(C-Webb, shown while playing for Birmingham Detroit Country Day)
And the best part is, he doesn’t have to leave any tickets for Ed Martin! From the Detroit Free Press’ Krista Jahnke.
Chris Webber can’t officially become a Piston until after the three-day weekend, but a team source said Friday afternoon a deal was nearly done to bring the Detroit native home.
ESPN.com was reporting Friday night that Webber would not make a decision about his new team before today, but it still seems likely that by next week, the Pistons will start the former Michigan and Birmingham Detroit Country Day star alongside Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups.
Several signs pointed to Webber’s arrival in Detroit. Saunders moved Wallace back into his usual starting spot for Friday’s loss in Atlanta, and moved Nazr Mohammed to the bench.
Center Dale Davis started in Mohammed’s place Friday and likely will do the same tonight against Boston. He also had his agent, Chubby Wells, on hand in Philips Arena on Friday and was trying to ignore various trade rumors that have him on the way out of Detroit.
While there’s some talk this morning of Dallas or Seattle being interested in Davis, the New York Daily News’ Frank Isola drops a hint, however subtle, of the Nets dangling Vince Carter for the Grizzliers’ Pau Gasol.
(the pic of Mike Dunleavy sipping wine has been circulated far too often, so here’s one of his Uncle Steve, instead)
Golden State’s Mike Dunleavy and Troy Murphy are making sick loot to ride the pine, and the SF Chronicle’s Janny Hu quotes Don Nelson as showing no inclination to give either more playing time.
Nelson blasted Dunleavy and Murphy on Friday after the two combined for 10 points on 4-for-13 shooting, 10 rebounds and four assists in 50 minutes in Friday’s 118-96 loss to the Heat.
“Where are our veterans? What the hell are they doing?” Nelson said. “We shouldn’t be relying on Matt Barnes to have a good game to win, but that’s where we’re at.”
With the former starters under-producing, does Mullin still believe he has the right pieces for Nelson’s up-tempo game?
“I think we’ve had some decent success playing this style,” Mullin said. “Some have adapted to it easier than others. But we’ll see how it goes from here on out.
“Some of the guys that haven’t played well, do I see them fitting in? Yeah, if they can do it. It hasn’t happened, so we’ll see what happens.”
Though multiple league sources said the Warriors have had discussions with other teams about Dunleavy and Murphy, nothing appears imminent.
While it’s tempting to characterize Ray Allen’s heroics last night against Utah as the highlight of his career, some of you might forget that he starred alongside thespian powerhouse
Rick Fox Denzel Washington in “He Got Game” and more than held his own. I saw this celluloid classic in a nearly deserted cinema in Jersey City on it’s opening Friday, and the only thing more disturbing than the Stephen Stills/Public Enemy collaboration on the film’s title tune were the howls of outrage from a pair of Washington’s female fans, who took great exception to his doing the nasty with Mila Jovovich. “Don’t do it, Denzel! Don’t sleep with that white witch!”
My fellow audience members had no such problems with John Tuturro as a basketball coach. Maybe we weren’t watching the same movie.