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‘Dancing Usher’ is already in mid-season form

By Nick Margiasso IV

He’s baaaaaaaaack.

By now the jiving and thriving of the Detroit Pistons’ dancing usher, Shannon Sailes, aka ‘The Dancing Usher’, are well known. Be it the jerking and working he did high atop the stairwell to first gain notoriety or the beautiful breakdown he provided on late night TV, the moves of the the most famous ticket-taker at The Palace at Auburn Hills are well worth a view. That is, if you haven’t seen it a million times already.

But, if ya don’t know, now ya know. And check the sunglasses indoors flow, bro…


VIDEO: Detroit’s dancing usher is a dandy

NBA Rooks: Diaries … Khris Middleton




By Khris Middleton, Detroit Pistons

That’s A Wrap
The season is over for the Detroit Pistons, and I’m happy to say that I have completed my first NBA season. I’m definitely looking forward to many more. Since our team is not in the playoffs, I am going to take this down time to look ahead to next year and how our team can get better and become a winning team.

I’m glad that I was able to finish the season on a strong note, and hopefully that will run into next year as well. In the beginning, I wasn’t playing, but I told myself to stay focused and keep working hard. My confidence has always been high, but when I got the chance to play and I was proud of the level it was at I became even more confident in myself. It is important to not let anything or anybody break your confidence, and I try and live by that motto.
Looking back on my rookie season, there was a lot of learning to be had on my end. You absorb the most in your rookie year, and I tried to take it all in. Now, I plan to take everything I learned from this year and enhance those lessons this summer to come back even stronger for my second year.

Offseason Game Plan
I’ll probably watch some of the NBA playoff games, but I won’t be glued to the TV like I have in past years. I just want to take some time to relax and get my mind off of basketball for a little bit.

This weekend, I’m going to visit my old roommate from Texas A&M who now plays basketball at University of Colorado in Boulder. We don’t have any set plans yet, I am just looking forward to hanging out and having a fun time with friends. From there, I’m going back to my old school, Texas A&M, to see more friends, coaches and teammates. A lot of the guys I played with still go there, and they are great friends who are more like family.

After I take a couple of weeks off, I’m going to get back into working out and training. I’ll be spending most of the summer in Detroit working with our strength coach, trying to get stronger.

I will also be going home to Charleston, South Carolina as much as I can to visit my family and friends. Some of my friends are in other places during the year, but they all come home for the summer, so hopefully we’ll all be able to meet up. I really miss my Mom’s home cooked meals. She actually came to visit me in Detroit last week and she cooked me all kinds of things, including cinnamon rolls made from scratch! Thankfully she made a lot of food, so I had plenty of leftovers! She is a great cook, and makes all different kinds of fish, chicken and pastas. My home cooked meals are definitely the main thing I miss from home other than my family itself of course.

In June, I’m going to have a three-day basketball camp for the local kids in Charleston. I always went to basketball camps as a kid, and I know how much they helped me, so now I want to help the kids from my hometown. I’ll always remember going to camps, making friends there and learning the fundamentals of the game, which I use to this day.

Suit and Tiephoto
I recently had the cool experience of getting my first custom suit. I got fitted at Alton Lane when we were in town playing the Knicks, and then I received my suits when we were back in the area to play Brooklyn. I got two new suits; they fit real nicely and make me look sharp! It was my first experience with being able to hand pick everything from the fabric of the suit, the lining inside the jacket and the small customizations like having my initials on the shirt cuff and inside the my jacket. I ended up getting a charcoal suit with a blue shirt that has pink trim. I also went with a straight formal black suit. I didn’t have a plain black suit before, and I felt like I needed one for formal occasions. I’m not normally a fashion guy, but I like my new suits and they fit great!

That’s about all from me. I want to thank the fans for all of their support throughout the season! I really appreciated it and am already excited for next year. Have a great summer, and don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @Khris22m and instagram at k_mid32

Khris Middleton 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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Drummond Nails Air With Free Throw Attempts

by Zettler Clay IV

The NBA received more good news recently with the return of Andre Drummond, whose aerial skills as a big man rivals dunkaholic DeAndre Jordan. Unfortunately for the Pistons, so does his skills at the charity stripe:
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The first one missed by about 30 feet. Second by 27 feet. There stands a great chance Drummond shot the worst free throws of his career. Or a nagging feeling that this is just the start.

But as long as Drummond is doing damage like this on the boards, Detroit can live with a few air-drawing free throws:

Three For All: A Retrospective

by Micah Hart

The 2011-12 NBA regular season will come to an end tonight, and one thing we can say for sure is the compressed 66-game slate certainly gave teams their share of challenges. Chief among those (in our eyes at least) were the back-to-back-to-back series that every team faced at least once throughout the year, a chore that never occurs during a normal 82-game calendar but was made necessary once again due to a lockout (the last time teams played three games in three nights was 1998, the last time the NBA played a shortened season due to a labor stoppage).

With 42 three-for-all sets built into the calendar, we made it our business here at All Ball to document each one, curious to see what information we might glean from them. Would it be an accurate predictor of postseason achievement? Would we see NCAA-tournament style cinderella runs from some of the lesser squads? Could anyone win what we assumed would be an incredibly grueling third game?

Let’s run through some of the numbers and see what’s what.

7 – Number of times teams went undefeated in their three for all challenge, led by the Spurs, who managed to do it twice within the span of less than a month. The Spurs’ second run saw them match the Heat with 15 points, the maximum possible score allowable for three road wins by double-digit margins. We’ll break down who’s was more impressive on Thursday night. In addition to those two, the other perfectionists were the Bulls, who maxed out their trip with 13 points (all wins were by double-digits, but they played only one road game), the Thunder, the Hawks, who amazingly found the strength to win the third game in four overtimes over the Jazz, and the Suns (more on them in a second). Of the six teams to taste perfection, only Phoenix will be sitting out the postseason.

6 — Number of times teams went winless. Would it shock you to learn that the Wizards were the only team to go defeated twice? Would it shock you further to learn the Bobcats, the worst team in NBA history, aren’t on this list? In addition to the Ashington Izards (No Ws – I R HILARIOUS), the Pistons, Clippers, Mavericks, and Suns found the going toughest. The Suns, incidentally, were the only squad to put up undefeated and winless marks, which really encapsulates their season in a nutshell, from being 12-19 to just missing out on a playoff spot after their loss in Utah on Tuesday.

4.5 — The average score for the 42 attempts was 4.5 points. The most common score was 2 points, accomplished 10 times, while no one scored 14 or 9.

22-20 – Record for teams in the third game of the three for all. I gotta tip my cap to these guys, I would have pegged this mark to be much worse before the season started.

And now for some superlatives, after the jump.

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Three For All Finale: Pistons and Warriors

by Micah Hart



As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart.

We come to the final stretch of three for alls on the season, as the Pistons and Warriors finished out the 41st and 42nd instances over the last few days. What a long, strange trip it’s been. Let’s see how our final contestants fared:

Detroit Pistons (April 17-19): I daresay no one had a more convincing Game 1 victory in their three-play than the Pistons, who beat the Cavaliers 116-77 (!) in a game in which the lead ballooned to as much as 50. 5-0. The Pistons should have just pulled a Costanza right there and called it a season, really. Especially because the next two games saw them trail by more than 20 in losses at the Hawks and at home against the Timberwolves. Gotta know when to quit, Detroit. 1 point (2-1-0) for their second three for all, with the Cavs win keeping them from racking up two oh-fers.

Golden State Warriors (April 20-22): Flip the script for Golden State. The short-handed Warriors fell on the road in Dallas and Houston (giving the Rockets their only win in the last eight games) before rebounding to beat the even-more-shorthanded Timberwolves in Game 3 Sunday night in Minnesota. 3 points (-2+(-1)+6) for Oakland’s finest, who somehow managed to save their lone three-play for the final week of the season.

Up next: That’s all folks! 42 up, 42 down. We’ll have a look back at the best and worst three for all performances later on this week as the regular season draws to a close, and draw some conclusions then.

Three for all Top Ten:
San Antonio Spurs II (15 points)
Miami Heat (15 points)
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
San Antonio Spurs I (12 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks II (11 points)
Boston Celtics (10 points)
Phoenix Suns II (10 points)
Indiana Pacers II (8 points)
New Jersey Nets II (8 points)

Full Three for all standings

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Three For All: Phoenix Suns II

by Micah Hart



As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Phoenix Suns, who played three straight from Mar. 14-16.

The Phoenix Suns’ season can pretty easily be summed up by their two entries in the three for all challenge. In their first foray back in February, Phoenix went winless, part of a four-game skid that saw the team fall a season-worst seven games under .500 after a loss to the Lakers on Feb. 17.

That game must have shook something loose in the desert, because ever since the Suns have been scorching, winning 10 of 13 games and moving all the way back to .500 on the season at the culmination of their second threeplay:

Game 1: Suns 120, Jazz 111 – Part of the reason for the Suns’ success has been the production the team has been getting from up and down the roster. To wit: Channing Frye dropped a season-high 26 points (with nine rebounds), Marcin Gortat had 25, and Jared Dudley had 21 in the win over the Jazz. 1 point

Game 2: Suns 91, Clippers 87 - Home win over the Jazz? Not bad, but nothing special. Road win over the Clippers? Now that’s a nice win, despite how weird it makes me feel to write that sentence. Oh, and did I mention they did it without Grant Hill and Steve Nash, who picked up DNP-OMs (Did Not Play – Old Men)? Seriously. Sebastian Telfair started this game. Crazy season indeed. 4 points (3 for win, 1 for road)

Game 3: Suns 109, Pistons 101 - I give Bassy credit for holding down the fort while Nash took the night off against LAC, and the rest paid off for Steve as he dished out 17 dimes, tied for a season high, against Detroit. Back to what I was saying earlier about contributions from everywhere? Robin Lopez had 14 points off the bench in this one, and Michael Redd had 11. If I so much as get a hangnail from now on, I’m going to Phoenix to have the Suns’ medical staff take a look at it. 5 points

It’s not so long ago that everyone was proclaiming this a lost season in Phoenix, and up until Thursday’s trade deadline many were holding out hope that the #FreeSteveNash movement would mercifully spring Canada’s finest from his Arizona prison.

Instead, the Suns join the Heat, Bulls, and Thunder (owners of the league’s three best records) as the only teams to go undefeated in the three play, and in doing so moved into 9th place in the Western Conference playoff chase, just two games behind the Nuggets, who just traded for JaVale McGee, so good luck with that. 10 points for the Suns, and total redemption for their first effort a month ago. This could be a playoff team after all.

Up next: The Clippers take their second crack at the triumvirate, playing three straight Mar. 20-22.

Three for all Top Ten:
Miami Heat (15 points)
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Phoenix Suns II (10 points)
New Jersey Nets II (8 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Portland Trail Blazers (6 points)
L.A. Clippers (6 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)

Full Three for all standings

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Three For All: Detroit Pistons

by Micah Hart



As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Detroit Pistons, who played three straight from Jan. 30 – Feb. 1.

To quote Al Pacino in The Devil’s Advocate: “It was a good run. Had to end some day.”

In 15 three-play challenges so far, every single team has managed to win at least one game. In some ways that is impressive, given how tiring playing three games in three nights must be. In other ways not so much, given how terrible several NBA franchises are playing this season. The odds are in your favor that you’ll face one of these crumbums (he said like a 1950s detective), even if you are an awful team yourself.

The Pistons put an end to that on Wednesday, losing their third game in three nights and sixth straight overall, making them the first team to go defeated over the course of a back-to-back-to-back. To be fair, they were also the first team to face the challenge entirely on the road, so feel free to give them some sympathy points for that if you like, just know my arbitrary scoring system pays them no heed.

Game 1: Bucks 103, Pistons 82 - The Pistons got down early, and despite cutting the Milwaukee lead to six at the half, could not overcome Milwaukee’s hot 3-point shooting (10-17 from downtown) in a 21-point loss. Not a good start. -2 points

Game 2: Knicks 113, Pistons 86 - The Knicks have had their share of problems this season, but for one night took out their frustrations on the poor Pistons. Carmelo Anthony and company shot 60% from the field in the game, and most NBA teams are pretty tough to beat when that happens. -1 points

Game 3: Nets 99, Pistons 96 - This one hurts a little. Or a lot. Yes it’s the third game in a row, and yes it’s on the road, but the Nets were down to just eight healthy bodies last night, one of whom was recently-signed Keith Bogans, and one of whom was a perfectly healthy Shelden Williams (I kid Shel, who did have a game-high 11 rebounds). This Pistons team is in a lot of trouble. 0 points

The Pistons finish with -3 total points, which not only is unbeatable the rest of the season (in a manner of speaking), but also makes them the first team to finish in negative numbers. Sorry Detroit — first Hung gets cancelled, and now this. Detroit will have one more three for all this season, in late April. Here’s hoping they can atone.

Up next: The New York Knicks play three straight Feb. 2-4, with games at home against Chicago, at Boston, and back at home against New Jersey.

Three for all Scoreboard:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Portland Trail Blazers (6 points)
L.A. Clippers (6 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
Orlando Magic (5 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Charlotte Bobcats (3 points)
New Jersey Nets (2 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)
Toronto Raptors (1 point)
Detroit Pistons (-3 points)

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The team may not be much better, but the locker room is pretty sweet

by Micah Hart

There is a theory of criminology, discussed at length in the popular book Freakonomics, called the “broken windows theory,” which basically suggests that one way to prevent crime is by making a concerted effort to clean up the aesthetics of a neighborhood’s surroundings. Replace broken windows (hence the theory’s name), scrub graffiti, etc, and the chain of events that snowball from there will help to make people less likely to commit acts of violence and criminal behavior.

Why do I bring this up? Because it seems to me new Pistons’ owner Tom Gores is taking the same approach to his new franchise, gutting the team’s locker and training rooms and players lounge in the offseason in hopes that the improved atmosphere and comfort will transform the team’s fortunes on the court. Pistons.com gives a tour of the new state-of-the-art facility:

Looks pretty sweet, and you can tell that the Pistons’ players on hand are appreciative.

On a (possibly) related note, in the book Freakonomics, authors Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner largely debunk the theory, at least in relation to its affect on the crime rate in New York City. So far the Pistons are 3-10, but we probably need to give them a little more time before drawing any firm conclusions.

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Three for all: Charlotte Bobcats

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Charlotte Bobcats, who played three straight from Jan 12-14.

Let’s be honest – the Bobcats are among the worst teams in the NBA. We’d probably expect them to lose three straight games at any point on the schedule, whether those games were six days apart or back-to-back-to-back. Still, they went through all the trouble of showing up at the arenas at the scheduled times, so we may as well take a look at how they did.

Game 1: Hawks 111, Bobcats 81 - One might think the Bobcats would have a chance in the Hawks’ first game after losing Al Horford for the season, but one would be incorrect. Oh one — always making mistaken assumptions. -2 points

Game 2: Pistons 98, Bobcats 81 - Hey at least the Hawks game was on the road. How to explain letting the Pistons — 2-9 coming into the game — win by 17 on Charlotte’s home court? I have an explanation, but the Bobcats aren’t going to like it. -1 point

Game 3: Bobcats 112, Warriors 100 - Just when you think we’re headed for the first shutout, the Bobcats summon their strength and top the Warriors by a dozen to salvage a win. Rookie Kemba Walker justified his first professional start with a career-high 23 points, so expect to see him in the first five more often going forward. 6 points (5 for win, 1 for 10+ margin)

The Bobcats are lucky (lucky I say!) my arbitrary scoring system doesn’t penalize for double-digit losses, or any losses to the Pistons for that matter. Teams are now 8-3 in the third games of the three-for-all, and the Bobcats are in the clubhouse with 3 total points.

Up next: The L.A. Clippers and Orlando Magic both play three straight Jan 16-18.

Three for all Scoreboard:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Philadelphia 76ers (6 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Charlotte Bobcats (3 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)
Toronto Raptors (1 point)

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Three for all: Chicago Bulls

by Micah Hart

As everyone knows by now, the compressed NBA schedule will force every team to play three games in three nights at least one this season (42 times in total). With only 66 games to stake a claim to a playoff spot or seed, how teams perform during these killer slates could have a large impact on how their seasons turn out.

With that in mind, we’re going to keep track of each of the 42 three-plays to see which teams take advantage and which teams fall apart. Up next, the Chicago Bulls, who played three straight from Jan 9-11.

Well, that was impressive. Oklahoma City set the bar high with their clean sweep of three in a row earlier this week, but the Bulls came along and took it a notch higher, earning the maximum possible points that the schedule would allow.

Game 1: Bulls 92, Pistons 68 - About what you’d expect when one of the best defenses in the league meets up with statistically the worst offense. Every team has an off night now and again, but the Pistons barely put anyone in double-figures, yeesh. 2 points (1 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

Game 2: Bulls 111, Timberwolves 100 - Chicago got out to a big early lead, then held on for dear life in Minnesota for the win. That’s the good news. The bad news is that Derrick Rose, better known as the Bulls’ entire offense, sustained a turf-toe injury (on hardwood???) that could prove meddlesome. Not tonight, but maybe later. 5 points (3 for win, 1 for road, 1 for +10 margin)

Game 3: Bulls 78, Wizards 64 - With Rose out because of the aforementioned toe injury (and backup C.J. Watson still hurting as well), the onus fell on journeyman John Lucas to come to the Bulls’ rescue. Fortunately they were playing the Wizards, and I’m pretty sure Bennie the Bull could have taken over the reigns and led the team to a win. Still, 25-8-8 for Lucas is impressive stuff.  6 points (5 for win, 1 for +10 margin)

Was this the most impressive performance by a team so far? The stats say yes — three double-digit wins in three nights. However, given that the combined record of the three opponents currently stands at 6-24, I suppose we’d be disappointed if Chicago did anything less. Still, the Bulls can do nothing but play the opponents put in front of them, and you gotta tip your cap to the new leaders, who notched 13 total points. The only way they can be topped from here on out is if a team plays two road games and wins all three by double figures, so, yeah, good luck beating Chicago.

Up next: The Philadelphia 76ers also played three straight Jan. 9-11.

Three for all Scoreboard:
Chicago Bulls (13 points)
OKC Thunder (12 points)
Atlanta Hawks (8 points)
Houston Rockets (7 points)
Denver Nuggets (6 points)
L.A. Lakers (3 points)
Sacramento Kings (2 points)
Minnesota Timberwolves (2 points)

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