Morning Shootaround: Better Know a Blogger, Thoughts on Big Ben, and Taking a Statistical Look at Detroit's 2009-2010 Roster

Here are some links about your Detroit Pistons that might keep you busy while you're at work wondering where the weekend went. 

  If you want to get to know more of my opinion regarding the Pistons, Patrick Hayes of MLIVE's It's Just Sports interviewed me for his "Better Know a Blogger" series about the start of this blog and the team.  If you're interested in hearing what I think about the off-season moves, my expectations for the upcoming season, and which Pistons player is most entertaining on Twitter, amongst other topics, then click over to read.

  Last week Charlie Villanueva held a contest for fans to submit photoshopped pictures via twitter of what he would look like with hair.  CV31 has alopecia which caused him to lose most, if not all, of the hair on his body.  On Friday morning,  he announced the five finalists and winner of the contest on ESPN's First Take

 The Pistons just signed Ben Wallace, reportedly to add extra leadership qualities to the team.  It might wind up working out, but Rodney Stuckey wants to be Detroit's leader.  Matt Watson at Fan House has the story for you.  

 Actions speak louder than words and if Rodney Stuckey is going to bark that he wants to be the team leader, he's going to need to bite.  The Free Press reports that his actions have matched his words -- throughout the off-season, Stuckey has spoken on behalf of the team and he plans on proving his desire to be a leader on the court come fall. 

 John Kuester has openly stated that he wants Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince to be the leaders on the team.  This makes the most sense because they have actually been through the ups and the little downs Detroit has experienced over roughly the past decade.  Kuester also maintained that Rip will resume his role as a starter, but he and Ben Gordon will both see their fair share of starter minutes.  

 Ben Gordon spoke with a radio station in Chicago and helped shed some light on what Coach John Kuester has in store for Detroit's new offense.  It sounds like Kuester is going to stress an up tempo style, but will not forget the fundamentals on the defensive end, either.  (Via Detroit Bad Boys)

 As you know, Ben Wallace agreed to a one-year deal to return to the Pistons.  Detroit4lyfe doesn't really understand why Detroit settled for the 35-year old who bailed on Detroit in 2006. Another Pistons blogger would agree -- Life on Dumars calls the signing felonious and wonders what other aging former-Pistons Detroit should bring back.  

 Pistons Nation has a great perspective on the Ben Wallace signing.  He warns fans to curb their enthusiasm as he breaks down the pros and cons of Detroit re-signing Ben Wallace.  Either way, whether the signing is good or bad, hearing the Big Ben gong again will definitely induce goosebumps.

 Need4Sheed  put a creative spin on the Ben Wallace re-signing.  Wallace will reportedly receive $1.3 million, or the veterans minimum, which Natalie says is so cheap that it has landed Ben Wallace on the Taco Bell value menu.  

 The big question fans are wondering, almost more so than whether or not he'll be productive at all, is what number Ben Wallace will don.  As you probably already know, Rodney Stuckey is No. 3 now, so there might be a little drama if Wallace expects to have back the number he wore for six seasons in Detroit.  An astute reader at Detroit Bad Boys pointed out a very interesting potential solution to the number issue.  As Pistons Nation said, times are tough, you have to cut corners whenever you can. 

 Lastly, but certainly not least, Dave Dial of MLIVE's Full Court Press takes a statistical look at the 2009-2010 Detroit Pistons.  Judging from the in depth look at the stats, Detroit's offense should put up a lot of points, but the rebounding numbers and defensive outlook is nothing to call Grandma about.  Either way, as Mr. Dial states, it's going to be really exciting to see how this team comes together.  I can't wait for the season to start.   Can you?

 If you ever have any tips, questions, or general inquiries, please e-meail me at MotownStringMusic@gmail.com  

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