SVG and the Pistons were obviously not enthralled with the results of the medical exam. Trade voided, and the draft pick and Joel Anthony are back with the Pistons.
While disappointing on one level, it's good to see that SVG did his due diligence and exercised his option to void what looks like a trade for a player with a wonkier back than hoped.
Who would have thunk that SVG would be so active as the deadline approaches?
See: ESPN Article
Today marks the anniversary of a watershed moment in Detroit sports history, and given that many that follow this blog also follow Detroit professional sports, I'm putting it up here for discussion.
10 years ago today, following an on-the-court altercation between Ben Wallace and Ron Artest, Artest thought it would be nice to take a nap on the scoring table. Indiana and Detroit were dominant forces in the East at the time, and the Pacers were just about done administering a beatdown on the scoreboard, so the mood was negative even before the Wallace-Artest incident. Artest's act of defiance really set off the crowd - he was just as unlikeable then as he is now, name changes notwithstanding.
A fan not only called Artest's level of douche, but raised it by tossing a half-empty beer toward Artest, and then the melee ensued. Artest went into the stands seeking retribution. Unfortunately, Artest went after a guy still holding his beer - the wrong guy! (If only Artest had with him a then-popular blue dog to help him decipher the clue that someone usually does not simultaneously  throw their beer and  still have it.)
10 years later, it seems like something very similar could still go down. Fans still have very close proximity to the players, and while there is more security, it looks insufficient to anyone who has sat courtside. The problem of fan involvement has been around for years (e.g., Monica Seles), and I'm not sure what can be done without gutting the fan experience. Certainly an increased investment in security would make sense.
In any event,
happy unhappy anniversary.
THJ dropped twenty on the Pistons tonight, including a closing-seconds triple. The Knicks lost the basketball game, but really should have won.
The man is and always was clutch --
[edit: removed derogatory comment about the Detroit Pistons.]
There's an article on the Detroit News' website (not sure if it made the print edition, or if it will tomorrow) defending the Piston's draft choice by comparing Trey Burke to fellow Michigan all-time great Cazzie Russell.
As the article tells us, in the 1966 NBA Draft, the Pistons passed up on the opportunity to draft Cazzie Russell.
"The Pistons passed on one of the greatest college players of the day, the Wolverines' Cazzie Russell, who had just led his squad to three Big-10 Titles and consecutive appearances in the Final Four, in favor of Dave Bing of Syracuse."
Dave Bing, as you may be aware, turned out to be a pretty darn good NBA player. The implication here is that history is repeating itself, and we should not judge Joe Dumars harshly for his decision. The author even digs up a personal memory to give the article that extra bit of impact...
"Trey Burke is some player, and some man. The overwhelming sense is the Pistons are in dire need of both. But I remember feeling much the same as I did this morning, when I learned as a 10-year-old the Pistons had passed on a guy who was an absolute god to me at the time."
So what's the problem? The entire premise of the article is flawed, because the Pistons never "passed" on Cazzie Russell. The Pistons had the second pick of the 1966 Draft. The New York Knicks had the first, which they used to pick... Cazzie Russell. He was not available to the Pistons. Perhaps the author (sportswriter Gregg Krupa) was thinking of the Territorial Pick rule, in which an NBA team could select a local college player BEFORE the first round of the draft - but that rule ended in 1965. Or perhaps the author has gained Mitch Albom's mystical ability to make strong emotional connections to events that never took place.
This has been today's edition of "Why Print Media is Dying and We Will Not Mourn Them."
EDIT: Several hours after this topic was posted, the article on the News' website was editted. The bits quoted in this post have been replaced, and the Pistons are now said to have "missed out" on Russell rather than "passing on" him.