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Mike Ilitch ‘real close’ to purchasing Pistons November 9, 2010

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Mike Ilitch said Monday he is ‘real close’ to reaching a deal to buy the Pistons, according to Yahoo! Sports.

Ilitch, who already owns the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers, made the comments at the Hockey Hall of Fame while attending the induction ceremony of Jimmy Devellano, senior vice president of the Wings and Tigers.

When asked if the Wings would ever play at the Palace of Auburn Hills, Ilitch was a little more vague.

He told the Detroit Free Press, “Well, I don’t want to get into all that. We’re going to build a stadium in Detroit. … I want two teams in one building. So that’s all I can tell you.”

Ilitch has had exclusive negotiating rights with the team for a month.

Pistons-Nets tickets selling for cheap online October 27, 2010

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Going to be in the New Jersey area this evening? Apparently, tickets for the regular season opener between the Pistons and the New Jersey Nets are a steal right now.

NorthJersey.com is reporting $200 list-price tickets selling for $50, a $40 ticket for $10, or a $20 ticket for 47 cents.

Those figures obviously don’t include convenience fees, parking or concessions, but hey, it’s still a major bargain.

The article said the $200 tickets discounted at $50 were found on TravelZoo.com, which many NBA teams work with. Other discounts were found on sites like StubHub.com, SeatGeek.com or Ticketsnow.com, according to the report.

Pistons sale could be finalized in November October 24, 2010

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NBA Commissioner David Stern believes a deal to sell the Pistons could be sealed next month.

As widely reported in early October, Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers owner Mike Ilitch is interested and has a set time frame in which to make an offer. Stern pegged the expiration date of that negotiating period around Oct. 31.

He hopes the agreement could then be formalized over the next 40 to 45 days or so.

Ilitch’s group has met with officials of the Pistons’ parent company, Palace Sports & Entertainment, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Bynum coins a new color October 24, 2010

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“Bynum Blue” sneakers / Photo via Chrios Iott, MLive.com

He calls it “Bynum Blue.”

If Will Bynum doesn’t grab attention this year with his play, at least his shoes will. The Pistons guard has been running up and down the court in bright blue sneakers that are sure to turn heads.

The athletic phenom says the shoes make him look and feel faster, that it’s a “mental thing.”

Bynum says he’ll wear the shoes all season as long as he doesn’t get fined.

Monroe gets no love from rookies October 18, 2010

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Pistons rookie forward Greg Monroe earned no votes for Rookie of the Year when NBA.com surveyed 40 rooks in August.

Picking Washington Wizards guard John Wall — the clear number 1 pick in last summer’s NBA draft — for the this year’s award is unsurprising. But PistonPowered.com wonders why Monroe didn’t even get a look from his fellow rookies.

The blog makes a good argument in Monroe’s favor: He’ll get significant playing time in Detroit’s frontcourt, especially with the loss of Jonas Jerebko.

Monroe is also the first legit post threat the Pistons have had in years, notwithstanding the times Rasheed Wallace decided to stay inside the arc.

Hopefully, Monroe will use the news as bulletin board fodder to spur his play to greater heights, as Patrick Hayes of PistonPowered.com suggests.

Injuries set Pistons back in preseason October 12, 2010

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Jonas Jerebko / Photo via MLive.com

UPDATE: Detroitbadboys.com reported Jonas Jerebko and Terrico White underwent successful surgeries.

Injuries are inevitable in competitive sports, but going down in a mostly meaningless preseason opener is just unfair. Pistons second-year forward Jonas Jerebko, a starter last year, tore his right Achilles tendon and is expected to be out of commission for at least five months. Ouch.

And point guard Terrico White suffered a fractured fifth metatarsal in his right foot. He will be on the bench at least six weeks. Double ouch.

Both players underwent surgery last Friday.

Meanwhile, forward Chris Wilcox missed the preseason opener against the Miam Heat because of a sore hamstring.

And head coach John Kuester rested guard Tracy McGrady against the Milwaukee Bucks last Friday night because he wants to “pace him.”

At least guard Richard Hamilton has a happy reason for missing a game: His son was born last week.

Clock ticking on the Palace? October 8, 2010

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Crain’s Detroit Business reported last week that Detroit Pistons owner Karen Davidson is selling the team and its parent Palace Sports & Entertainment Inc. to Mike Ilitch, a Detroit pizza chain mogul who already owns the Detroit Red Wings and the Detroit Tigers.

The deal is not done, but the Detroit Free Press reports Pistons ownership has reportedly given the Ilitchs a 30-day exclusive window.

While this is potentially relieving news for Pistons fans freaking out about the team perhaps vacating Detroit, Ilitch might move the team downtown and out of the Palace (which would also require renaming this blog). Word on the street is the Red Wings would share the new facility, moving out of the famed Joe Louis Arena.

Currently, almost 79 percent of voters in the Detroit Free Press’ poll think the Pistons moving downtown is a good idea.

Free Press columnist Drew Sharp thinks Ilitch can’t fiscally handle keeping three professional teams successful, and the Pistons will draw the short straw.

Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News thinks the pros outweigh the cons.

What about you? Do you want the Pistons to join the other Detroit franchises downtown, or is the scent of Palace nostalgia too powerful for the team to leave?

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