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NBA Rooks: Diaries … Khris Middleton




By Khris Middleton, Detoit Pistons

All Settled In Motor City

Oct. 29, 2012 — There has been a crazy vibe around Detroit. With the Tigers having been in the World Series, the Lions in the middle of the NFL season and our Pistons team getting ready to start the regular season, everybody is talking about sports!

Detroit is a fun place to be. I’m living in a nice, quiet spot, about 10 minutes away from the arena (with traffic). I’ve gotten to know the Auburn Hills area where I live, but once I’m about 10 miles from home, I start using my navigation system.

Moving to Detroit has been a smooth transition, especially once I found my place. My family came out here for about a week to help me move. Then they came back about two weeks later to help me finish setting up my place and get wherever else I needed, like furniture and kitchen things. I told them to get whatever they wanted, but make it nice for me!

Preseason Recap

I feel like I played okay during the preseason. I got better each time I stepped on the court, which is what I wanted to do. And I think I proved that I do belong in this league. I just want to get better every day.

I know I can contribute to my team. My scoring ability and having a feel for the game at my size and position … that separates me. I’m working hard on a little bit of everything; and I’m focusing on strength and consistency, two keys to helping me get better.

Coach Frank is a great teacher of the game. He breaks down a lot of details, which, as a rookie, is great for me. He’s very friendly, but at the same time, he’s honest with everybody. If you make a mistake during a game or practice, he’ll call you out.

Vets & Rooks

We are a young team with only a couple guys over 30, and our veterans have been great. Guys like Corey Maggette and Tayshaun Prince – they are always in my ear, giving me tips, telling me what I did wrong. They are always there helping me out. We are very team-oriented, and the veterans are always inviting the rookies to eat with them on the road. It’s a nice family atmosphere around here.

I am one of five rookies. It’s been very competitive, but helpful at the same time. We all push each other and are fighting for position and minutes. We are all going through the same things, so we talk a lot about it.

One thing we talk about is how much respect we have for what our older teammates do every year. After seeing how hard they work, how they are always in the gym and performing at the highest level, you have to have respect for that.

The athleticism in this league is on a whole different level than it was in college. These really are the best players in the world. Guys know what they do best, and they play their game.

Pranksters

The veterans are really trying to pull pranks on us rookies. One day I parked in my teammate Jason Maxiell’s spot. The vets were looking for my keys, but luckily I had them with me. Jason decided to park his truck in front of mine and Andre Drummond’s car (which was next to mine), so we couldn’t leave until he was ready! I just took my time since I knew it was coming.

We haven’t pulled any pranks on the veterans yet, but we’ll think of something!

Cousin Assist

My cousin Josh Powell, who has played a bunch of years in the NBA, has been helping me out, too. He’s been telling me to stay patient, keep believing and never stop working. He’s also told me many times not to be afraid to say ‘no’ to people, and that I have to be smart about what I do off the court because it can affect me on the court. I’m trying to live what he has preached.

It’s Game Time!

Our first home game is Wednesday. I’m excited. I’ve been dreaming about this my entire life, and now it’s here! It’s going to be a great experience, and the home crowd makes it that much more fun! I will probably be nervous, but when I get in the game for the first time, and run up and down the court a few times, I’ll be fine. I’m excited and ready for it!

I hope I’ll have a chance to blog again soon, but in the meantime, follow me on Twitter @Khris22m.

Khris Middelton is a 6-foot-7 forward from Texas A&M. He was selected by the Pistons with the ninth pick of the second round in the 2012 NBA Draft.

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Bragging Rights Championship: Texas vs. Duke

by Micah Hart

In the final of All Ball’s inaugural Bragging Rights challenge, it’s no surprise to see the dominant college basketball program over the last two decades make it thus far. It is a little surprising to see their competition, traditionally known as a football school — but one that has churned out a sizable number of NBA players over the last decade. Who will win? That’s for you to decide. And if you need a refresher on the Bragging Rights rules, read up on them here. For a view of the entire bracket and how both teams got to the finals, check here. Onto the finale: 

VS

Texas Longhorns

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes, through 4/3):

LaMarcus Aldridge, Trail Blazers: 26.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.4 blocks, 1.2 steals
D.J. Augustin, Bobcats: 20.5 points, 4.0 rebounds, 8.5 assists, 0.1 blocks, 0.8 steals
Kevin Durant, Thunder: 33.9 points, 8.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 1.2 blocks, 1.4 steals
T.J. Ford, Pacers: 14.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 8.8 assists, 0.5 blocks, 2.0 steals
Maurice Evans, Wizards: 14.1 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.4 blocks, 1.0 steals

Missed the cut: Damion James, Nets; Daniel Gibson, Cavaliers; Royal Ivey, Thunder; Dexter Pittman, Heat; Avery Bradley, Celtics

How they got here: Talk about March Madness. After easily dispatching Washington, the Horns beat UCLA literally at the buzzer, winning their matchup against the Bruins by a single vote in the Elite Eight. In the Final Four, the Horns edged out UConn in their closest match of the tournament, winning by a 52%-48% margin.

Team synopsis: As expected, the Durant-Aldridge combo has proven too much for any opponent thus far. Augustin is having a breakout season in Charlotte, and makes for a solid third option. Ford is somewhat redundant with Augustin on the floor, but his track record is a little better than rookie Damion James. Mo Evans is no star, but he is a capable defender and rebounder who can hit the corner three when needed.

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Bragging Rights Bracket: No. 1 Duke vs. No. 4 LSU



by Micah Hart

For the complete Bragging Rights rules and to vote for other matchups, click here. We now move to the fourth and final region, the South, with No. 1 seed Duke taking on play-in winner and 4-seed LSU, which won the battle of the bigs against Stanford to reach the Sweet 16.

VS

Duke Blue Devils

Starters (all stats per 48 minutes):

Carlos Boozer, Bulls: 27.1 points, 14.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.5 blocks, 1.0 steals
Corey Maggette, Bucks: 27.7 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 0.2 blocks, 0.7 steals
Elton Brand, Sixers: 20.8 points, 11.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 1.6 blocks, 1.6 steals
Grant Hill, Suns: 20.8 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.3 steals
Luol Deng, Bulls: 21.8 points, 7.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists, 0.7 blocks, 1.2 steals

Missed the cut: Shane Battier, Grizzlies; Chris Duhon, Magic; Mike Dunleavy, Pacers; Gerald Henderson, Bobcats; Dahntay Jones, Pacers; Josh McRoberts, Pacers; JJ Redick, Magic; Shelden Williams, Knicks

Team synopsis: People have a tendency to think that Duke players don’t do so well in the pros, but man, look at this lineup. Big and burly, and good luck keeping Brand, Boozer, and Maggette off the offensive glass. The only thing that could pose a problem for the Dookies is a lack of a top-notch outside shooter or true distributor, but Hill and Deng are good enough. Each guy on this team can put the ball in the basket.

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