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Monday, August 16, 2010

Detroit Pistons Tracy McGrady video

Tracy McGrady talked to the Detroit media for the first time since signing with the Pistons. Here is part of that interview.

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Will Bynum believes McGrady has plenty left in the tank

The biggest question surrounding the Pistons' Tracy McGrady is how much does he have left in the tank? One of McGrady's new teammates, Will Bynum, thinks McGrady has plenty left in the tank.

"He got a lot left," said Bynum, who works out with McGrady during the summer with trainer Tim Grover. "He got a lot left. Last year I saw him working extremely hard. I know it was kind of frustrating at times because he was still going through a little pain. But now I think it's been a longer period, where he's healed and Arnie (Kander) he works magic. I'm sure (Kander) is going to work some magic with (McGrady) as well. He's still got a lot, a lot of game left. I'm sure he's going to help us out a lot."

Friday, August 13, 2010

Pistons sign second-round pick Terrico White

Pistons second-round pick Terrico White has agreed to a two-year deal, with only the first year guaranteed. The No. 36 overall pick will make the league minimum of $475,000.

White averaged 15.1 points and 4.6 rebounds as a sophomore last year for Ole Miss. White was the SEC freshman of the year during the 2008-09 season. The combo guard averaged 9.6 points, and 2.0 rebounds in five NBA Summer League games.

The signing for White puts the Pistsons roster at the maximum 15 players.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Pistons announce 2010-11 schedule

The Detroit Pistons announced their schedule on Tuesday. The Pistons will open the season on the road at New Jersey on October 27. Detroit will host the Oklahoma City Thunder in the home opener on October 29.

Highlights of the schedule include two home games (Feb. 11 and March 23) against LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the Miami Heat. The defending champion L.A. Lakers come to The Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 17 and the Eastern Conference champion Celtics come to town on Nov. 2 and Dec. 29.

Detroit will host Milwaukee on Nov. 26 as part of Thanksgiving weekend and host the Dallas Mavericks on Martin Luther King Day (January 17) in a special matinee game (3:30 p.m.).

“We’re excited about the 2010-11 schedule and pleased that our fans can enjoy 25 weekend or holiday home games,” Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars said in a press release. “Our players and staff are looking forward to training camp in October, getting the season started.”

The Pistons have moved the game time of all Friday night games from 8 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. with the exception of opening night due to feedback from fans.

Detroit plays two nationally televised games. ESPN will broadcast the Pistons game at Indiana on March 30 and NBA TV will air Detroit’s game at Charlotte on Dec. 27.

For the complete Pistons schedule click here.

McGrady agrees to deal with the Detroit Pistons

Tracy McGrady will look to resurrect his career with the Detroit Pistons.

The seven-time All-Star has reached an agreement on a one-year deal with the Pistons for the veteran’s minimum ($1.35 million) according to sources close to the situation. The source requested not to be named because the deal hasn’t been signed.

Last season, McGrady averaged 8.2 points, 3.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 30 games for the Knicks and Rockets.

McGrady, 31, is a former two-time NBA scoring champ, but has battled knee and back problems. McGrady can play both shooting guard and small forward, but joins a Pistons squad deep at both positions with Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Gordon, Jonas Jerebko, Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers and Rodney Stuckey already on the roster.

Coming off microfracture surgery on his left knee during the 2008-09 season, McGrady played just six games for the Rockets last season before they shut him down and attempted to trade him. McGrady was traded to New York in a three-team deal at the trade deadline.

In his debut for the Knicks, McGrady had 26 points, five assists and four rebounds. But it would be just one of three times McGrady scored more than 20 points for the Knicks.

McGrady played in 24 of the Knicks’ final 29 games, starting all 24 and averaging 9.4 points, 3.9 assists and 3.7 rebounds in 26.1 minutes per game.

The Knicks were not interested in bringing McGrady back, leaving McGrady looking for a new team. McGrady had a well-publicized tryout with the Chicago Bulls, but the Bulls elected not to sign McGrady.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Pistons announce preseason schedule

The Detroit Pistons announced their preseason schedule on Thursday. The Pistons have eight preseason games and open the preseason at Miami on October 5. Detroit plays its first preseason home game against Milwaukee on October 8.

The Pistons other home games are against Atlanta on October 11 and against Memphis on October 22. Detroit also has two off-site home games, the first against Dallas at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on October 13 and against Washington at the Huntington Center in Toledo, Ohio.

“We are excited to host NBA basketball at the Huntington Center,” General Manager of the Huntington Center Steve Miller said in a Pistons press release. “It’s been a long time since the NBA has been in Toledo, but we hope all basketball fans will come and welcome the Detroit Pistons back in Toledo on October 19. We are proud to partner with the Detroit Pistons and hope to grow our relationship in the future.”

“There is always a sense of excitement to start a new season and we look forward to this year’s slate of preseason contests,” Executive Vice President with Palace Sports and Entertainment and the Pistons Dan Hauser said. “Playing in the Toledo market for the first time since 1989 and once again visiting Grand Rapids for the Meijer Basketball Classic gives fans in and around our area the opportunity to experience Detroit Basketball first hand.”

The Pistons will also play Minnesota at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York and the Charlotte Bobcats at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C.

Pistons full preseason schedule
October 5 — at Miami - American Airlines Arena, 7:30 p.m.
October 8 — Milwaukee - The Palace of Auburn Hills, 7:30 p.m.
October 11 — Atlanta - The Palace of Auburn Hills, 7:30 p.m.
October 13 — Dallas - Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, 7 p.m.
October 15 — at Minnesota - Carrier Dome, Syracuse, N.Y., 7:30 p.m.
October 16 — at Charlotte - Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C., 6:30 p.m.
October 19 — Washington - Huntington Center, Toledo, Ohio, 7 p.m.
October 22 — Memphis - The Palace of Auburn Hills, 7:30 p.m.