- Indy Cornrows transcribed an absolutely hilarious interview Bill Laimbeer gave to some radio folks in Indiana. Needless to say, I'm guessing Laimbeer and Larry Bird don't exchange Christmas cards (via FanHouse):
Laimbeer: For a competitor like [Bird] and myself or Isiah or Magic Johnson - having a job, you can get a job anywhere. So why are you in the business? You're in the business to compete for the championship and if you're not able to compete for the championship, you can't get the job done, what are you doing there?
- Patrick Hayes of the Flint Journal had a chance to talk with Arron Afflalo, Rodney Stuckey and Michael Curry. Afflalo has this year's talking points down:
With Michael Curry as the new coach, defense is kind of his staple. Do you think that will help you get more minutes and fit into his system (easier)?
"It will definitely help me, but it is something that will help the entire team. Its no mystery about championship teams that your base has to be defensive, a defensive mindset. The Pistons won in 2004 with that mindset and I think we can win again with that same mindset. We have the players to score points, its just about are you willing to stop your opponent, and just go from there."
Rodney Stuckey has lofty goals (via TrueHoop):
Stuckey was part of practice squad that helped the U.S. National Team prepare for a successful run through the Summer Olympics.
Come 2012, Stuckey wants to be one of the players wearing the Olympic uniform.
"That's the goal," he said. "That's what I'm working for."
- This was mentioned in Chris McCosky's article that I linked to this morning but I forgot to mention it: "Curry expects to play 10 or 11 players on a regular basis." I love it. Absolutely love it. When you have the talent, there's nothing wrong with a deep rotation, especially when most of the guys coming off the bench are also high-energy types who wear the other team down.
Update: Chris McCosky has a funny anecdote from the Pistons' cross-state caravan:
Both are confident young players and both have a passion to compete and win. But Afflalo's competitiveness is completely off the charts -- and I mean that in a good way. In Travese City, they had a free throw shooting contest with a kid from the Make-a-Wish Foundation. The kid beat both players, which was sort of pre-arranged, I think. Stuckey completely played his Washington Generals role. He had one last shot to win the contest, but he moved several feet back and rimmed it out. Afflalo couldn't get himself to throw the match. He was actually upset -- good-naturedly so -- that he missed his last shot because one of the organizers of the thing had jumped at him and disrupted his final shot.