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Via Os Davis of Ball In Europe, Pistons forward Jonas Jerebko after his Swedish team’s loss to Germany in FIBA EuroBasket 2013:
Sweden’s NBA representative and top scorer at 22.0 ppg in the tourney, Jonas Jerebko, was surprisingly optimistic regarding his Detroit Pistons’ chances in 2012-13 and stoically realistic/pessimistic about the national team.
Jerebko was quite sunny about the 2012-13 edition of Pistons. The goal, Jerebko reckons, is to make the playoffs – an aim which, despite playing what the Swede calls “playoff-level basketball,” was well missed in ‘11-12. As for Team Sweden, well … despite a “very bright future,” making a proper splash in EuroBasket competitions will happen “not right now.”
This summer, Will Bynum is giving back to his community by hosting a basketball camp in Chicago. Bynum, who had a uphill battle to the League that included stops in Israel and the D-League, is instilling his campers with the necessary skills to succeed on the court. Check out Bynum and his campers going to work at bball powerhouse Whitney Young in the video above.
Thanks to reader Need4Detroit, who sent along these highlight videos of Andre Drummond, Kyle Singler, Austin Daye and Kim English for anyone who may have missed last week’s Orlando Summer League and wants to see some clips.
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 →