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March 5, 2015 Updates

How old were you when you realized how famous your father was and what he did for a living? John Lucas: I was 4. He kept me around the game. I used to go to shootarounds with him, I went to practice with him, I traveled with him when he was a coach. On the weekends, when he was the head coach, I used to travel with the team. I learned to play all the gambling games like by on the plane with like Dennis Rodman, Willie Anderson, David Robinson. Well, David Robinson didn't gamble. (Laughs.) But everybody else did. I was around an older group of guys and I used to work out with them. My dad used to let me practice with them when I was in middle school and high school. Booth Newspapers

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The Detroit Pistons have recalled forward Quincy Miller from Grand Rapids of the NBA D-League. Miller, who was signed to a 10-day contract by the Pistons Feb. 21, played two games for the Drive. He had 15 points, 12 rebounds and three assists in 23 minutes during a 140-99 rout over the Delaware 87ers Friday. Booth Newspapers

Dave Pemberton: #Pistons recall Quincy Miller from the D-League. With the Drive, he averaged 11.5 points, 9.0 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 19.7 mins per game Twitter @drpemberton

March 1, 2015 Updates

Against that backdrop, the Pistons will make another run at Monroe this year, and they have five years and more money than any other team can pay him to offer. If they choose to do so, they might be back in the Monroe business next year, Falk said. "Absolutely, absolutely," Detroit is one of the teams Monroe would consider, Falk said. Booth Newspapers

Monroe instead signed a $5.479 million qualifying offer, turning down four years at about $14 million from Detroit -- "Most players would have taken the money," Falk said -- in exchange for the privilege of becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer. "Greg is one of the brightest clients I've ever represented," Falk said. "He's very mature, he's very intelligent, he's very thoughtful, he's very analytical. I laid out all the options and he decided that he wanted to have options." Booth Newspapers

February 28, 2015 Updates

Richard (Rip) Hamilton accomplished plenty in his playing days. And he officially retired Thursday, after 14 NBA seasons. "I think it's my time,'' Hamilton told the Free Press. "Everybody wants to play forever. I wish I could play until I'm 50 years old, but that's not the case. You can't beat Father Time. Father Time catches up with all of us.'' Detroit Free Press

Like most of his former teammates, Hamilton thought that the Pistons left a couple of championships on the table, especially in 2005, against the San Antonio Spurs. Detroit made six straight Eastern Conference finals during Hamilton's stay. "I think we should have won three or four,'' Hamilton said. "It just didn't happen. It was one of those things. To get one was great, but I thought we left a couple on the table." Detroit Free Press

A Detroit Pistons dancer sank a miracle heave from halfcourt last night. A guy in a Hawaiian shirt and a guy wearing a horse costume could not contain their excitement. And who could blame them? It was arguably the highlight of the Pistons’ season so far. The Big Lead

Pistons general manager and coach Stan Van Gundy had a chance to lock up burly power forward Greg Monroe last summer with a long-term deal when he became a restricted free agent. Now Detroit could be burned. Despite all the talk about the Knicks’ 2015 cap space, several league executives think they’re going to have a hard time landing players given their bleak situation. They do believe the Knicks have a legitimate shot at two guys — Long Island’s Tobias Harris and Monroe. New York Post

“I’m not thinking about it right now, honestly,’’ Monroe said at the morning shootaround before the Knicks’ 121-115 double-overtime triumoh on Friday night. “I’m focusing on what I have to do for this team. It’s something down the line. When I get to that point, I’ll always make the right decision for me and my family, but right now I’m just focusing what I have to do here.’’ New York Post

The Pistons have another person of interest now on the roster, with Reggie Jackson their new starting point guard after a trade from the Thunder. Jackson lurked near Fisher, waiting for him to finish his pre-game press conference. Afterward, the former Oklahoma City teammates hugged and chatted for several minutes. Jackson will be a restricted free agent this July. “I learned a lot from [Fisher],’’ said Jackson, who had 16 points on Friday despite shooting 5-for-24 from the field. “Three years playing together, definitely cherish and value those minutes. He was coaching us on the floor.’’ New York Post

Jackson has to figure out if he wants to re-sign with Detroit, which will have injured point guard Brandon Jennings returning. Van Gundy has said the intent is Jackson will be with the Pistons to stay and Jennings, who has one year left on his pact, would have to deal with it. Jackson said he’s hoping it works out. “It’s a great, talented young corps,’’ he said. “We got a bunch of pieces around us that are versatile. It looks like the organization is moving in the right direction and I’m trying to be part of it.’’ New York Post

In late October, Jackson decided against exercising the option on Larkin’s rookie deal because of the $2 million price tag. The former University of Miami stud, selected with the 18th pick by the Mavericks in 2013, will be an unrestricted free agent. “Who doesn’t want to be on the New York Knicks playing in New York?’’ Larkin said. “Phil and [the Knicks] must decide at end of the year. My job is to go out there … and show I deserve to be on this team.’’ New York Post

 

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