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Tigers bring back infielder Brent Dlugach on minor league deal (MLive)
Detroit Lions given 18-1 odds to win Super Bowl XLVII (MLive)
Police deny Spartan Trenton Robinson’s claims of unnecessary force (Detroit News)
U-M Board of Regents approves lease of Big House for NHL Winter Classic (WXYZ)
Michigan’s Junior Hemingway, Mike Martin, & David Molk invited to NFL Combine (Detroit News)
What bothered him the most about being traded, other than the general turbulence that comes with uprooting his family and leaving teammates and fans he’s loved and been through the wars with for six years, is that Chauncey Billups honestly thought there was one more championship run left in that old Pistons team.
“Oh yeah,” Billups said Thursday. “I definitely feel like had we stayed the same all year, we had the pieces in place to make another run. I felt last year had I not been hurt with the hamstring that we could have won the championship last year.”
In the summer of 2007, Chauncey Billups was one of the premier free agents on the market. He was 30 years old. He signed a five-year, $60-million contract to stay with the Pistons. The money was right, but Detroit felt right, too. Billups had been a Piston since the summer of 2002. He saw himself as a Piston for life.
If Billups had known that he would be traded a year later, would he have re-signed with the Pistons?
“No way,” he said. “No way. I don’t think anybody would. If anybody told you that if hindsight was 20/20 and they knew a year later they were going to get traded from the place that they signed, they wouldn’t sign.”
“It’s like I lost a brother, you know?” he said. “Me and Chaunce, we came in as nothing when we first got to Detroit, and then we pretty much played ourselves into stars here and won a championship together. We did a lot of special things together.
“It’s so tough. You always think you are going to play together forever. But in life, nothing is ever forever. I miss him like I would miss a brother.”
Dumars said he thought that for the first time Thursday, Hamilton looked like his old jovial self. Hamilton, Iverson and Rasheed Wallace all spent extra time shooting and talking under one of the baskets after practice.