HOW WOULD YOU RANK THE PISTONS STARTING FIVE?
** I must give credit to Pat "The Book" Caputo who brought up an interesting topic on radio the other day. We all know the Pistons have the best starting five in basketball.
How would you rank the players in importance from one to five?
I've gone over this a number of times and am never satisfied with the list because no one should be ranked fifth. But here goes any way.
Here is my list.
1. Ben Wallace: He is not a great offensive player, but the Pistons give up about 10 points a game more when he is not intimidating opposing shooters.
2. Chauncey Billups: I love point guards and believe they are the most important players on the floor unless of course you have Shaq at center. He is also a huge leader on this team.
3. Rip Hamilton: He is the Pistons most consistent scorer and this guy runs and runs and runs. There is now slow down in him.
4. Tayshaun Prince: See I am hating this list already. Here is a guy many consider the MVP of this team. I talked about him being the most important player on this team at times and I have him fourth on the list. The guy is still emerging and is definitely the most improved player on this list.
5. Rasheed Wallace: How important is this guy? He is only the reason why the Pistons are wearing the crown and not chasing the crown. The Pistons became instant contenders when he was traded here from Atlanta. He hits big shots but too often gives way to teammates.
** One bad thing about the November 19 brawl is Piston fans don't realize what a good guy Pacers center Jermaine O'Neal is. They just remember him punching fans and being out of control. This guy is polished, polite and once the tarnish of this wears off will be one of the great ambassadors of the game.
** I know a number of you do not like Bobby Higginson. However, it is sad to see what he has become. When was the last time he got a hit? Higgy is a shell of what he used to be. He needs a change of scenery. I don't know if that would revive his career. I just know he is more than done here.
** It is too bad a Miami columnist had to inject race into the NBA Most Valuable Player voting. It was tough deciding whether Shaquille O'Neal who is black or white Canadian Steve Nash should be MVP. I know a number of voters who went right down to the wire before deciding.
It was the fourth closest MVP voting in history.
Nash won because he deserved it, not because he is white.
Shaq made Miami matter again. That is how powerful he is.
Although Phoenix is talented Nash does lead a team that won just 29 games last season. Yes, there were injuries last season but this is the engine that makes it run. And did you notice how poorly the Suns played this season without him?
If voters were so color conscious then how come the last white guy to win the award (Larry Bird) did it in the 1980s?
** What should they do with the old Tiger Stadium sight? I spoke to some Corktown businessmen and they believe the city of Detroit should build the new Joe Louis Arena there. It sounds like an excellent idea. At some point they must expand Cobo Center, creating a need for a new arena.
Why not reward the old neighborhood that lost the Tigers when Comerica Park was built? There is speculation the new arena will eventually go behind the Fox Theater. I like the Corktown plan better.
** Next time you are downtown treat yourself and your friends at Harry's. It is a good and friendly place. And you will be surprised how good the food is.
** I am digging the publicity I have been getting on the Drew and Mike Show on WRIF. It is only the most listened morning show in Detroit. If they ever need a wacky sports reporter I am their guy.
** Maybe I should strike that last comment. Mike will read it and swear I am trying to leave him.
** The city's timing is always terrible. I see the courts gave the go ahead to build permanent casinos with hotels. Just in time to miss the Super Bowl.
** OK folks. Enjoy tonight's game.