May: Is This The Year a Deadline Trade Will Impact Championship?

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nadaSome time this June, the NBA will crown a champion for the 2013-14 season. The odds tell us that the champion will have done little to nothing the previous February at the trading deadline.

NBA enthusiasts, zealots and, yes, writers obsess and go into circuit overload in the third week of February – this coming week, in case you weren’t paying attention. But if history is any guide, the chances are remote that a team will make a trade which it can later point to as a reason for winning the championship that season.

The last team that can do that? The 2004 Detroit Pistons.

Tweet of the Night: Dunk Contest Between Tony Mitchell and Rasheed Wallace

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It appears the big man can still get up there, well technically.

Maybe not as smooth as he use to be, Rasheed Wallace and Detroit Pistons forward Tony Mitchell squared off in a thrilling drunk competition at the end of the Pistons practice today.

 

Wallace, now an assistant coach with Detroit, use to get up there with the best of the big men and hammer down hard dunks. Though, never able to dunk like Vince Carter or Dr. J, opposing players would clear the area when he was going to the rim.

Mitchell, a 21-year-old high-flyer, has only appeared in two games with the Pistons so far this season. He’s averaging 1.5 points and .5 assists in about 6.5 minutes of action. Mitchell was selected 37th overall in the 2013 NBA draft by Detroit.

In honor of this great dunk competition, here’s a tribute to one of my all-time favorite dunks by Wallace.

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Evening News: Tibs wants Bulls to re-sign Deng; Sheed mentoring J-Smoove; Noel looks “explosive”

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In today’s news, Luol Deng’s expiring contract in Chicago could cause a rift between the front office and the coach, Rasheed Wallace begins mentoring Josh Smith in his new gig as an assistant in Detroit and Nerlens Noel talked to the media about his rehab progress.

Thibodeau would be upset with Bulls if Deng left

According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, the occasionally unsteady relationship between Tom Thibodeau and Chicago’s front office might hit further turbulence in the coming months as the Bulls prepare to make a decision on impending free agent Luol Deng. 

Five Things to Watch: Detroit Pistons

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Joe_DumarsThe Detroit Pistons have been one of the most active teams in the NBA this offseason. Of course, that shouldn’t surprise anybody who suffered through the marginal talent base and boring, uninspired basketball on display in Motown the past few years.

But after a whirlwind offseason, Detroit is definitely ready to take a big step forward. The Pistons will feature four new starters on Opening Night, including the team’s big free agent signing – Josh Smith. The Smith signing had many NBA observers scratching their heads, and when president Joe Dumars traded for talented but jumper-happy point guard Brandon Jennings, the rumble of questions just got louder.

Jennings and Smith will start alongside the young frontcourt duo of Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond and a shooting guard to be named later. Other new faces include the returning Chauncey Billups, Italian League MVP Luigi Datome and lottery pick Kentavious Caldwell-Pope on the floor, and Maurice Cheeks and Rasheed Wallace on the coaching staff.

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SH Blog: Kobe is running again; Love likes Wolves’ front office switch

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If you haven’t checked out Chris Bernucca’s breakdown of the ten best free agent signings, go do that right now.