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He Is A Real American: Monroe Considered for Team USA

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Left only with Kevin Love, Chris Bosh, Tyson Chandler and Blake Griffin in the frontcourt following the losses of Dwight Howard and LaMarcus Aldridge, USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo is considering filling the roster with Greg Monroe, DeMarcus "Miss Undastood" Cousins and Unibrow. From Pistons Powered via ESPN. Cue the Hulk Hogan theme song.

Rosenthal: Kaepernick May Start By Week 9

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"I hope I'm wrong on this one. I'm a big fan of what Alex Smith accomplished last year, but repeating his season could be difficult. More to the point: The 49ers can't expect their defense to dominate so much and need their passing game to be more of a weapon. If the team is hovering around .500 or below after a tough early slate, don't be surprised if Jim Harbaugh makes a move to Colin Kaepernick during the team's Week 9 bye week." - Greg Rosenthal, NFL.com

LARRY BROWN IS A BASTARD

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and he wants to coach somewhere else... again.

Daye and Bynum want to play - even if it's not in Detroit

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Austin Daye: "I would be open just to play anywhere... I don't really mind where it is, as long as I get to play." Will Bynum: "I want to play. It don't really matter if I'm here. I just want to play." - MLive

Steelers Won't Franchise Mike Wallace?

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"The Pittsburgh Steelers plan to tender, not franchise, restricted free agent Mike Wallace, according to a source close to the wide receiver. This means another team could try to sign Wallace to an offer sheet that the Steelers would have the right to match -- or get a first-round pick in return. The highest qualifying offer for Wallace is about $2.75 million, nearly matching the amount that Pittsburgh is now under the salary cap. To franchise Wallace would cost Pittsburgh $9.5 million, which it currently does not have the salary-cap space to absorb." - ESPN Easily worth the 30th pick in this draft if the Niners offer Wallace more than $2.75 million. Thoughts?

Dumars on Rebuilding

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"Probably around ’09 is when I started to see it,’’ Dumars said. "You started seeing us slow down, and we knew we’ve got to rebuild the foundation and start getting a younger base of guys because those teams had a tremendous run. "Once you see the run starting to fray and lose its legs, then you have to face the reality. We went to six straight conference finals, and there’s nothing wrong with acknowledging that, and I was fine with acknowledging that. "The people in the trenches probably know before anybody else knows. Just little things that start happening. Toward the end of our run [in the 1990s] we weren’t as good in back-to-backs. I saw that in ’08 and ’09 as well. "You start seeing little things like that but you know you are not as good. It’s the reality of facing that it’s coming to an end and, how do we want to deal with this? "And my thing is, you’ve got to rebuild the foundation. That’s what we’re doing now. And we’ll keep adding pieces until we get it back.’’ - Boston.com

Pistons Last In NBA In Attendance

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"The Pistons are last in the NBA in attendance. Entering this debacle [Tuesday's game vs. Mavericks], they were averaging 12,037 per game, more than 2,000 behind the 76ers and more than 3,000 behind the Sacramento Kings." - Michael Rosenberg, Detroit Free Press The article has some derisively amusing commentary on the Mavericks game, but it loses me when Rosenberg touts Prince as some sort of island of effectiveness floating in a sea of otherwise under-performing teammates. Phooey.

Niyo: Knight Must Run The Show

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Opinion piece by John Niyo, The Detroit News. This is a couple days old, but I'm sick of seeing the same Fanshots and thought this could spur some discussion. There are a couple cherry-picked quotables: Dumars: "Sometimes when you're a young player, the best thing that could happen to you is to get thrown into the water. Just get thrown in the water. Sometimes that's the best way to develop as a player, is to be out there." Frank: "Whether you're 17 days in or 16 years in like (Ben Wallace), whoever's gonna help us win, plays."

PBT: Key Deadline Dates of Lockout-Shortened NBA Schedule

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These dates appear to be (mostly) official: Roster deadline: Dec. 24, 6 p.m. (15-player roster limit) Trade deadline: As of now, March 15 (Target date) Guarantee date: All contracts become guaranteed Feb. 10. Start of 10-day contracts: Feb. 6. Active-roster reduction: Feb. 6. (12 active players) Rookie-scale extension deadline: Jan. 25. Playoff-eligibility: This deadline has yet to be established.

Bulls.com photoshops Rip. Will a former Piston's mask and headband be an issue this time in...

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Bulls.com photoshops Rip. Will a former Piston's mask and headband be an issue this time in Chicago?

Rockets To Use Amnesty Provision On Thabeet

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Would he be worth a claim for the Pistons?

HOOPSWORLD: Pistons Waive Kareem Rush

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Oh, Kareem, we hardly knew thee.

Adrian Wojnarowski: Clippers Claim Billups

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The Clippers placed a bid on Chauncey Billups, league source tells Y! Sports. So, Chauncey Billups doesn't get his wish to be a free agent. He'll play for the Clippers this season Billups is terrific fit for Clippers. Amnesty rules don't allow him to be traded until after season. Clippers claimed Big Shot to play him. Adrian Wojnarowski @WojYahooNBA

LA Times: Clippers Close To Deal For Paul

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"The Clippers would send the Hornets center Chris Kaman, backup second-year guard Eric Bledsoe, second-year forward Al-Farouq Aminu and the No. 1 draft pick they got from the Minnesota Timberwolves that is unprotected in the 2012 draft, considered to be one of the best in recent years." - Broderick Turner, LA Times (Via HOOPSWORLD)

David West to Pacers

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No sign-and-trade to Boston. West to Pacers, 2 yrs./$20 mil. But the Pistons re-signed Tayshaun, so that's something.

CSNNE: Pistons May Challenge Celtics For Big Baby

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"Two league sources on Monday said that a number of Davis' teammates, including Paul Pierce, have reached out to Davis in an effort to convince him to return to Boston. But re-signing Davis won't be easy. For starters, Davis is an unrestricted free agent and can sign with any team he wants to. One of Boston's biggest challengers for Davis will be Detroit, a team that has coveted Davis for a number of years. And the Pistons may be willing to offer Davis the full mid-level exception which is worth $5 million in the yet-to-be-ratified new Collective Bargaining Agreement. The Celtics have Davis' Bird Rights which would allow them to exceed the salary cap to re-sign him." - A. Sherrod Blakely, CSNNE Contributor and MLive traitor

What We Need: Pistons Invite (Another) Point Guard To Training Camp

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"Walker Russell Jr. is playing his fifth season in the NBA Development League, but it seems this might finally be the year for the veteran point guard out of Jacksonville State. The 6-foot point guard... was named the D-League Player of the Week on Monday after learning he's been invited to attend training camp with the Detroit Pistons. The veteran playmaker is averaging 20.3 points and 11 assists through the first three games of the season, moving himself into sixth all-time with 969 career assists in the D-League." - Ridiculous Upside

NYT: Very Few Teams Will Use Amnesty Provision

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Under the amnesty provision, each team can waive one player and remove him from the salary cap — creating room to sign another player and potentially saving millions in luxury-tax penalties. The money does not disappear. The player must still be paid. But the provision could give a few teams some relief and put an extra jolt in the free-agent market. "I don’t think there will be very many at all," said one team executive, who asked to remain anonymous while the lockout remains in effect. At most, three to six teams will take advantage of the amnesty clause this year, the executive said — a view that was echoed by others around the league. The reasons are varied and complicated. Some teams are so far above the cap that removing one player will not provide room to sign free agents. A few teams have such low payrolls that they would dip below the minimum-payroll requirements. At least 10 teams have no obvious candidates for amnesty. And many teams might simply hold onto their amnesty card for a future year. According to a draft of the rule, a team can use the provision in any off-season, subject to two restrictions: the player must have been signed before July 1, 2011, and must be on the team’s current roster. In other words, a team cannot sign or trade for a player now and apply for amnesty later. The provision is meant for past mistakes, not future cap calamities. -Howard Beck, New York Times

Mel Kiper: Five worst NFL QB situations

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It's an ESPN Insider article, so I'll sum it up: 1. Washington Redskins 2. Denver Broncos 3. Miami Dolphins 4. Seattle Seahawks 5. Kansas City Chiefs Too soon to tell: 6. Jacksonville Jaguars 7. Minnesota Vikings 8. Tennessee Titans Has Mel wondering: 9. Buffalo Bills 10. Arizona Cardinals 11. Cleveland Browns As a long-time Alex Smith apologist, I find it amazing (and refreshing) that the 49ers are no longer on this list!

Someone at HOOPSWORLD Solves All the Pistons' Problems

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To sum up: Focus rebuilding around Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe and Austin Daye. Buy out Rip's contract. Trade Ben Gordon to the Hawks or the Lakers (or the Celtics, the Magic, the Knicks, the Spurs or the Hornets) for an undetermined commodity and a sprinkling of draft picks. Trade Villanueva for expiring contracts (or something). Sign Marc Gasol (or don't). Draft Harrison Barnes, Andre Drummond or Anthony Davis. Genius.

AOL Fanhouse: Jed York is to Blame for Candlestick Violence

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It's a bit hyperbolic, but the writer points out the fact that, rather than blaming "roughneck" fans for unexcusable behavior, York has failed to create a safe environment and a culture to support fan safety at The Stick.

Greg Monroe: Playing Overseas Is "Definitely An Option"

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"The oddity in 2011, with the NBA’s labor dispute looking like it could be a lengthy one, is seemingly all hardwoods roads are pointing anywhere but stateside. That goes for those that have shown they can play in the world’s top league like Monroe. "It’s something I’m still thinking about," said Monroe, who shined for the Detroit Pistons last season. "It’s definitely an option." ...If he wants to once again join forces with DaJuan Summers, his former teammate with Georgetown and Detroit, Monroe will need to head across the Atlantic." - CSN Baltimore

Objection Overruled! Ben Wallace Wants To Be Your Lawyer

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The Law Offices of Blocks, Rebounds, Hustle & Hustle [Ed. note - this is an old story that's getting some more run because Wallace is still looking into lawyering as a career after basketball, which may come sooner than later if there is no 2011-2012 season]

Will Bynum to Maccabi Tel Aviv?

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"A source exclusively informed 'Eurobasket' that Bynum, who played for Maccabi between the 2006-2008 seasons, expressed strong interest in and is eager to return to Israel for a so-called 'remix', where he would pair up with childhood friend, Jeremy Pargo, creating one of the most talented, fastest and most athletic back court line in Europe, as they will work to win a Euroleague title. 'Bynum would love to go back to Maccabi if it made sense,' said a source with knowledge of Bynum's situation... Bynum aka 'Bynumite', for his explosive athletic ability, played the last three seasons in the NBA for the Detroit Pistons and still has a signed contract with the organization. However, sources close to the player confirmed that he might be interested in opting out of his contract to join Maccabi. 'He did love playing overseas and especially with Maccabi and would never turn down an opportunity to go back if it made sense.' Israeli sources confirmed that Maccabi is negotiating contract terms with an NBA point guard." - David Pick, Eurobasket (Hat tip: HOOPSWORLD)

New York Post: Nets Want Nene, Tayshaun Prince

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"Two unrestricted free agents, Denver's power forward/center Nene, and Detroit's small forward Tayshaun Prince, will be the Nets' prime targets when the lockout ends. Kris Humphries is a priority to re-sign -- but only at a reasonable price."
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