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 Posted: Wed Nov 23rd, 2016 04:33 am
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freebirdsforever2001 wrote: chrob61 wrote: With the apparent press conference today, the Detroit Pistons will announce they will be moving to the new "Little Caesar's Arena" (hate that name) starting with the 2017/2018 season.

There's talk of demolishing the Palace, built in 1988.

It's amazing how these stadiums can just pop up and be knocked down so easily!!

Does Detroit even have the money to demolish the Palace? If they do, Ron Artest should be the one allowed to detonate the place.

Didn't they recently do some upgrades to the Palace.

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 Posted: Wed Nov 23rd, 2016 12:27 pm
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Mysterious wrote: freebirdsforever2001 wrote: chrob61 wrote: With the apparent press conference today, the Detroit Pistons will announce they will be moving to the new "Little Caesar's Arena" (hate that name) starting with the 2017/2018 season.

There's talk of demolishing the Palace, built in 1988.

It's amazing how these stadiums can just pop up and be knocked down so easily!!

Does Detroit even have the money to demolish the Palace? If they do, Ron Artest should be the one allowed to detonate the place.

Didn't they recently do some upgrades to the Palace.

I'm sure they'll scrape up the money somewhere- no I don't know if updates were made recently to the Palace.   I'll miss that 15 minute drive from my house though!

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 Posted: Wed Nov 23rd, 2016 07:38 pm
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The Palace of Auburn Hills is located in the distant suburbs from Detroit. It isn't on the city itself to demolish it. Auburn Hills is pretty prosperous. There were big renovations to the Palace in the 2010-15 range on a gradual basis at a cost of around $110,000,000. It's on a piece of land that will be fairly valuable for a non residential development, be that a shopping center or large scale business that needs lots of room.

The curious part to me is the Pistons will go from being an owner to a tenant and from getting revenue on every event at the building to just getting revenue on its own games. Metro Detroit (not just Detroit proper) is absolutely big enough and well off enough to support two major arenas. I'd love to know the long term revenue difference between staying put and going downtown along with what the sale of the Palace will garner.

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Los Angeles Lakers guard D'Angelo Russell will miss a minimum of two weeks after receiving platelet-rich plasma treatment for his left knee, the team announced Wednesday.

On Tuesday, Russell was initially ruled out for two games after the issue had bothered him for a week or so. At the time, Lakers coach Luke Walton acknowledged the No. 2 pick of the 2015 draft might have to be shut down temporarily.

Platelet-rich plasma treatment (PRP) is a procedure in which an athlete's own platelets are drawn, spun in a centrifuge, and re-injected into the affected area. NBAers like Dwight Howard have used it in the past.

The Lakers said Russell will be re-evaluated in one week.

The 20-year-old leads the Lakers in assists (4.8), and is second in scoring (16.1).

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The Golden State Warriors not only continue to make the extra pass, they're absolutely killing the extra pass.

The Dubs set a new franchise record with 47 assists in Wednesday's 149-106 beatdown of the Los Angeles Lakers - the most in an NBA game since the Phoenix Suns dropped 47 dimes on Nov. 29, 1991.

Now 13-2, the @warriors beat the @Lakers 149-106. Their win streak is up to 9 games thanks to a strong night from Curry (31p/9a). pic.twitter.com/XOxAvKyz2c

— NBA (@NBA) November 24, 2016
The Warriors' 47 helpers were on 53 field goals, an 88.7 percent assist rate.

Draymond Green led the way with 11 dimes, Stephen Curry had nine, while Kevin Durant and Andre Iguodala had five apiece. David West and Patrick McCaw even added four each.

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham will miss 4-6 weeks of action due to a fractured right fibula, the team announced Thursday.

Cunningham departed the Pelicans' 117-96 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday after playing 12 minutes. He'd started the past eight games for New Orleans at small forward, averaging 5.6 points with career highs in 3-point attempts per contest (2.6) and 3-point percentage (41).

It's a noticeable blow for a team that has won four straight, and is still awaiting the return of Tyreke Evans from injury. Cunningham's absence likely moves Solomon Hill back into the starting lineup.

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Twelve-year NBA sharpshooter Kevin Martin didn't land a contract anywhere over the summer, so on Friday he announced his retirement from playing.

"There are so many ways to announce your after-professional career plans. My family and close friends have known since June of the direction I wanted my life to go," Martin wrote in an advertisement in his hometown newspaper, the Zanesville (OH) Times Recorder.

Martin, 33, also said that his foundation will donate $100,000 to youth initiatives in Zanesville as a thank you to the community.

A first-round pick by the Sacramento Kings in 2004, Martin may be best remembered as one of the key players moved from the Houston Rockets to the Oklahoma City Thunder in the still-debated 2012 James Harden trade.

Despite that footnote, Martin was an effective player for most of his career, averaging 17.4 points on 38.4 percent 3-point shooting in 714 career games with five teams. He played 16 games with the San Antonio Spurs last season after accepting a buyout from the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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Big THANKS! @KingJames here's our teams reaction after they learned about the shoes u sent. #comeoutofnowhere #priceless #WeAreNorth pic.twitter.com/LQHaDLlbnV

— SMN Athletics (@SMNathletics) November 22, 2016
The Shawnee Mission North boys basketball team in Kansas got quite the surprise Tuesday afternoon after learning that LeBron James had gifted each of them with a pair of his new Soldier 10 shoes.

James also included a note with the shoes congratulating the team on winning their first state title in 63 years, which read:

Indians,

It took 63 years.
Now what's it gonna take to do it again?
The squad is new, but the prize ain't changed.
You got what it takes to stay at the top.
Don't just believe it.
Expect it.
I'll be watching.

-LeBron

Big SO to @KingJames and @Nike for the classy recognition and shoes for the team! @Smnboysbball so surprised! #Thankful #comeoutofnowhere pic.twitter.com/VOEDT1I1Lp

— SMN Athletics (@SMNathletics) November 22, 2016

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With "DNP-Rest" becoming more common in box scores these days, the NBA has a request for teams:

If you're going to rest your guys, don't make fans from other cities suffer.

That's the message from commissioner Adam Silver out of sympathy for people who go to games expecting to see the visiting team's stars, only to find them sitting out while perfectly healthy.

There were no doubt some folks in Indiana were upset last week when Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James sat out against the Pacers.

"I get for those disappointed fans," Silver said recently on SiriusXM NBA Radio. "Part of me would prefer that if you're going to rest a player, rest him for the home fans, because they get to see that player all the time."

That's merely a recommendation, though, rather than a rule the NBA has or plans to enforce because it's more complicated than that, with coaches often considering matchups when resting their men.

"I'm super reluctant to start telling these great coaches how they should manage minutes of players. I think it puts us in an untenable position to try to set rules that say you can't rest a guy," the commissioner explained.

After all, the 82-game schedule takes its toll on players, and some are older or coming off of injuries (or both), so they'll inevitably take some nights off to recuperate.

Silver admitted it's a problem the NBA (and other sports leagues) don't have a solution for.

For its part, the Association has tried to soften the blow of the intense slate by reducing the number of back-to-back sets and occasions when teams take the floor for four games in five nights, Silver noted. The rest is up to the clubs.

"We ultimately have to rely on the good faith of our teams and our players as to what appropriate rest is," he said, before adding that contests will still be competitive despite hoopers resting, given the quality of players and roster depth in today's game.

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The Phoenix Suns are playing for the future, yet their present struggles could be enough to force management to make a move, rather than remain at a standstill.

One name continuously brought up as being on the chopping block is point guard Brandon Knight, despite general manager Ryan McDonough recently saying during a Phoenix sports radio appearance that he isn't actively trying to trade him.

Even so, several league executives are of the belief that Knight will be made available at some point before February's trade deadline, according to ESPN's Marc Stein.

The 24-year-old was recently inserted back into Earl Watson's starting lineup following a "minor head injury" to T.J. Warren that will keep him on the shelf for at least the next couple of weeks. Knight is averaging 10.3 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.3 dimes in 26.9 minutes in his last three appearances as a starter.

His numbers as a whole on the year leave a lot to be desired, as he's currently putting up some of his worst offensive stats since he entered the league back in 2011. His shots aren't dropping (38.4 percent from the field, 31.4 percent from 3-point range), he's extremely turnover prone (3 turnovers per 36 minutes), and Phoenix performs much better defensively when he doesn't play (6.1 fewer points per 100 possessions).

The core of Warren, Devin Booker, Eric Bledsoe, Alex Len, Marquese Chriss, and Dragan Bender seems pretty much set, with Knight on the outside looking in. His production has fallen off in his second full season with the organization, and unless he miraculously starts showing management enough upside to warrant sticking around, he'll be an easy target for rival teams looking to acquire some backcourt depth.

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There is zero reason to care about the NBA until the Cavaliers-Warriors finals

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While it could realistically be having a negative effect on his starting center's free-throw percentage, Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown remains in full support of the team's new "Trust the Process" chant.

"I do (like it)," Brown told ESPN's Dave McMenamin. "I do. You know, I think we need something like that in this city and I'm not frowning upon that. We want to have some fun."


Sixers fans have quickly made the chant a staple of home games, breaking out in unison every time Joel Embiid steps to the free-throw line.

"We're not going to veer to the right or the left. And when the crowd gets going with 'the process' and Joel anoints himself 'Trust the process,' there's a side of it, I say, 'Good for the crowd, good for Joel,' and none of us are going to take ourselves too serious."

Embiid has been one of the team's lone bright spots in an otherwise disappointing start to the season, averaging a ridiculous 28.3 points, 12.1 rebounds, 3.8 blocks, and 2.0 assists per 36 minutes.

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DeMarcus Cousins climbed the Sacramento Kings' record books Sunday night.

With his 37 points in a win over the Brooklyn Nets, the All-Star center passed Chris Webber for third place on the franchise's all-time scoring list in the Sacramento era.

In 6 1/2 years in Sacramento, Webber accrued 8,843 points. "Boogie" sits in third with 8,847 career points, behind Peja Stojakovic (9,498) and Mitch Richmond (12,070). Oscar Robertson, who played with the franchise when it was in Cincinnati as the Royals, owns the all-time franchise record with 22,009.

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A pair of Kevins - Love of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Durant of the Golden State Warriors - have been named NBA Players of the Week for games played Nov. 21-27.

Love helped lead the Cavs to a 3-0 record over that stretch, averaging 30.7 points and 9.7 rebounds to go along with 65.5 percent 3-point shooting. He scored 34 points in the first quarter of Wednesday's win over the Portland Trail Blazers, the highest-scoring output ever in an NBA first quarter.

Meanwhile, Durant helped the Warriors to a 4-0 week with averages of 24.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 6.3 assists, and 2.8 blocks to claim the weekly Western Conference honor. He registered a career-high six swats in Saturday's victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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LeBron James was among the concerned Ohioans Monday morning reacting to news of violence on the Ohio State campus in Columbus.

Praying for all students on @OhioState campus!! Please find safely asap!! 🙏.

— LeBron James (@KingJames) November 28, 2016
James and his Cavs' teammates had just been on campus Saturday for the Buckeye football team's victory over Michigan.

Others, including Ohio State alumni, also sent their prayers.

#PrayersforOSU

— Mike Conley (@mconley11) November 28, 2016
Praying for the Ohio state university. Please be safe.

— Jared Sullinger (@Jared_Sully0) November 28, 2016
We are all Buckeyes. Our thoughts are with all of @OhioState and Columbus today.

— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) November 28, 2016

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