Chauncey Billups, who led the Detroit Pistons to the 2004 NBA championship and was named Finals MVP, is now the assistant head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers under new head coach Ty Lue.
During his playing career, Billups was a five-time NBA All-Star and a three-time All-NBA selection. He retired in 2014, and has served as a studio analyst. Last year, he became a game analyst on Los Angeles Clippers telecasts in addition to his work with ESPN.
Could Mr. Big Shot soon become Mr. Head coach? It sure looks like that’s a possibility.
A report from senior Yahoo NBA writer Chris Haynes indicates that NBA teams are scouting former Detroit Pistons Finals MVP Chauncey Billups as a head coaching candidate.
Billups, who retired in 2014, had been in talks regarding the vacant Cleveland Cavaliers GM position in 2017 before withdrawing his name from consideration; he had also previously interviewed for the Atlanta Hawks GM position.
Billups led the Pistons to the 2004 NBA championship in a stunning upset over the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers, and was named Finals MVP.
The Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Pelicans and Chicago Bulls all have head coaching vacancies after former NBA MVP Steve Nash was hired by the Brooklyn Nets earlier today.
The organization would also welcome a reunion with Chauncey Billups, who has maintained that he is interested in being hired only as general manager, according to a source. The Pistons would prefer to hire Billups, who has no NBA executive experience, as an assistant, where he could learn the ins and outs of working in a front office.
Nation, who would you prefer the Pistons hire? Chauncey Billups or Tayshaun Prince?
On Tuesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Detroit Pistons are beginning a search for a general manager to work alongside Ed Stefanski and Dwane Casey.
The question is, who would be the best candidate for the job that would also be interested in the job?
Here are 3 candidates who I believe would be a good fit for the Pistons.
Chauncey Billups not only played with the Pistons for eight seasons, but he has been mentioned plenty of times as the perfect GM candidate if the team ever begins a search. Well, that search is reportedly underway and you can bet Billups will get a call from Ed Stefanski and company.
Like Billups, Tayshaun Prince also has a connection to the Pistons as he played with the Goin’ to Work Pistons for 12 seasons. Prince is currently the Vice President of Basketball affairs for the Memphis Grizzlies and he would be a solid choice to be the next general manager of the Pistons.
Though Shane Battier never played for the Detroit Pistons, he was born in Birmingham, MI and he played his high school basketball at Detroit Country Day, where he won the 1997 Mr. Basketball Award for the state of Michigan. Following high school, Battier went on to play four seasons at Duke where he won a National Championship in 2001. He is currently the Director of Basketball Analytics and Development for the Miami Heat.
Nation, which of these three candidates would you prefer?
On Easter Sunday, former Detroit Pistons PG Chauncey Billups shocked the world by defeating one of the best shooters in the NBA, Trey Young, in the opening round of the H-O-R-S-E competion which is being aired on ESPN.
On Thusday, Billups battled Mike Conley on the semifinals and unfortunately, the former Piston was sent home packing. (Well, actually, he already is home but you get the point)
You may have heard that plans were in the works for current and former NBA/WNBA players will be having a HORSE shooting competition. Well, those plans have come to fruition and according to reports, the competition will begin on Sunday and will air on ESPN.
One reason for Detroit fans to be excited about this competition is that former Pistons PG Chauncey Billups is scheduled to be part of it.
Full ‘HORSE’ roster:
▪️ Chris Paul ▪️ Trae Young ▪️ Zach LaVine ▪️ Mike Conley ▪️ Chauncey Billups ▪️ Paul Pierce ▪️ Allie Quigley ▪️ Tamika Catchings
Here is how the competition will work: (Via MLive)
Participants in the challenge will be divided into two groups of four and play in courts at their homes. They’ll match shots of their opponents in a single-elimination tournament style. After the first two games, the winners of each group will head to the semifinals. The winners of the semifinals will match-up in the championship round.
The most senior player will call heads or tails at the coin toss to determine who takes the first shot. Each player must detail the shot attempt that they will take and define the type of score they intend to make before taking a shot, like if it’s a bank shot or swish. Players won’t be able to dunk and for each missed shot, they’ll get a letter. The first player to spell H-O-R-S-E will be eliminated.
State Farm, who is sponsoring the event will also donate more than $200,000 to charities working to fight the coronavirus pandemic.
Everything will air on ESPN and it can be streamed on theESPN app.
Here are the groups for Sunday’s challenge:
Chauncey Billups – NBA Legend, ESPN Analyst
Tamika Catchings – WNBA Legend
Mike Conley Jr. – Utah Jazz
Trae Young – Atlanta Hawks
Zach LaVine – Chicago Bulls
Chris Paul – Oklahoma City Thunder
Paul Pierce – NBA Legend, ESPN Analyst
Allie Quigley – Chicago Sky
NBA HORSE Challenge
Sun, Apr. 12, 7-9 p.m.
Quarterfinals Group 1: Trae Young vs. Chauncey Billups
Quarterfinals Group 1: Tamika Catchings vs. Mike Conley Jr.
Quarterfinals Group 2: Zach LaVine vs. Paul Pierce
Quarterfinals Group 2: Chris Paul vs. Allie Quigley
The “Going to Work” Detroit Pistons will be forever treasured in Detroit sports lore as being a squad solely built on teamwork and chemistry rather than superstars. And of course, it culminated in the franchise’s third NBA title, taking down the superstar laden Los Angeles Lakers in 2004.
And now, three members from that legendary team have the chance to be honored in the 2020 NBA Hall of Fame draft class.
Chauncey Billups, Richard “Rip” Hamilton, and Ben Wallace were all included on the list of eligible candidates to be inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame next year.
The sports scene in Detroit has been through a lot this year, but with Christmas right around the corner, maybe a Christmas miracle will happen. The Lions, Pistons, Red Wings and Tigers could all use a miracle right now. The Lions (3-9-1), Pistons (10-15), and Red Wings (8-22-3) currently hold losing records so far this season and the Tigers (47-114) wrapped up their season a few months back and finished with the worst record in baseball this season. Detroit’s fan-base has been through a lot this year, but have stuck around even through the bad times. With a loyal fan-base, Detroit deserves better. Here is our top five Christmas wish list for our sports teams.
5. For Michigan to finally beat Ohio State in a football game (with or without Jim Harbaugh)
The Michigan Wolverines finished the regular season 9-3 and will face Alabama on January 1st at the Citrus Bowl. Coming into the season, Michigan had bigger plans in mind and was hoping to make the NCAA playoffs. Michigan fell short of that goal, but along the way, they also failed to beat Ohio State University, falling to the Buckeyes 56-27.
Michigan has lost to the Buckeyes eight straight times including this year’s defeat. Michigan’s last victory against Ohio State University came in 2011. Prior to that, the Wolverines have lost seven straight games to the Buckeyes. When the Wolverines signed Jim Harbaugh back in 2014 to a deal that would make him college’s highest-paid coach at the time, the goal was to win on the biggest stage and defeat the Buckeyes along the way. Jim Harbaugh is currently the first coach in Michigan’s history to start 0-5 against the Buckeyes.
The Pistons have lost 14 straight playoff games coming into this season, setting the record for the most consecutive playoff game losses by a franchise. The New York Knicks previously held the record at 13 games. Ever since trading Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess to the Denver Nuggets for an aging Allen Iverson in 2008, the Pistons have fallen off the rails. The Pistons gave the keys to “Sacred Cow” Rodney Stuckey, but Stuckey was not able to replicate the same success as Billups.
The Pistons made their first playoff appearance since 2009 during the 2015-16 season, losing to the Cleveland Cavaliers in all four games. The Pistons made the post-season again during the 2018-19 season and lost to the Milwaukee Bucks in all four games in that series as well.
The Pistons have a good chance to make the playoffs again if everyone can stay healthy this season. The Pistons have won four of their last five games and the team is starting to gel together nicely. If the Pistons can keep this momentum going, they should be able to challenge for a bottom seed in this upcoming post-season. Winning a game won’t silence all critics, but it would be a huge step in the right direction after losing 14 straight playoff games.
3. For the Red Wings to make it back to the post-season
For one of NHL’s most storied franchises, just making the playoffs will not suffice with some fans, and that’s understandable. The Detroit Red Wings have danced in the post-season in 62 out of 86 seasons while winning 11 championships along the way, easily the most championships won by a major sports team in Detroit. The Red Wings at one point made it to the post-season 25 straight times, dating back to the 1989-90 season. The Red Wings last made the post-season in 2016, losing in the first round to the Tampa Bay Lightning. Since then, the Red Wings have not made the playoffs for three straight years.
The Red Wings used to be a team you either enjoyed to cheer for or loved to root against (if you weren’t from Michigan). While the Red Wings fan-base is still loyal, these last few seasons haven’t been easy.
This year, the Red Wings are led by RW Anthony Mantha in goals (12) and LW Tyler Bertuzzi in assists (15) and points (25). It seems like a while ago now since the Red Wings were led by Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk. The Red Wings are currently in last place in the league as of this writing, a far cry from where they used to sit just several years ago when they won 48 games during the 2011-12 season.
Red Wings’ legend Steve Yzerman returned this year, stepping in as the Red Wings new Executive Vice President and General Manager. Yzerman won the General Manager of the Year Award in 2015 during his stint with the Tampa Bay Lightning, becoming the first General Manager in history to ever do so in Tampa. The hope is that Yzerman can bring some of his magic over from Tampa back home to Detroit.
The Red Wings still have a long way to go before they can be looked at as serious title contenders, but just making it back to the post-season would be a huge stepping stone for our young building blocks.
The Detroit Tigers have been in MLB’s basement for some time now, finishing in the bottom five in each of the past three seasons. The Tigers were dead last this past season, finishing with a 47-114 record for the season. To make matters worse (or better depending on how you look at it), the Tigers weren’t able to play a full 162 games this year since one of their games against the Chicago White Sox was canceled. Strange enough, this wasn’t the Tiger’s worst season.
In 2003, the Tigers finished 43-119, the worst season in AL history. Just a few years after finishing with the worst season in AL history, in 2006 the Tigers made it to the World Series after finishing the season 95-67. The Tigers were able to make it back to the World Series again in 2012 before losing the series 4-0 against the San Francisco Giants.
The Tigers aren’t expected to make it to the World Series as the 2003 team did, but stranger things have happened. Tigers’ RHP Casie Mize looks promising, and while the Tigers have a long way to go, they still have some promising prospects that could make things interesting again in the AL Central Division in just a couple of short years.
In 1963, William Clay Ford Sr. purchased the Detroit Lions. Since the untimely death of William Clay Ford Sr., Martha Firestone Ford became the principal owner of the Detroit Lions. Since William’s purchase of the Lions, the Lions have only won one playoff game (against the Dallas Cowboys in 1992) and have not won a playoff game in over 10,000 days. In that time span, the Lions have had all-time greats, from RB Barry Sanders to WR Calvin Johnson, but were still unable to win more than one playoff game.
The Lions under the Fords have not been to the Super Bowl. The only other teams in the NFL to have never made the Super Bowl are the Browns, Jaguars, and Texans.
The Lions made history by going 0-16 during the 2008 NFL season.
Fans have been begging for the Fords to sell the team, and at this point, it doesn’t look like Martha will be ready to sell the team anytime soon.
The Detroit Pistons are coming into the 2019-20 season with a sense of hope. Last season, the Pistons were eliminated from the playoffs after being swept 4-0 during their first round series against the Milwaukee Bucks. Some may argue that if Blake Griffin were healthy during the playoffs, the Pistons could have made things interesting and could have potentially pulled off an upset, defeating the first seeded Milwaukee Bucks.
During the off-season, the Pistons signed point guard Derrick Rose and power forward Markieff Morris, made a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks for small forward Tony Snell, and drafted SekouDoumbouya out of France to bolster a lineup that already included All-Stars Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond.
The expectation this year in Detroit is to make it back to the playoffs, but how far will the Pistons go? Will they be better, the same, or even worse this upcoming season? That and more will be covered here in our top five bold predictions for the 2019-20 season.
1. Derrick Rose will supplant incumbent starter Reggie Jackson on the depth chart
This may not appear to be a bold prediction initially. Derrick Rose is coming off a season in which he averaged 18 points, 4.3 assist and 1.1 three-pointers per game. Reggie Jackson is coming off a season in which he averaged 15.4 points, 4.2 assist and a career high 2.1 three-pointers per game. So why is this a bold prediction? Derrick Rose’s health.
Rose played in 51 games last season. Meanwhile, Reggie Jackson played in all 82 games during the regular season. If it wasn’t for health concerns, this would not be a bold prediction. Rose certainly has the skill set to pass up Reggie on the depth chart, but the Pistons will make sure Rose is healthy enough for a hopeful playoff run. Having Rose fresh off the bench to manage his minutes makes sense, but there is a chance Rose can stay healthy and convince the coaching staff he’s ready for starter minutes.
In Blake Griffin’s first full season with the Pistons, he played in 75 games, the most he’s played since his 2013-14 season with the Los Angeles Clippers when he played in 80 games. If Rose can replicate Griffin’s health and play in at least 70 games, then moving Rose up the dept chart would be the smart move here.
2. Both Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond make the All-Star team
Both Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond have made the All-Star team in previous seasons, but they have not done it together since Blake Griffin joined Detroit during the 2017-18 season. Last year, Blake Griffin made it to the big stage and the year before, it was Andre Drummond representing the Motor City at the All-Star game. The Pistons have not had multiple All-Stars on the same team since 2008 when Chauncey (Mr. Big Shot) Billups and Richard (Rip) Hamilton made the team, representing the East.
Andre Drummond is playing for a contract, as his current contract is set to expire once the season is over. Drummond will be looking for a big pay day, so expect him to have a career year this season. Blake shouldn’t have any issues joining the team for this year’s mid-season exhibition game as long as he is healthy.
3. Detroit will receive outside help to pair up with Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond
The Pistons have made it clear they want to be contenders this season. Their off-season acquisitions suggest they are in win now mode, with Blake Griffin entering this upcoming season at age 30. Assuming the Pistons doesn’t shake up their entire roster, they could put themselves in play for a player that can get them over the hump. Buddy Hield out of Sacramento is a situation worth monitoring if he and Sacramento can’t come to terms on a deal soon. Kyle Lowry is also worth monitoring if the Raptors playoff hopes evaporates right around the All-Star break. Either player could form a big three with Griffin and Drummond, and should be enough for the Pistons to make things interesting around the second round of the playoffs.
4. Dwane Casey in serious contention for coach of the year award
This is contingent on where the Pistons finish this season. Dwane Casey has already won the coach of the year award during his time with the Toronto Raptors. Ironically, he was released from the team the same year he won the award. During his first season in Detroit, Casey helped the Pistons finish 41-41, the first time the Pistons did not finish their season with a losing record since the 2015-16 season. The Pistons look to build off of last season, and right now the arrow is pointing up. How far up they rise in wins depends on their roster structure and how far their coach can take them. If Casey can kick things up a notch and help this team win above 50 games (more on this with our fifth bold prediction), he will certainly be in the discussion. The last Pistons coach to win coach of the year was current Dallas Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle , when he won the award in 2002.
5. Detroit will win over 50 games this season
A lot will have to go right for this prediction to come to fruition. This starts with keeping Blake Griffin healthy when the playoffs start. Blake Griffin has experience winning playoff games, something the Pistons have not been able to do since the 2007-08 season. Another year under Dwane Casey should also help the Pistons with continuity. Off-season key acquisitions Derrick Rose and Markieff Morris will also be able to help as veterans/leaders for some of the younger/inexperienced guys on the current roster.
If the Pistons can win above 50 games, it’s possible they can inch their way into a top four seed, and have home court advantage for the first round of the 2019-20 season. If the Pistons remain stagnant (another first round exit), then next off-season will be interesting in seeing which direction the Pistons will go heading into the 2020-21 season: do they blow it up, or continue to build?
Detroit heads into Bankers Life Fieldhouse to face the Indiana Pacers this upcoming Wednesday, October 23rd for their first game of the season.
Saturday night marked the first NBA Playoff game ever at Little Ceasars Arena for the Detroit Pistons.
The Pistons came out swinging in front of a loud, sold-out crowd as they jumped out to a quick 7-2 lead. Unfortunately, that lead did not last long as the Milwaukee Bucks weathered the early storm before building a 67-54 halftime lead.
One reason for the halftime deficit was the Pistons lack of defensive intensity, especially from Andre Drummond, who looked to sleepwalk through the first half.
One person who noticed Drummond’s laziness was former Pistons’ legend, Chauncey Billups.
That was the theme of the legendary 2003-04 Detroit Pistons who shocked the world by winning their third NBA title over the heavily favored Los Angeles Lakers in a mere five games. It was their blue collar attitude that captured the Motor City’s attention and hearts, and will forever hold a special place in Detroit sports history.
During halftime of the Pistons matchup against the Charlotte Hornets, several members of the 2004 champions were on hand to mark the 15th anniversary of their title – including Rip Hamilton, coach Larry Brown, Chauncey Billups, and Ben Wallace.
The Detroit Pistons will once again be without star forward Blake Griffin Wednesday night at home against the Indiana Pacers. He’s already missed the past two games after experiencing knee soreness during shootaround before Detroit’s matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers.
During his pre-game press conference, head coach Dwane Casey provided an update on Griffin’s condition.
“No, it’s not structural (Griffin’s injury),” he said. “He’s working, trying to get it back to where he is comfortable with it. He’s still not comfortable with it so the medical people made a decision to hold him until he is comfortable and can go with it.
With a record of 39-38, the Pistons currently occupy the 6th seed in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of the Brooklyn Nets and a full game ahead of the 8th place Miami Heat.
Reggie Jackson’s sick crossover
What a sick move!
Detroit Pistons guard Reggie Jackson absolutely shattered the ankles of Indiana Pacers center Myles Turner during the third quarter of Wednesday night’s game at Little Caesars Arena. An absolutely filthy crossover sent Turner tumbling to the floor right before Jackson drained a jumper.
Every Detroit Pistons’ fan immediately knows the popular chant that became a staple at home games during the 2004 championship run. It’s become a rallying cry behind some of the biggest moments in Pistons’ history and still pumps up the fans today. But who is the man who’s voice has become synonymous with Motor City hoops?
Simply known as “Mason” to fans and players alike, John Mason has been the public address for the Pistons since the 2001-02 NBA season starting at the Palace of Auburn Hills and now at Little Caesars Arena in downtown Detroit. Additionally, he’s also a radio personality, having served as the host of “Mason in the Morning” on WJLB for nearly two decades, and also hosted his own radio show 105.9 KISS-FM.
He’s had the best view in the house for nearly two decades now and has seen some of the greatest players in Pistons history suit up, from 2004 Finals MVP Chauncey Billups and four time defensive player of the year Ben Wallace to Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin. But for those wondering how it all came to be, Mason graciously joined us for an exclusive interview and peek into his life as the arena voice of the Pistons.
Q: How did you get the job of Pistons public address announcer?
A: Well you know, It’s a funny thing. I had just changed radio stations, and the radio station was looking for publicity for the change. They asked me to do some practice; I knew nothing of PA announcing, so I said okay. I had just switched jobs so I thought it’d be a good opportunity to maybe get a deal on season tickets. So I did that, and they told me I’d be going to The Palace (of Auburn Hills). I said that’d be cool. Afterward, they soon gave me the Pistons’ schedule – I didn’t know they were actually asking me to be the PA announcer! Again, I didn’t really know anything about announcing, just what I heard in the background on tv. I didn’t take a paycheck until three weeks before the season ended. I was just having fun, I didn’t know how to ask for one! I was just so locked into doing it correctly, but I didn’t think I had an “arena” voice. I just didn’t want the people to be mad. I didn’t know that you really got paid for it; I thought the prestige was enough.
Q: You were front and center for one of the ugliest moments in sports history – the Malice at the Palace. What was that like?
When the Indiana Pacers took the floor to open the game, they had a chip on their shoulder from the onset. Jamaal Tinsley started cussing after the opening tip-off, so this was happening right away. But the incident with Ben Wallace and Ron Artest – Artest said something about Ben’s mother who had just recently passed away and he made a comment about it. Then, they wanted to pick on Derrick Coleman who had his inner-city friends that night in the crowd. He didn’t want any of that, he laughed it off, and he wouldn’t engage. They were all over the arena. I tried to tell (sportscaster) Jim Gray that was the real story, but they wanted that Hollywood stuff.
I’d never heard players start cussing and stuff at the start of the game as if something had already happened. But you don’t say anything into the microphone to the crowd until the refs tell you, they never told me to tell people to leave. Meanwhile, (then-Pistons coach) Larry Brown started yelling at me to say something; I said I can’t say anything because the mic is broken. He’s going nuts – this is prior to me telling him that. He told me I need to be saying something to the crowd. So when I made the announcement imploring the fans to leave peacefully, nobody had told me what to say, I just said what I felt. Those refs were just in shock.
Q: After the run of six consecutive Eastern Conference Finals appearances, things started to not go so well for the team. Did you find it harder to maintain your trademark excitement with smaller crowds and an ever-revolving door of players?
To me, it was all new, because the run of sellouts took off right around the same time that I started, and then the crowds started to shrink and players/coaches changed. It was tough. I still wanted to do a good job; I tried to say away from “Detroit Basketball” because that changed. But a team executive asked me to say it once at least once a game; he said sometimes that’s the reason why people make a long trip out to the arena, just so they could hear that. So that was a little lesson. But yes, it was tough. I still wanted to be a pro and do well, and give the players energy.
Q: You’re known for your energy on the mic, have you ever had a player request you to do their intro differently or in a specific way?
Dwayne Wade once came up to me and asked how come I don’t use those kinds of intros for us? Almost right away, Rasheed Wallace came over and told him that sorry, but you need to be a Piston for that. A funny story about Chauncey Billups – I had a friend who works for him, and he told me Chauncey wanted to see me. I said to just tell me what he wants, but he insisted I go see Chauncey. I went up to him and I’m just star struck. I didn’t really hear anything he said because I was so star-struck. He said that he wanted me to add in his introduction that he’s from Park Hill, so I said okay. I added the “Deal from Park Hill”. Marcus Morris also didn’t want me to list his college, but just to say that he was from North Philly.
Q: You spent plenty of years at The Palace as PA announcer before moving to Little Caesars Arena; aside from the 2004 championship run, what was your favorite memory of The Palace?
It was nothing to do with a call; Rick Carlisle was coach and it was a pre-season game, and he came down and helped me with the players names. I think it was my first full season with the Pistons or second. And then for the next two or three games, he would find a way to speak to me and talk and ask how I was liking everything.
One day, it was in a full presser before the game; he stopped it, walked away form the cameras, and came over in the tunnel just to see how I was doing, asked if everything was good, am I enjoying the season, and that’s all he wanted! He then went back to the presser. I still talk to him! One time, Mark Cuban one day early before a game came onto the floor and yelled: “Hey Mason!” I had no idea how an NBA owner would know my name. He said something to me, I was in shock! You know, (current Pistons coach Dwane) Casey used to stare me down, he hated when I said Detroit basketball! I’m glad he’s on our side now.
There was another time, it was Michael Jordan’s return to the NBA, and it was during my second year. It was a Sunday afternoon pre-season game, Jordan was back. He was playing at the Palace with the Wizards. But at the same time, there was a football game at the Pontiac Silverdome, and I got caught in traffic. I called a Pistons executive and apologized, saying I wouldn’t be able to make the opening tip-off. She told me she’d call back, and about four minutes later, she told me to drive as fast as I could to The Palace, and to not stop at any lights. I got there about five minutes before the introductions. Somebody made a call with a lot of clout and they were waving me in.
I had a beautiful experience with the Red Wings; people would be envious! I had an apartment next to Joe Louis Arena; and during the championship run of 2008, when the Red Wings would score, I’d mute my television and just listen; I could hear the crowd noise from down below and it would rock the apartment! I’d just walk over there to be in the atmosphere.
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 2019 Ballot
* Indicates First-Time Nominee
North American Committee Nominations
Rick Adelman (COA)*
Mark Aguirre (PLA)
Chauncey Billups (PLA)
Rick Byrd (COA)*
Muggsy Bogues (PLA)
Irv Brown (REF)
Jim Burch (REF)
Marcus Camby (PLA)*
Mark Eaton (PLA)*
Dale Ellis (PLA)*
Hugh Evans (REF)
Steve Fisher (COA)
Bill Fitch (COA)
Cotton Fitzsimmons (COA)
Richard Hamilton (PLA)
Tim Hardaway (PLA)
Ed Hightower (REF)
Bob Huggins (COA)
Kevin Johnson (PLA)
Marques Johnson (PLA)
Bobby Jones (PLA)
Jerry “Tiger” Jones (COA)
George Karl (COA)*
Gene Keady (COA)
Ken Kern (COA)
Rollie Massimino (COA)
Danny Miles (COA)
Sidney Moncrief (PLA)
Dick Motta (COA)
Jake O’Donnell (REF)
Jim Phelan (COA)
Lamont Robinson (PLA)
Lee Rose (COA)
Bo Ryan (COA)
Bob Saulsbury (COA)
Jack Sikma (PLA)
Harry Statham (COA)
Eddie Sutton (COA)
Rudy Tomjanovich (COA)
Ben Wallace (PLA)
Chris Webber (PLA)
Willie West (COA)
Paul Westphal (PLA)
Jay Wright (COA)*
Michigan Wolverines’ National Signing Day recap
Jim Harbaugh and the University of Michigan football coaching staff had a very productive national signing day run. On the first day of the early signing period, the Wolverines were able to fill up almost their entire 2019 Freshman class inking commitments with 25 recruits.
The day was marked by the biggest surprise, maybe in the country, when Daxton Hill decided to send his letter of intent to Michigan. Only 11 days ago, Daxton flipped his commitment to Michigan to Alabama, but today that all changed. Hill is a five-star safety from Oklahoma with a great pedigree. He is the younger brother of Justice Hill, the Oklahoma State running back that just declared for the NFL draft.
Other notable commitments include Zach Charbonnet (RB) and Chris Hinton (DL). Both are in the top 100 nationally and are part of a trio that should be the backbone of this 2019 class. The other major commit was Cornelius Johnson, a top 250 player that, as a wide receiver, is viewed to be the missing piece at a position that Michigan has struggled to fill in its run-heavy offense.
As it stands now, Michigan has the top-ranked recruiting class in the B1G according to multiple sources and are ranked 7th nationally according to 247Sports Composite Rankings.
It’s a moment any Detroit Pistons fan of the 90’s – 00’s will remember vividly. One of the heart-thumping moments that makes playoff basketball fans into fans for life. Unfortunately, the Pistons ended up on the wrong side of that moment; the time that, according to Chauncey Billups, coach Larry Brown choked away Game 5 of the NBA Finals.
June 19, 2005. 9.4 seconds left in overtime, and the Pistons are up 95-93 over the San Antonio Spurs in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. It looks like an inevitable 3-2 game lead for the Pistons. But then, Spurs’ Robert Horry sinks a 3-pointer after being left uncovered. Spurs win 96-95, going into a Game 6 up three games to two. They would ultimately win the series in seven games. Billups calls that loss the darkest day of his career, and he has some insight on who’s to blame for it.
“Here’s what’s crazy about that play,” Billups said. “So we’re in the huddle. Of course, me and everybody else is saying ‘no matter what, no 3s, no 3s, press up, a 2 don’t kill us, no 3s.’ We walk back on the floor. We get set up. I see Lindsey Hunter come to the desk. I’m like ‘perfect, we good. He gon get ‘Sheed. Tay’s gonna go to Horry. Lindsey’s gonna come in and take Manu. Imma stay on Tony. Rip is on Bowen, and then we got Ben right there for Timmy, we good.’
“Buzzer goes off and (Lindsey) says ‘Chauncey I got you.’ And I’m like ‘what the hell?’ I just didn’t understand it. So obviously, there’s no time, it’s time to win the game, worry about it later. For so many reasons, it’s just crazy, I didn’t have any issues defensively. Not only that, what happens if the rebound comes off and your free-throw shooter’s not in the game, I mean there’s just so many different … I really think, for real, I think Larry (Brown) just kinda choked in that moment. … I don’t know, that was crazy.”
Billups believes that if he had stayed in that night, they could have won Game 5. Then, carried that momentum forward and ultimately won the series. It’s not hard to believe; a winning team comes out with more life, so who’s to say they wouldn’t have?
What do you think, Nation? Is Billups right? Did Brown choke away Game 5 in 2005, and ultimately the series?