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1. Detroit Pistons: The big three in the frontcourt is not working. They can't afford big extensions for Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond after giving Josh Smith his contract. Something's got to be done. My favorite trade idea is Wilson Chandler, Andre Miller, and Kenneth Faried from Denver for Rodney Stuckey and Monroe.

A trade idea (not an actual rumor) from Matt Moore of CBS Sports

Rodney Stuckey no longer dizzy

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Rodney Stuckey went through practice and seemed healthy Monday. The reserve guard was limited to 12 minutes after complaining of dizziness in the Pistons' loss Wednesday to Cleveland.

MLive.com. Previously: Stuckey leaves game with dizziness.

John Loyer yells a lot

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"I don’t know what we’re going to do in second halves, because he’s always losing his voice in the first half. We’re going to have to help him coach a little bit in second halves — with his press conferences after games, too."

- Chauncey Billups (via Freep)

Josh Smith taking pointers from Kyle Singler

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"I’m always learning," Smith said Monday after a long practice. "I don’t care how many years I play this game, I’ll still be a student of the game. And it doesn’t matter if I’m a 10-year veteran watching a second-year player, it’s a foreign position."

Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press

Mo Cheeks is "Reverend Obama"

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A running nickname several of the Pistons players have given Maurice Cheeks is "Reverend Obama," comparing him to President Barack Obama, his fellow Chicagoan.

Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News

Drummond on Detroit's Big 3

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"We (Drummond, Monroe, and Smith) all can pretty much do the same thing. Josh obviously shoots the three but can also bring the ball up the floor and create for the other players. Greg’s passing of the ball and can create off the block…the same with me as I can create for people off the block. I can just grab rebounds, block shots, and dunk everything I get my hands on. It is just fun. We have never played with each other before even for Greg and me. We are figuring it out and it is all starting to come together."

via Pistons.com

Mo Cheeks: Domestic violence investigation 'an embarrassment'

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"No. 1, there’s always a little bit of embarrassment when something like that happens, right or wrong, there’s always some embarrassment," Cheeks said Saturday at the Pistons practice facility. "For myself, who has always prided himself on being a high character person, it definitely is an embarrassment. But it happened, right or wrong, and I’m moving on."

Via Vince Ellis in the Detroit Free Press

Gores pledges to be visible, plans weekly team meetings

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"You will see a lot more of me," Gores said at halftime. He also revealed that he is planning weekly meetings with the front office, the coaching staff and the players for the upcoming season.

From Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press. More: "Pistons owner Tom Gores was in town Thursday night to watch his team face the Miami Heat. He sat courtside at the Palace — right in the middle of the floor across from press row — with his wife Holly and their three children."

Jonas Jerebko will play Thursday

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"I knew I was going to hold (out) Jonas," Cheeks said. "He'll play Thursday night and Charlie (Villanueva) probably won't play. You can't play everybody. It would be better to give him more minutes."

Brendan Savage at MLive.com

Zach Lowe beats a dead moose

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Joe Dumars won't call this a playoffs-or-bust season, so I will: It's a playoffs-or-bust season for Detroit, especially given the ripple effects of Okafor's injury and the general unpredictability of the rest of the morass. The challenge: Detroit cannot afford to fall behind after starting 4-20 in 2011-12 and 0-8 last season, and that means Maurice Cheeks has to work out a lot of dicey rotation questions quickly. Detroit will start the fascinating Josh Smith–Greg Monroe–Andre Drummond ultra-big trio, with an often inefficient point guard in Brandon Jennings orchestrating on what will be a very, very cramped floor. The last starting spot is up for grabs, and if Cheeks gives it to Rodney Stuckey, a non-shooter, Detroit's offense could crater. All three of Chauncey Billups, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and Kyle Singler would be better options, and though Gigi Datome lacks the foot speed to play the position, Cheeks has to find minutes for him. Datome is a deadeye shooter on the wing who should also be able to play some small-ball power forward — perhaps rendering Jonas Jerebko expendable. Cheeks has to learn a lot of stuff, and quickly — the right balance between lineup types; the best wing combinations; whether the league will let him implant an electric shock device he can activate whenever Smith rises for a 20-footer; and how well the Monroe-Drummond frontcourt can work defensively. Detroit is another candidate for a "win now" trade, though it's tough to find any appealing bait if it doesn't dangle Monroe — perhaps expendable now, with Smith aboard and Monroe's agent, David Falk, almost certainly demanding a max contract.

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