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On Monday, the Detroit Pistons announced that they would be parting ways with Head Coach and President of Basketball Operations Stan Van Gundy. There had been rumors for a couple weeks the owner Tom Gores was looking to change things up after the Pistons missed the playoffs for the 3rd time in the 4 seasons under Van Gundy. Originally it was reported that they were trying to work something out where SVG would stay on as head coach and release some of the responsibilities that go along with being Head of Basketball Operations. It seems nothing was able to be worked out and the team is moving on without him.
You may remember that when the Blake Griffin trade was made, I said that both SVG and Doc Rivers were trying to save their jobs. It would seem only one of them was successful. So now that Pistons need to find a new executive to lead in order to start to a head coach search. The pundits seem to be throwing out the names of Jerry Stackhouse and Isiah Thomas the most, and while I think Stack is a good choice, I remember Zeke with the Knicks and the awfulness that as that situation. Don’t get me wrong, Thomas is one of my favorite players of all time, but I am not impressed with his executive skills.
The one name I would throw out that I haven’t heard yet: Chauncey Billups. If we remember correctly, the Cavs were looking at Mr. Big Shot pretty heavily during their recent search. He has one of the highest “basketball IQs” out there, he’s a great personality and presence in the league, and he is beloved in Detroit. Maybe he’s not ready for the Head of Basketball Operations job just yet, but he needs to be in that front office.
No-No’s All Over The World
Tuesday night, James Paxton of the Seattle Mariners no hit the Toronto Blue Jays in the Rogers Centre. There are a few crazy stats that go along with this. First, Paxton’s nickname is “The Big Maple,” in part because of the large maple leaf tattoo he has in honor of his Canadian roots. He threw his no hitter in Canada. Awesome. The second crazy stat is the it took Paxton 99 pitches to complete the no-no. That last pitch? a 99-mph heater. Lastly, this is the third no hitter this season. All three have not only come in different parks, but all three have come in different countries. The first was in California when Oakland blanked the red hot Red Sox. Then, 4 pitches combined to no hit the Padres in a game that was played in Mexico. And then Tuesday night in the Great White North.
The New York Mets have traded Matt Harvey to the Cincinnati Reds for catcher Devin Mesoraco and some cash. Harvey has become something of a polarizing figure in baseball since injury troubles and off field drama began becoming the norm for him. The one time Ace was definitely getting moved this year, and I’ll let one of our other writers comment on what this means for the Mets, but I always find it interesting when a player gets traded from one team to another WHILE those two teams are playing each other. How does that work? Do they just walk to the other locker room the next day?
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