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By now most people have seen Ben Wallace‘s comments earlier this week that Austin Daye should stop trying to attack the basket and start looking for his jumper more. It’s not the typical advice, as aggression is typically encouraged in young players like Daye, but Wallace was spot on and Rob Mahoney of the New York Times’ Off the Dribble blog explains why:
The 6-11 Daye –- who made 40 percent of his 3-point attempts last year -– should be able to rise and fire against anything other than a hard closeout from a quick-footed big man or a long-armed wing player. Instead, he’s putting the ball on the floor, and often wasting a potentially efficient opportunity:
As odd as it is on the surface for Wallace to chide his teammate for trying to take the ball to the basket, his prescription is actually correct. You can almost see Daye overthink his way into turnover after turnover in those clips, despite the fact that a very reasonable 3-point look was previously in his sights.
Trey Kerby of The Basketball Jones wants to know whether that or Nazr Mohammed airballing a halfcourt shot with five seconds left was the night’s worst airball. Personally, I’d vote for Mohammed. Sorry, Maxiell.
In an effort to show off some of the organizational changes new owner Tom Gores has in store, the Detroit Pistons unveiled the following video at today’s media event:
There are a few interesting things to note:
- As previously speculated, Detroit is serious about using advanced statistics. The word “analytics” appears under the Team Operations section at around the 0:12 mark.
- The team is looking toward expanding its web presence as well. There are 21(!) separate channels on the “Programming” slide.
- Lots of focus on entertainment. The Flight crew makes an appearance, and it looks like the Pistons are adding a Cheer Team, as well as a youth hip-hop dance group called the Mob Squad.
I also got a peek at what looked to be the new pre-game intro video that sets the bar pretty high. The new ownership seems to be making some very visible modifications to the franchise right from the start, and I would bet they don’t plan on stopping any time soon.
Just for Mike Payne, I did another video talking about the Pistons for ESPN.com.
I discussed my belief that figuring out a sensible rotation at the shooting guard position, especially if Rodney Stuckey is really considered more of a two than a one at this point, is still the team’s biggest issue and my feelings that a Greg Monroe-Jonas Jerebko combo would give the Pistons one of the more active frontcourts in the league, particularly on the offensive glass. Video after the jump. Continue reading →
I did a short video report for ESPN on the Pistons’ decision to hire Lawrence Frank last night. Hopefully I’ve come a long way since the last time I was an on-camera personality. Also, yes, I am in a basement. But before you commence with the ‘LOLZ blogger in his mother’s basement’ jokes, know this: I own my own basement, thank you very much.
Fortunately, ‘Sheed will always, always choose to move out of the way rather than get dunked on. (Via The Basketball Jones)
No one wants to miss a season due to injury, but I don’t think anyone will argue that lone highlights don’t get much better than the one White left. Well, if his Twitter feed is any indication, he’s at it again. White posted the above video yesterday, and the springs are still there. White, as a second round pick who didn’t play a game, still faces a tough challenge to earn minutes next year unless a couple of backcourt players are exchanged for frontcourt players, but clearly, the athleticism that made him such an intriguing prospect last year is very much intact.