It appears that Glenn Robinson III will be the first — though, likely not the last — Michigan Wolverine to declare for the 2014 NBA Draft this offseason. From Jake L. Fischer of the Boston Globe and SLAM:
Even though Joe Dumars was mostly successful as a player and executive, it’s hard to ignore some of the shortcomings his tenure as general manager brought. (zj0933015103, Flickr)
At the conclusion of an elongated tenure for a sports executive, it’s easiest to look back at the positives and gloss over plenty of negative details. While it’s true Joe Dumars has been a positive mainstay for the Detroit Pistons, that shouldn’t absolve his checkered run as general manager.
Dumars did re-instill a winning mentality within Detroit basketball from 2002 until 2008, powerfully embarking on a dramatic sea change which saw the team shift from an embarrassing teal logo back to red, white and blue roots. With regards to personnel, Dumars shook up the team, making a series of bold moves which yielded under-appreciated players that banded together with a hard-working mentality.
In 2004, that work paid off with an NBA championship, and Detroit likely came within a blown assignment by Rasheed Wallace of repeating in 2005. The Pistons continued to operate on top of their game, making the Eastern Conference finals every year from 2006-2008. Prior to taking over in the front office, Dumars himself was a decorated player, winning two titles and an NBA Finals MVP award in 1989. Continue reading
The Detroit Red Wings will take on the top-seeded Boston Bruins in the opening round of the NHL playoffs. Detroit did not clinch a spot until its 80th game of the season, then slipped up with a loss to Carolina, costing itself the No. 7 seed and a meeting with Pittsburgh.
Instead, the Wings drew the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins in Round 1 (* = if necessary):
Game 1, at Boston: Friday, April 18 (7:30 p.m. ET)
Game 2, at Boston: Sunday, April 20 (3 p.m. ET)
Game 3, at Detroit: Tuesday, April 22 (7:30 p.m. ET)
Game 4, at Detroit: Thursday, April 24 (8 p.m. ET)
Game 5*, at Boston: Saturday, April 26 (3 p.m. ET)
Game 6*, at Detroit: Monday, April 28 (Time TBD)
Game 7*, at Boston: Wednesday, April 30 (Time TBD)
During the offseason, we’re debating the biggest talking points about the Detroit Lions.
Detroit Lions Offseason Toss-up #5: The Lions signed free agent cornerback Cassius Vaughn Monday, who had a decent year last year. Is there anything from that move that suggests the Lions have now eliminated cornerback as a need during the draft? Will or should they still draft one high in May?
Chris Burke: I’ve been telling pretty much anyone who will listen since about the combine that the Lions are going to go elsewhere, at least in Round 1. They’re invested in Chris Houston, they believe in Darius Slay, and they’ve spent multiple other picks at cornerback in the past couple of drafts. Now, add in a part-time starter in Vaughn, and the desperation level just isn’t there. Continue reading
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Nik Stauskas may enter the 2014 NBA Draft. He just has not done so yet.
ESPN’s Jeff Goodman reported Thursday that Stauskas would turn pro, forgoing his final two years of eligibility with Michigan. The Wolverines’ star quickly contradicted that report:
Nick Castellanos’ first career MLB home run was a doozy: a three-run blast to straightaway center field off Josh Beckett.
The moment occurred in the third inning of a wild game between the Detroit Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday night — the Tigers won, 7-6 in 10 innings, only after Los Angeles scored three in the bottom of the ninth off closer Joe Nathan.
Castellanos’ homer pushed the Tigers out to a 5-3 lead.
All the Detroit Red Wings needed to clinch a playoff spot Wednesday night was one point in Pittsburgh. Riley Sheahan ensured that they got just that, scoring with 1:15 left in the third period to tie up the Penguins at three.
Despite carrying the play for a large chunk of the night, the Wings found themselves trailing late. Sheahan, Tomas Jurco and Tomas Tatar changed things on a brilliant shift, which ended with Shehan’s shot from the top of the right circle popping up and over Marc-Andre Fluery for the tying goal.
Pittsburgh won in a shootout, 4-3.
It wasn’t always pretty — heck, the first period was downright boring — but the Detroit Red Wings found just enough life to rally past the Buffalo Sabres for a 4-2 win on Tuesday night, virtually assuring that the franchise’s long playoff streak will continue. To clinch a spot now, the Wings need just one point over their final three games or a loss each from New Jersey and Washington.
The race for seventh place could go down to the wire, however. Columbus’ OT win over Phoenix kept the Blue Jackets a mere point back of Detroit in the conference standings.