Michigan St. legend Mateen Cleaves highlights CBS Sports Draft Show

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Mateen Cleaves is not only one of the most legendary names in Michigan State history, he’s also one of the most iconic players in college basketball lore. This Spartan warrior is known for winning a national title while on crutches, being a stellar point guard and the ugly Bill Cosby style sweaters he wore on the bench when injured.

Mateen Cleaves played in the NBA for 6 years, including a couple years with the Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons. He later played in the NBDL, Russia and Greece. Now the Big Ten icon of icon is joining CBS Sports as a studio analyst.

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Pistons Draft Pick Kyle Singler: no Regrets about Playing in Spain

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NBA talent Kyle Singler, the 33rd overall pick in the 2011 NBA draft by the Detroit Pistons, said he has no regret over his decision to spurn the Pistons to play professional basketball in Spain.

The Real Madrid forward, selected by Detroit with the 3rd pick in the second round of the draft, is one of a handful of players who didn’t return to America once the NBA lockout ended.

The former Duke Blue Devils star and 2010 NCAA Tournament MOP has decided to stay in Spain and hone his skills.

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Will the Bulls have the Best Record in the NBA Again?

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The Chicago Bulls led the NBA in wins last year, but like their #1 seed counterpart in the West, the San Antonio Spurs, they failed to reach the NBA Finals.

Chicago returns the same nucleus as last year, with some upgrades. On paper, they should be better. Then again, so will the Miami Heat, who eliminated them last year.

“I think the longer you are together, everything improves. Our goal is to be a well balanced team, those are the teams that do well in the playoffs, I believe we finished 11th in offensive efficiency, we were first in defensive efficiency, we can’t be one-dimensional,” Bulls Coach Tom Thibodeau said.

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2012 Chicago Bulls Look to Avoid Glass Ceiling

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Of all the questions surrounding the Chicago Bulls this season, only one truly matters- can they get past the Miami Heat this year? Because of what happened last season (4-1 Eastern Conference Finals loss despite the Bulls having home court advantage), what could happen this year (many NBA experts predict the same outcome this year) and how this script could occur repeatedly in the future, that’s what this season is all about.

Only breaking through that playoff “glass ceiling “matters. Miami will probably have their big three in place for awhile, and that could create a situation commonly referred to as “NBA Hell” for the Bulls and everyone else in the Eastern Conference.

“NBA Hell” and the “glass ceiling” are kind of the same thing.

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Chicago Bulls Camp Opens: Notable Quotables

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Chicago Bulls Head Coach Tom Thibodeau described what happens when his team plays the Miami Heat: “each possession is a war.” Yes, the NBA is actually back now, even though it may seem hard to believe. Training camps are open, media days have been held, including the session for the team with the best regular season record in the league last year.

The reigning MVP Derrick Rose spoke about possible slights by the national media. “We hear everything,” he said and he talked about motivation for the Bulls.

“We had the No. 1 record in the NBA last year. I guess people forgot that.”

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Rip Hamilton Will be a Chicago Bull in the Next Couple Days

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The Detroit Pistons still haven’t officially waived shooting guard Richard “Rip” Hamilton. Waivers take 48 hours to clear. Barring any unforeseen issues, Rip should be at Chicago Bulls trainingcamp by the middle of the week.

Today was Bulls media day, and of course free agency, trades, acquisitions were all hot topics. As you might expect no one said anything publicly to reveal the next transaction (Rip Hamilton to the Bulls). But if you read in between the lines, there’s was enough said to verify that this will soon be a done deal.

“Rip? Did we get him yet? Or..I don’t even know. If we were to get him I think he’ll be great, he’s always in perfect shape, running around especially for his age,” said the reigning MVP Derrick Rose at today’s presser. He sounded a bit confused at first, like perhaps he revealed too much.

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Magic Waive Gilbert Arenas with Amnesty Clause; Pistons Cut Rip Hamilton

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The new Amnesty Clause in the NBA labor agreement update claimed it’s first ever victim today. Gilbert Arenas of the Orlando Magic. Yes, “Hibachi,” “Agent 0,” or as I call him “shooty mcshootington” or “gunsy mcgunsington” walks away from the Magic with a cool $60+ million; without having to do a thing.

The Magic get to take his albatross of a contract off their salary cap hit. Now, with the new rule in place teams under the cap will be able to bid on him. If there are no bids, he simply becomes an unrestricted free agent.

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NBA Free Agent Signings: McGrady, Dunleavy, Prince, Jerebko

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Our resident NBA nerd David Kay is on vacation this week; in a much warmer place. However, being out of the country hasn’t stopped him from being on top of the news. He’s got a lot to say on what’s been going on with the league this week.

Detroit Pistons re-sign SF Tayshaun Prince to 4-year, $27 million contract

I thought for sure Prince was going to move on in his career and not want to return to a Pistons team that seems to be in re-building mode.  Financially, this was probably the best deal Prince was going to get as other teams were reportedly offering him a shorter deal.  He must be happy in Detroit otherwise he wouldn’t have signed this deal and chose to take less money from a contender.

Detroit Pistons re-sign F Jonas Jerebko to 4-year, $16 million contract

Jerebko missed all of last season with injury but showed enough in his rookie season to warrant this type of contract extension.  He is an energy player who can do multiple things on the floor and is worth the investment for Detroit.

Atlanta Hawks sign G/F Tracy McGrady to 1-year deal worth league minimum

For a Hawks team that is massively over the cap and losing their sixth man, Jamal Crawford, this deal makes a lot of sense.  T-Mac had a rejuvenation of his career last season, showing he was healthy and still had some gas left in the tank.  He will ultimately replace Crawford as the team’s top reserve on the wing and comes at a cheap rate.

Los Angeles Lakers sign SG Jason Kapono to 1-year deal worth league minimum

The Lakers did just lose Shannon Brown to Phoenix so maybe Kapono can serve as a back-up to Kobe Bryant.  MAYBE.  I wouldn’t expect him to be a major contributor for the Lake Show this season.

Milwaukee Bucks sign SF Mike Dunleavy to 2-year, $7.5 million contract

In trading Corey Maggette and having Chris Douglas-Roberts and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute as free agents, the Bucks were searching for a veteran small forward.  Dunleavy is still a serviceable player at this point of his career but injuries are always a concern since he has only played more than 70 games once in the past five seasons.  He will likely serve as Carlos Delfino’s back-up until first round pick Tobias Harris is ready to be a contributor at the NBA level.

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David Kay is a senior feature NBA Draft, NBA, and college basketball writer for the Sports Bank.  He also heads up the NBA and college basketball material at Walter Football.com and is a former contributor at The Washington Times Communities.  David has appeared on numerous national radio programs spanning from Cleveland to New Orleans to Honolulu.  He also had the most accurate 2011 NBA Mock Draft on the web.

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Detroit Pistons Draft Pick, Duke Blue Devils Alum Kyle Singler Signs with Spanish Team

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Former Duke Blue Devils forward Kyle Singler, the 33rd overall pick to the Detroit Pistons, has reached a deal with Alicante of Spanish ACB, his agent Greg Lawrence told Yahoo! Sports, as tweeted by Adrian Wojnarowski.

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Top NBA Teams of All Time Named: ’96 Bulls #1, ’71 Bucks #8 ’89 Pistons #10

In 2011, Sporting News is settling the score on the Great Sports Debates. This month’s debate puts to rest the argument of the NBA’s greatest teams of all time, with SN asking an All-Star panel of current and former coaches, players, executives and journalists to cast their votes. Led by Michael Jordan, the 1995-96 NBA champion Chicago Bulls earned the No. 1 spot. They won 72 regular-season games, the most all time, led the league with 105.2 points per game and were tops in both offensive efficiency and defensive efficiency.

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Detroit Pistons Fall to #8 in NBA Draft Lottery

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The Detroit Pistons will have the eighth pick in the 2011 NBA draft, as their luck in the lottery faltered, costing them one spot from their projected seventh spot.

The team entered with a 15.3 percent chance of netting a top-three pick, including a 4.3 percent chance of taking the top spot. They had a 59 percent of staying at #7– the slot they held last year that resulted in drafting forward Greg Monroe, their player representative at this year’s lottery –but were pushed down a spot when Cleveland vaulted to number one.

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Detroit Pistons Finally Find a New Owner

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It looks like the NBA’s Detroit Pistons will soon have a new owner. The struggling club announced on April 8 that Tom Gores, a billionaire investor from California, has agreed to take over the franchise.  It’s been a long time coming, considering current owner Karen Davidson has had the club on the market for about a year now.

It’s believed that the deal also includes the DTE Energy Music Theatre and the Palace of Auburn Hills. The financial details haven’t been released and the NBA also has to approve the deal. That could just be a formality though and it’s expected the sale will go through by June 30. Gores is the CEO and chairman of Platinum Equity, and he’s purchasing the operating rights for the Meadow Brook Music Festival. Davidson took over ownership of the Pistons in 2009 when her husband Bill passed away.

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