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Dwane Casey: 'Now Is The Time For Real Change'

May 30, 2020 11:17 PM

Dwane Casey released an open letter addressing the death of George Floyd on the Detroit Pistons' site.

Casey compared his experiences growing up in Kentucky to the outrage following Floyd's death in light of raising his son.

Towards the end of his statement, Casey calls for systemic change and a cultural shift.

Casey's full statement is below:

“Fifty-four years ago I was an eight-year-old boy living in rural Kentucky when the schools were desegregated.  I walked into a white school where I was not wanted nor welcomed.  At that time there were no cell phones to record my treatment, no cable news stations with 24/7 coverage, no social media to record the reality of the situation or offer support nor condemnation.  But I can remember exactly how I felt as an eight-year-old child.  I felt helpless.  I felt as if I was neither seen, nor heard, nor understood.  As I have watched the events unfold in the days following the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis, a city where I coached and once called home, I see how many people continue to feel those same feelings - helpless, frustrated, invisible, angry.

I understand the outrage because it seems the list continues to grow: Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd.  The injustices continue to mount and nothing seems to be changing.

Fifty-four years later, my son is now eight years old and I look at the world he is growing up in and wonder, how much has really changed? How often is he judged on sight?  Is he growing up in a world where he is seen, and heard, and understood?  Does he feel helpless?  Will he be treated like George Floyd or Ahmaud Abrey?  What have we really done in the last 54 years to make his eight-year-old world better than mine was?  We all have to be and do better.

We have to change the way we see and hear each other.  We have to work together to find solutions to make the justice system just.  Black, white and brown people have to work together to find new answers.   The only way we can stop the systemic problems that people of color have faced all our lives is through honesty and transparency.  We have to understand why people are at their limit at this moment.  It takes empathy, in its truest form.  It takes a culture shift, it takes action.  Let’s stop the injustice now.  Let’s not allow another generation to continue to live in a world where they are treated as unequal.  Now is the time for real change.”

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Pistons Begin Search To Hire General Manager

May 26, 2020 4:38 PM

The Detroit Pistons have begun a search to hire a general manager to work under Ed Stefanski.

Stefanski will be work with Pistons and Palace Sports vice chairman Arn Tellem on the process.

The Pistons hired Stefanski and Dwane Casey in 2018.

Detroit fired Stan Van Gundy after the 17-18 season.

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Bruce Brown Fully Recovered Following Thumb Surgery

May 16, 2020 10:24 AM

Bruce Brown said he has recovered after undergoing thumb surgery last month.

Brown added that a ligament was placed onto his thumb bone.

"If the season was to start, I'd be back. I think my time line was like six weeks," said Brown.

Brown is averaging 8.9 points this season.

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Pistons Could Use 2020 Cap Space In Trade To Collect Assets

Apr 29, 2020 7:52 AM

The Detroit Pistons could use their cap space this offseason to collect assets. The Pistons resolved one of their key anticipated decisions of the 2020 offseason at the trade deadline when they traded Andre Drummond.

"I think what’s going to happen there is going to see how the free agency plays out," said Ed Stefanski. "We’re working on different options that we think we may be able to implement. But until the free agency market opens and what happens, let’s say the ‘A’ players with the higher salaries go off the board, then we’ll be able to see what makes sense and how it all comes together. Do we use that cap space to get a player, too? That’s one option. Do we use that cap space to maybe make a trade somewhere? We could use that. Or do we just save our cap space going into the season to see if we can use it in a trade situation to either get players or to collect assets?"

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Sekou Doumbouya Returns To France During Stoppage Of Play

Apr 19, 2020 1:03 AM

Sekou Doumbouya returned to France to be close to his family during the NBA's stoppage in play.

The league recommended against non-essential travel, but players could go to another city with the agreement of their team.

International travel could potentially lead to logistical concerns once play resumes. 

Doumbouya is averaging 6.4 points in 38 game this season. 

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Christian Wood 'Feeling Great And Fully Recovered' From COVID-19

Mar 26, 2020 1:16 AM

Christian Wood has fully recovered after testing positive for COVID-19, according to his agent Adam Pensack.

Pensack said that Wood is "feeling great and fully recovered" after receiving a positive test on March 14th.

Wood, who still has to pass medical tests, is expected to be fully cleared on Thursday.

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Members of Knicks' Front Office 'Enamored' With Christian Wood

Mar 18, 2020 1:14 AM

The New York Knicks monitored Christian Wood's progress throughout this season, league sources told Ian Begley of SNY.

Several members of the Knicks' front office are said to be "enamored" by Wood.

The 24-year-old Wood, who recently tested positive for COVID-19, will be an unrestricted free agent this summer.

With only $1 million of Taj Gibson's contract guaranteed plus a team option on Bobby Portis, the Knicks could go into this summer's free agency period with only Julius Randle and Mitchell Robinson at the post position.

Wood averaged 23 points, 10 rebounds, and shot 40% from 3 after becoming a starter for the Pistons. 

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Christian Wood Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Mar 14, 2020 8:42 PM

Christian Wood has tested positive for coronavirus.

Wood had 30 points and 11 rebounds against Rudy Gobert on Saturday.

Wood has shown no symptoms and is doing well at this point.

Wood's positive test marks the third in the NBA and the first besides Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell of the Utah Jazz.

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Players From Cavs, Knicks, Raptors, Celtics, Pistons Told To Self-Quarantine

Mar 12, 2020 1:34 AM

Players from the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Boston Celtics, and Detroit Pistons were told to self-quaratine after Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus.

The Jazz played the aforementioned teams within the last 10 days.

The Thunder, set to play the Jazz, were cleared to leave Chesapeake Energy Arena.

Jazz players are set to remain at the arena after they were tested for coronavirus and await results. 

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Lakers Offered Alex Caruso To Pistons In Deal For Derrick Rose

Mar 6, 2020 1:12 PM

The Los Angeles Lakers tried to trade for Derrick Rose at the trade deadline, offering Alex Caruso and draft compensation.

The Detroit Pistons set a high price for Rose and decided to keep as he's signed for 20-21 at an affordable number.

The Lakers have sought a perimeter player who can create his own shot.

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Pistons Claim Jordan McRae Off Waivers

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Derrick Rose Out At Least Two Weeks With Grade 2 Right Ankle Sprain

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Pistons Sign Donta Hall To 2nd 10-Day Contract

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Markieff Morris Gave Back Entire 20-21 Salary In Buyout With Pistons

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Pistons Recall Khyri Thomas From G League

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Pistons Won't Buyout Derrick Rose After Rebuffing Trade Inquiries

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Pistons Sign Donta Hall To 10-Day Contract

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Markieff Morris Plans To Sign With Lakers

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Markieff Morris, Pistons Agree To Buyout, Lakers Considered Frontrunner

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Pistons Sign Derrick Walton Jr. To 10-Day Contract

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Andre Drummond Told Teammates Cavs' Situation Was Worse Than Pistons

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Reggie Jackson Agrees To Buyout With Pistons, Plans To Sign With Clippers

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Reggie Jackson Considering Buyout With Pistons As Clippers Loom

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Pistons Waive Tim Frazier

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Cavaliers Acquire Andre Drummond From Pistons

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Suns, Pistons Reach Impasse On Luke Kennard Trade Talks

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Lakers, Clippers, Bucks, 76ers, Celtics, Rockets Interested In Markieff Morris

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Suns, Pistons Discussing Deal Centered Around Luke Kennard

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Pistons Looking For Lottery-Level, 1st-Round Pick For Derrick Rose

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No Real Trade Market Right Now For Andre Drummond

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