Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 6:14 p.m. UTC Jul 8, 2018 LAS VEGAS — The Detroit Pistons are adding veteran center Zaza Pachulia. And that means the end of Eric Moreland’s tenure. Two sources have told the Free Press that the Pistons have reached a one-year, $2.4-million, veteran minimum deal with Pachulia. Pachulia, 34, has spent the last two seasons with the Golden State Warriors where he picked up two championship rings. “Upgrade over Moreland. High basketball IQ, sets hard screens and high character,” a source texted Sunday. Fans may chuckle wryly at reading that. Pachulia has faced criticism over physical play that some call dirty. When a closeout invaded the personal space of San Antonio Spurs forward Kahwi Leonard in Game 1 of the 2017 Western Conference finals, causing an ankle injury, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich was angered. “A two-step, lead-with-your-foot close-out is not appropriate,” Popovich said. “It's dangerous, … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons add Zaza Pachulia, will move on from Eric Moreland
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Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 1:33 p.m. UTC Jun 19, 2018 BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. — Sitting in his living room Friday evening, Tom Gores mood can be described in one word. Hopeful. It’s four days after the Detroit Pistons announced the hiring of Dwane Casey as the 36th head coach in franchise history. Casey jumps right back into the fray, having led the Raptors to their best regular season ever in 2017-18. He was fired for his efforts. Gores, who has owned the Pistons since June 2011, feels fortunate that Casey was available after the deciding to plot a new course for the franchise when he fired Stan Van Gundy as team president and coach. More on the Pistons: Pistons coach Dwane Casey: 'Time is now' for team to contend Greatest Pistons player of all time? Vote now #DetroitGOAT But in an exclusive 30-minute interview session with the Free Press, Gores makes clear there a few other things on his mind. He had to be convinced Casey was the right man to lead a … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores: Firing SVG one of his ‘tougher’ calls
Orion Sang Detroit Free Press Published 4:04 p.m. UTC Jun 18, 2018 Join the conversation by using the hashtag #DetroitGOAT on social media. It’s the debate to end all debates — or to start them! Yes, it’s time to decide, once and for all, who’s the best pro athlete in Detroit team history, here in the Tournament of G.O.A.T. A group of Free Press writers and editors got together and ranked the top 16 Pistons, Lions, Red Wings and Tigers, NCAA-bracket style. Windsor: Debating the greatest player in Detroit pro sports team history Top-seed Isiah Thomas had the highest win percentage of any No. 1 seed in the tournament, beating Andre Drummond, 98.31-01.69 percent. Each Monday, a round of voting will begin and go through Thursday at 1 p.m. The winners will be announced each Sunday in the Detroit Free Press and on freep.com. The voting will continue into July until we finally know Detroit’s Greatest Of All Time. (If you're having trouble … [Read more...] about Greatest Detroit Pistons player of all time? Vote now #DetroitGOAT
Marlowe Alter Detroit Free Press Published 11:24 p.m. UTC Jun 15, 2018 The Detroit Pistons' Bad Boys are often overlooked when discussing some of the greatest runs in NBA history. The Bad Boys, pieced together by general manager Jack McCloskey and coached by Chuck Daly, made five straight Eastern Conference finals from 1987-91, three consecutive NBA finals from 1988-90, and won back-to-back championships in 1989 and '90. Where do they stack up against the legions of great teams throughout league annals? ESPN's Kevin Pelton ranked the NBA's 50 greatest teams of all time this week. Related: How Isiah Thomas became the greatest Piston ever All-Palace Pistons teams, plus All-Palace opponents His methodology: Ranking every team since minutes played were first tracked in 1951-52 based on their performance in both the regular season and playoffs, adjusting for champions vs. non-champions, opponents, and leaguewide quality of play. Each season … [Read more...] about Where do Detroit Pistons’ Bad Boys teams rank among NBA’s greatest?
Vince Ellis Detroit Free Press Published 12:04 p.m. UTC Jun 1, 2018 That escalated quickly. After mostly radio silence regarding the Detroit Pistons’ head coaching search, the multiple names were leaked Wednesday. Two names emerged – former coaches to reportedly help the Pistons pick a head coach. Then fireworks. The Free Press confirmed separate media reports that the Pistons would soon interview both TNT NBA analyst Kenny Smith and former Michigan star and Miami Heat assistant Juwan Howard for the coaching opening. Howard was a member of Michigan’s legendary Fab Five, helping the team reach consecutive Final Fours in 1992 and 1993. There are two more names to the list, the Free Press learned – San Antonio Spurs assistant coach Ime Udoka and Toronto Raptors assistant coach Nick Nurse. ESPN reported former Raptors head coach Dwane Casey met with the Pistons on Thursday. Another person the Pistons plan to … [Read more...] about Detroit Pistons news likely signals end is near for coach, GM searches