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March 21, 2014 Updates
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He feels the years most in his knees. The left knee, this season. First it was sore. Then it had tendinitis. Then it required surgery. Rehabilitation is where he is at now. He was in Denver on Wednesday night with the Detroit Pistons and still hopes to get back on the court this season. And he's trying to stave off retirement. "You never do know when it's going to be up," Billups said. "And obviously the older you get, the closer it gets." Denver Post

But he's also weighing the past three seasons and injuries that have kept him from playing more than 22 games in any of them because of a variety of injuries (foot, Achilles, groin and back). "Injuries have been a problem for me the last few years," Billups said. Denver Post

Brandon Jennings, who was 19 when he was the first-round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks in 2009, doesn’t get it. He especially doesn’t understand why ex-players would be for it. “The only reason I won’t agree with that is you see guys who have talked about this and say they agree,” Jennings said. “Every guy who kind of said something is kind of on they way out in the league, so why you hating on the next young kid coming up anyway? “I just feel like if a kid’s ready, he’s ready to go — why two years? Then if I’m a kid that’s talented and you expect me to go to college and eat McDonalds’s all the time. I’m not rolling.” Detroit Free Press

He was asked how it has been being back in Detroit. "It's been great, actually," Billups said. "Obviously the team is not playing great — I feel like we've underachieved a little bit. But me being back with the people that love me so much and the fan base there has been great. "Obviously I would look at that (going into the front office) if that opportunity came about. That's like my home away from home. They really adopted me there. Of course, (Denver) is always going to be my home. But Detroit is like my second home. So any opportunity that arose, I would obviously look at." Denver Post

March 17, 2014 Updates

Dime: Montrezl Harrell and Russ Smith are both projected to go in the first round of the NBA Draft this year. What do you expect in the future from your two former teammates? Peyton Siva: I definitely think they’ll both make it. As per account of whoever I think they both have a legitimate shot to make it the NBA and have a great career. They are both great players and they’re proven winners. They are back-to-back champions in their conference and they both won a National Championship. I think they will have great careers wherever they end up, whatever round they end up going. Dime

Dime: If you were an NBA general manager, who would you pick in this year’s draft? Who is most NBA-ready? PS: The one guy most NBA ready: I got to go with my guy Russ Smith. I’m Louisville biased man, he’s my guy [laughs]. But also I like Jabari Parker. He’s a really solid player; he’s a really good player. Just watching a couple of their games, he’s kind of a do-it-all kind of player. Scorer, rebounder, I think he’s a real good talent. Dime

March 16, 2014 Updates

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond said he was “a little sore,” but OK after tests were negative on the neck injury he suffered tonight against the Indiana Pacers. He was wearing neck brace after a brief trip to the hospital as a precaution in the locker room after the Pistons’ 112-104 loss at the Palace. The team says Drummond was taken to the hospital for further testing after leaving the game at the 6:32 mark of the first quarter. Detroit Free Press

The Pistons are headed for major changes after this season and it could start with team president Joe Dumars, who is expected to resign. Dumars staked his reputation on the Maurice Cheeks coaching hire, which did not work out, and owner Tom Gores is expected to start fresh by hiring a new general manager and then potentially a coach to replace interim coach John Loyer. The Pistons don’t have hopes of a first-round pick if they finish with anything worse than the eighth overall selection thanks to the regrettable deal that sent Ben Gordon to the Bobcats along with a conditional first-round pick for Corey Maggette. Maggette had an expiring contract, which enabled the Pistons to save $12 million on the additional year of Gordon’s contract, but it may cost them a high pick in a fruitful draft. The Bobcats also have the option of taking Detroit’s pick in 2015 (top 1 protected) or 2016 (unprotected) Boston Globe

“I don’t think [raising the age limit] would be a good thing for the league,” said Pistons forward JoshSmith, who entered the 2004 draft out of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia. “Coming in from high school, I think when a player is ready, he’s ready. You can be in so many different circumstances and situations. People always say that the league will be there. Well, I have to disagree, I think school will be there. The league is something you have to reach whenever your stock and your potential is at its highest peak. No matter if you come out of high school or college, the NBA game is going to go 100 miles per hour to you.” Boston Globe

March 15, 2014 Updates

Detroit Pistons legend Dennis Rodman has been in the news a lot lately, and it's his controversial lifestyle and need to earn a living that is expected to affect his status for a 25-year "Bad Boys" reunion with his teammates this month. Peter Ginoplis, one of Rodman's closest friends since he met 'The Worm' as a 13-year-old Pistons ball boy, told MLive.com the NBA Hall of Famer won't be able to make the March 28 celebration at The Palace of Auburn Hills because he will be out of the country. "It has nothing to do with what we hear in the media right now," said Ginoplis, referring to scrutiny his friend has received for four recent North Korea trips. "He actually has another engagement. Booth Newspapers

March 13, 2014 Updates

Gigi Datome of the Pistons confirmed that he will play for Italian National Team next summer. Italy missed the qualification at FIBA World Cup and will play Eurobasket QR against Russia and Switzerland. Datome is playing his rookie season in the NBA with the Pistons averaging 2.5ppg in just 27 games played. “It is obvious that we would have preferred to play FIBA World Cup because we deserved to play in Spain. Our next goal is to get the pass for Eurobasket 2015. I will play for Italy next summer” said Datome to Repubblica. Sportando

March 12, 2014 Updates

More than one league source cautioned that while the Knicks are way out in front on Phil Jackson publicly, they are not the only team with Jackson’s ear on a possible front office job. The Detroit Pistons are said to be very much in the mix and the Cleveland Cavaliers have at least reached out, although their interest is somewhat muddied at this point. Jackson did some unpaid consulting for Pistons owner Tom Gores last summer, and the two have become somewhat close according to sources. Current Pistons president Joe Dumars is in the final year of his contract and sources close to the situation say it is unlikely that Dumars remains with the Pistons beyond this season. Basketball Insiders

March 10, 2014 Updates

It will be up to owner Tom Gores to decide what to do. The conventional wisdom is that Dumars is a goner, with Gores likely to replace both he and interim coach John Loyer at season's end. Current speculation is that another Pistons Hall of Famer, Isiah Thomas, was in line to replace Dumars. (Gores and the Pistons shot down that talk last week.) Loyer replaced Maurice Cheeks, the latest in a line of coaches who didn't come close to matching the magic Larry Brown captured in Detroit's '04 title run. NBA.com

One of ESPN Films' most-anticipated 30 for 30 projects has an official airdate: The Bad Boys, which chronicles the dynastic Pistons teams of the late 1980s and early '90s, will debut Thursday, April 17, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN. The film is a collaboration between ESPN Films and NBA Entertainment -- they partnered on the brilliant "Once Brothers" and the terrific "The Announcement" -- and Boys has the potential to be one of the better 30 for 30 efforts. (NBA Entertainment also produced the last year's sensational "Dream Team" documentary for NBA TV.) More than 40 people were interviewed for the film, including the Pistons' main principals (Isiah Thomas, Bill Lambier, Dennis Rodman, Joe Dumars, Adrian Dantley. Vinnie Johnson, John Salley, Mark Aguirre etc. ...) and rival Michael Jordan. Following the film, ESPN will air a one-hour discussion from 10-11 p.m. ET on the Bad Boys Pistons era. That show will be hosted by Bill Simmons and Jalen Rose, and ESPN NBA analyst Doug Collins will also appear along with several Pistons players from that era. I'll have more on the "The Bad Boys" in a standalone piece on SI.com on Monday. SI.com

March 9, 2014 Updates
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The Bad Boys beat the stars from Larry Brown's 2004 team at the top of the ranking.

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