A bunch of other stuff commanded my attention today, and to be honest, I wasn't exactly thrilled about dissecting last night's loss to the Mavs (although this headline is awesome). One of the few bright spots, though, was the play of Walter Herrmann (aka, Strretch Arrmstrronng), whom Flip Saunders singled out for praise after the game. From Booth Newspapers:
"Walter Herrmann was the only guy we had tonight that gave anything to Nowitzki, as far as made him fight," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said.
Herrmann is hopeful that his play will lead to more opportunities to play meaningful minutes, beginning tonight against a San Antonio Spurs team that features Manu Ginobili, who like Herrmann, is from Argentina.
"Everybody knows Ginobili," Herrmann said. "He's a really, really good player. We need to play hard. I don't know what will happen tomorrow but I hope to play and help the team win."
Speaking of Ginobili, I'm reminded of a HoopsHype article that DBB reader Ohad alerted me to last month about how flopping (on both sides of the ball) has infested the NBA:
For 23 years Stern’s silence has implicitly condoned flopping, flailing, diving, leg-kicks and unnatural arm-lifts by shooters (the two fastest growing forms of cheating), and other fool-the-ref techniques employed to gain unmerited free throws and/or saddle key foes with unmerited foul trouble and unmerited bench time in pursuit of unmerited victory. The problem is perpetuated by coaches who teach or at least condone these tactics and by broadcasting clowns who praise the deceivers and thus teach the next generation of hoopsters that this is how a true pro plays the game.
I won't claim that the Pistons aren't occasionally guilty (or that the original Bad Boys weren't innovators), but it's gone too far, and I'd welcome some kind of penalty being assessed to the worst offenders.
In any case, the Pistons are on the second night of a back to back but most of their starters didn't even crack 30 minutes last night. The ball tips in a few minutes -- leave your thoughts in the comments.