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OT-Started a Pistons Blawg
Takes one to know one!
Also: I know you are but what am I?
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
the congratulatory-and-cheesy-advice-giving Brian's Wedding Diary is in a different thread, dude.
Yea, I guess you've never written a blog.
Day to day updates are good, those are not extremely prevelant on the other blogs you mentioned.
As long as you put in the effort and try to release content nearly every day you should be good.
Good luck and can't wait to be a reader!
Go Blue! and Go Pistons!
Thanks buddy. I wasn't sure if you were a fan of the other threads, glad to hear the support. I expect to post at least 2-3 times a day, or as often as my scattered thoughts permit.
cool, I work all the Pistons games for FSN. I will check it out. I am working the draft party. It should be fun. I have no idea who they will pick. Good luck with the site. Go Pistons Go Blue!
That's awesome! What do you do for FSN?
I don't have any idea, either. This is the first year in a while that the Pistons haven't broadcasted who they're interested in. Stuckey, Daye, Cousins-if-he-fell/Monroe were all obvi. The only conclusions I can draw are that they are underwhelmed with the available talent at #8, or it is too close to call between a couple of prospects
I am a camera op. I work all the pistons games. And half the redwing and tigers games. I also work alot for the BTN. Once you get the blog going you should check into getting a media pass, for some of the games. When ever they start playing again. If you live in the area. Good luck with the site.
You have it made, I'm super jelly.
I do live in the area. I'm from Rochester Hills and it's a 10 minute drive to the Palace for me if I hit all the lights. Getting a press pass would be wonderful, and I know that at least the need4sheed writer has had some access to games and press conferences.
Did you see the report that we might have made Leonard's promise?
Houston continues to offer the 14th and 23rd picks in the draft to move into the top 10, and could have a willing partner with the Detroit Pistons at No. 8. The Pistons have told teams they won’t trade down until they see who drops to them on draft night, sources said. In what could be an interesting window into the Pistons’ preferences, San Diego State forward Kawhi Leonard worked out for Detroit on Monday, and shortly thereafter cancelled his Wednesday workout with the Milwaukee Bucks, who have the 10th pick.
I like Leonard and he would be a great fit for us. I think it's down to Walker, Leonard, and jonas valanciunas, and if those guys aren't there I expect us to trade down.
Yeah, I saw that. I'm against making promises to draft picks on principle. You can't discount the possibility of a can't-miss prospect falling, and there have been instances of such broken promises.
I understand leaking interest to a player and to other organizations if you're hoping to drum up trade interest in that player, hoping that somebody falls because a team jumps ahead of your pick to grab that promised player. For example, teams trading up because they are afraid of Sacramento at #7 or Utah at #11 taking Jimmer Fredette would only help us. Another reason to feign interest in a player is that you hope to trade out of the pick entire because nobody stands out at that spot.
This means that there is definitely someone that they are looking at. My guesses are Brandon Knight (won't happen) and Jonas Valanciunas (which might). Can we throw Rip into that deal for free?
Yeah, it's silly to me how worried general managers are getting about Jonas Valanciunus' buyout situation and him taking a year before entering the NBA. It may be a shortened season! Mehmet Okur worked out for the Pistons after waiting a year. Hell, so did Carlos Delfino.
Same here. And if he goes at #8 or before, he will sign a nice multi-year deal that will help with the buyout if need be. If the Pistons are that interested, they will for sure pony up $500,000 as well (the maximum that they can).
Exactly. Valanciunus reminds me an awful lot of Andris Biedrins of Golden State, a player I would be interested if it weren't for his persistent injuries and consequential bloated contract (27 million over next three years). I won't complain if he's the pick, as I think his floor is similar to a Chris Mihm.
I think it's not that they're necessarily underwhelmed as much as picks 3-7 are still much of a mystery. I think they would love a guy like Kanter, who some think will fall, but the Pistons are pretty confident there's no way he makes it that far. Also, guys like Knight and Walker have some appeal but they already have guards somewhat covered. I think a lot of teams refuse to accept Walker is a PG simply because he's the size of one. I see a gritty undersized SG, and Ben Gordon is already a Piston. Knight would be a nice compliment with his size and he is more of a PG, but then you introduce PT issues once again with the guard rotation.
So that leads everyone to talk of bigs and aside from TT they're foreigners, and that has been more hit-and-miss than anything. They probably like guys, but who will be there? Valanciunas may be there, but maybe not. He just might be the best fit next to Monroe, but he's raw still. Vesely has the length but isn't he a taller Jerebko?
I think Thompson was the pick until Biyombo picked up steam. Personally I feel more confident with Thompson.
Personally I like the idea of trading down with the Rockets and taking Vucevic at 14 and a certain Darius Morris at 23. I think Morris is a great fit for the Pistons because he brings size to the backcourt and is the truest PG there is, so a team with issues over who gets shots out of the backcourt could benefit greatly. As far as Vucevic, he also has great size and can rebound. He's not an embarrassment at the free throwe line the way some bigs are.
If teams actually follow their needs the lottery should play out predictably. There's a lot of smoke being blown, and a lot of the confusion is being caused by Cleveland at #1 and #4.
I like Kemba Walker, but my reluctance to welcome him to the Pistons is a matter of fit. The Rodney Stuckey PG experiment will not end unless we find a true PG with range. Just like Jameer Nelson and Ty Lawson, I expect Kemba to exceed expectations and surpass his draft position.
Tristan Thompson is a solid player, as he's fundamentally sound player that can get to the FT line (a quarter of his possessions resulted in fouls!). However, he's not a great finisher, not a good jumpshooter, and needs some work on his back-to-the-basket game. He's not good enough offensively for me to forgive him for not being a center/stellar defensive rebounder. He pulls down 7.8 a game and 10.2 per 40 minutes, but when you factor in pace he leaves a lot to be desired.
I'd entertain trading down, as well.
Hopefully you have an RSS feed that we can subscribe to?
Will do. I'll let you know once I've figured out all the technical deets.
I would love to see a Pistons blog named in honor of one of the toughest, least skilled players ever to don the uniform: Ron Lee.
Or, how about the classic journeyman Edgar Jones, he of the new-nickname-a-week club?
Ha, it's my nickname from college. I did register deeetroitbasketball, but then changed my mind. Waste of 17 bucks, it was.
Detroitbadboys used to be my go-to pistons blog, but now it's got nothing interesting going for it. There's definitely room for a good pistons blog - I'm always on the lookout for pragmatic opinion much like Magnus or Brian or tomvh provide. My best advice would be to have an opinion and remember that people want both the info, and some help digesting it.
What did you used to like about it and what changed? I've noticed a lot of their posts are comprised of comments on/critiques against/supplements for articles written by others. While I fully intend to cite sources whenever necessary, I would rather post something that's entirely my own opinion than resort to Peter Vecsey articles. Ick.
I used to hang around there when the people at the Scout.com pistons board became dead and a member (name long forgotten) got me to come over to that board.
lospistones, which was my first name on RealGM, and a considered name for my blog.
I just complain and swear a lot over there, which is customary for that crowd. What was your handle?
I was at realgm and wtfdetroit for a long time. The NBA board at wtf got too big for me and I couldn't keep up - didn't have that many hours in the day. The NCAA board was the biggest draw for me and that turned into a pissing war, plus I would rather be waterboarded than read Zip Goshboots or bukdow.
Yep, I remember you from those boards. You were a good poster. WTF is virtually a ghost town now (apparently Glenn/Glann/Glanville drove people away) aside from the Off Topic Board.
Ill link you on midnight maize and my bulls blog dabullcrap. I find the Michigan blogosphere much more united in helping each other out. the bulls/nba blogging has been a more every man for them selves experience. good luck, post the url and ill add.
also I suggest Blogger for a new Blogger. its more user friendly but word press is more control on your code and how you want your blog to look. I use a custom word press code/layout for my blog. best of both worlds imo.
Wow, thanks a lot. I plan on posting some general NBA commentary and will focus on the Central Division, so the Bulls are certain to come up.
I'll link you too once I figure out a good place to put friendly/support sites. All I know how to do so far is post and add links, pictures, and video. I'm going to delve into it when I get home from work.
Yeah if you are a bit limited in HTML and all that I would really take a look at blogger.com. Easier for new bloggers to degin a site. Look for forward to the link up (:
I already paid to use wordpress' services, but I'll look into blogger as well if it can translate over. Thanks.
It has been a while since I hung out over there. I liked them for the most part but I lost interest in Piston basketball 5 or so years ago.
And the fighting gets kind of old.
The fighting DEFINITELY got old. At RealGM I couldn't debate with somebody without the mods overreacting and stepping in, and I couldn't post a trade proposal at WTFDetroit without getting flamed, hard.
I'll try to get your interest back up. Hopefully the team throws us a bone in this endeavor.
If you write, they will come.
Do I have to build a basketball court in my corn field, first?
I plan on having the following tabs:
Roster-Position; College; Age; Years Pro; How Acquired
Statistics-All the basics. Are there any statistics people are interested in? PER36? PER48? Other advanced numbers?
Depth Chart-I'll keep this thing more accurate than yahoo or ESPN care to.
Anything I'm missing?
In the salaries it's always nice to have details about how long guys are under contract, when they're going to be UFA or RFA, and if there are any restrictions for trade purposes (BYC, etc).
I've never seen a site that has done this, but I would like to see, sortable by date and player, any trade rumors that have been associated with them in the past 2 years or so.
You mean like this?
Congrats and good luck!
Indeed I did. Thank you very much. Your vote of confidence went a long way!
Check other browsers to see if your layout works in them. I hadn't known about PistonPowered, so I took a look. In Firefox 4.01 and 5.0 (since I just upgraded), the main background is all red. Hard to read - especially the post titles, which are in red, so invisible. Works in Chrome, but I mostly use Firefox.
Good call. I wouldn't have considered this otherwise.
If you're having problems with PistonPowered, try this:
Have you ever checked out nbaplaybook.com?
Sebastian Pruiti, the author of that site, focuses on the X's and O's a little bit and breaks down how and why plays work. I don't know how deep your technical expertise goes, but if you know bball concepts, understand the game and have somewhat of a basic scouting report for most players in the league, it may be worth a shot.
As a bball fan, I've always been searching for some form of analysis beyond the generic 'worked harder, better chemistry, fire dumars/kuester, GET BACK TO DETROIT BASKETBALL' type of analysis.
Something in that type of format, but strictly Pistons-based would fit a niche that DBB and Piston Powered largely don't cover.
Not before you mentioned it, but now it's one of my bookmarks.
I'm very concerned with the technical side of the game. If you ever see me yelling at the TV it's because we aren't taking advantage of a mismatch (or are being bullied by one), are refusing to ride the hot hand (or aren't adjusting to an opponent that is killing us), or because the rotations/pace/lineups are being mismanaged.
I do intend to glean insight into the new Pistons' playbook, which was difficult to do with Kuester despite his reputation as an offensive genius.
Here's the first post I am confident in sharing!
The layout still sucks, and I have no idea how to get rid of those little pink flowers next to each post, but I wanted to share the content with anybody interested. Let me know what you think, and get some.
Suggestion: provide links. You cited some stats and listed some websites - add in the links to the pages where those stats are. You also used some terminology - links to definitions would be nice.
Also you listed Dennis Rodman and Bill Laimbeer as the starting big men for the Pistons (first two) championship teams. I would say it was Laimbeer and Mahorn and Laimbeer and James Edwards. Rodman started 8 games in 88-89 and 43 in 89-90 - IIRC probably at small forward (though there may have been times in those seasons when he guarded big men). Salley probably started when Mahorn and Edwards didn't.
And, dude, what's up with those flowers? (j/k - but I couldn't let that slide)
Thanks. Ugh, the inclusion of Rodman was the relic of a previous draft (I was editing the post in two open tabs), but thanks. I'm more concerned with content at the moment and am glad that you caught that.
I'm going to pretend that the flowers are there to appeal to the female demographic :-P
Here are three posts I wrote today:
Darko is brought up every time Joe has had a lotto pick and is a cautionary tale for all players considered at #2.
Statistical backup for my insistence on selecting Bismack Biyombo if available.
Mock top 8 picks.
In related news: the official Pistons.com mock draft has them selecting my homeboy from Congo.