had a great deal of fun. For myself, it was most definitely for the mos obvious of reasons. I mean where else can a guy go whereby he’ll get to ogle a bevy of females on the beach all dressed in two pieced swimsuits and knowing full well that you’re not about to come under suspicion ? Life is good ! But for this weekend on Fort Lauderdale Beach , ” life was damn near perfect” ! I’m not ashamed to say that I thoroughly enjoyed myself along with the festive events in tow.

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Alan Parkins aka tophatal