Dana Gauruder Special to Detroit Free Press Published 5:44 PM EDT Mar 31, 2019 Peer pressure and ego can dissuade some NBA players from working on their shot-blocking. It's no fun being on the wrong end of a monster jam and getting mocked on social media for challenging the dunker. Andre Drummond used to think that way. The way he sees it now, he'll be making the opponent look foolish a majority of the time. "As a younger guy, no one wants to be on a highlight or somebody's mix tape for their best plays of the year," Drummond said. "For me, earlier in my career, that was something where 'I'm not sure if I should go for this,' not trying to get dunked on. Now it's to the point I really don't care. I'm a shotblocker and I want to get everything. If it happens, it happens. More times than not, I'm going to get the block." Drummond's improved rim protection has given a little more teeth to the Detroit Pistons' defense. With Ben Wallace, the franchise's all-time shotblocker, at … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond: ‘I’m trying to go after everything’
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Dana Gauruder Special to Detroit Free Press Published 3:44 PM EST Jan 17, 2019 The gang's back together and the Detroit Pistons feel a lot more comfortable about themselves. Ish Smith and Zaza Pachulia returned from injuries this week and that has made a noticeable difference on the second unit and the team's overall psyche. The Pistons' reserves contributed 42 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists while committing just two turnovers in a 120-115 overtime victory against Orlando on Wednesday at Little Caesars Arena. They'll be relied upon heavily when the Pistons play back-to-back home games this weekend against Miami and Sacramento. "We feel whole," coach Dwane Casey said after practice on Thursday. "The speed of the game, the physicality is back with the second unit. The passing, the screening is back with the second unit with Zaza back. We have players that have gifts where other players have weaknesses, They kind of complement each other. You take one of those out, it … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons ‘feel whole’ as key reserves return to floor
Rod Beard The Detroit News Published 8:35 PM EST Nov 29, 2018 Auburn Hills — Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey was an integral part of the Toronto Raptors’ turnaround, through their “We the North” campaign. Casey could be on the verge of another rebranding effort, as the Pistons look to establish a new identity. He’s six weeks into his first season in Detroit, but Casey already sees the connection between some of the city’s sports icons and the brand of basketball he wants to play. In the past few weeks, the Pistons have had a visit from former Detroit mayor Dave Bing, an NBA Hall of Fame player with the team in the 1960s and ‘70s, and from former boxing champion Thomas “The Hitman” Hearns. Bringing Hearns to speak after a practice was an effort to infuse some swagger into the Pistons and give them an appreciation for Detroit’s rich heritage of motivation and work ethic. “He’s a Detroit legend. … [Read more...] about Dwane Casey welcomes Thomas Hearns, encourages Detroit Pistons’ pride in Motor City
Ryan Ford Detroit Free Press Published 12:01 PM EDT Oct 13, 2018 Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond begins his seventh season in the NBA on Wednesday against the Brooklyn Nets. Free Press sports writer Ryan Ford takes a look at his career so far: By the numbers Drummond was an All-Star last season for the second time in his career. His stats last season: Games: 78 Minutes per game: 33.7* Field-goal percentage: .529 3-point percentage: .000 Free-throw percentage: .605* Rebounds per game: 16.0* Assists per game: 3.0* Steals per game: 1.5 Blocks per game: 1.6 Points per game: 15.0 *CAREER HIGH King of the boards Drummond led the NBA in rebounding last season. It’s the second time he has done so; just four Pistons have led the NBA in rebounding (in seven seasons), and no Piston has done it three times. The seven seasons: 1985-86: Bill Laimbeer – 13.1 1991-92: Dennis Rodman – 18.66 1992-93: Dennis Rodman – 18.3 2001-02: Ben Wallace – 13.0 2002-03: Ben … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons’ Andre Drummond hasn’t made a 3 since 2017
Julie Hinds Detroit Free Press Published 11:30 p.m. UTC Aug 16, 2018 During Thursday's giddy, goofy, good-natured season finale of "Detroiters," struggling Motor City ad man Tim Cramblin is ready to give up all hope. "I will continue to commute to work, but my briefcase will be empty," says Tim to his employees after a plot twist involving his best friend and business partner Sam Duvet. "I will no longer pursue new clients and I will do nothing to keep the ones we have. And I ask you to do the same. We will keep going until the money runs out. Then we die. So from now on it's Camp Do-What-You-Wanna." Such a huge, emotional over-reaction is "Detroiters" at its best. But as the Comedy Central series shot and set in Detroit finishes its second season, a huge, emotional question looms over its future. Will "Detroiters" make it to season three or has luck run out for its devoted fans? To be specific, can the critical kudos for the … [Read more...] about ‘Detroiters’ wraps strong second season, but will it survive?