Pat Smith returns with a shiny new piece on a video series featuring Jonas Jerebko, the injured Pistons’ player we interviewed at Social Media Night, being produced by Nike Sportswear Sweden.
By Patrick Smith
The latest episode of Nike Sportswear Sweden’s “American Made” features the Pistons’ own Swedish import Jonas Jerebko driving through the streets of Detroit with Swedish-born rapper Adam Tensta. The video is a little heavy on Tensta talking about himself and a little light on basketball talk for my taste, but the cinematography is cool and Jerebko shows once again why he’s a fan favorite with his down-to-earth style.
Definitely worth a look for Jonas’ beautiful Aryan mug and some nice shots of Detroit, both grimy and picaresque.
Below the jump are the trailer and first episode that were released earlier this year, as well as the freshly released episode two.
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– MF & JB
Waiting for Jonas…
-MF & JB
As you know by now, we’re going to be at the Palace tonight covering the Pistons game for their Social Media Night. While we’re thrilled to have been selected to take part, we’d like to give our readers the chance to get in on the fun too. If you have any questions that you’d like us to ask Charlie V. or J.J., submit them in the comments section below and be sure to check back for their responses.
In the meantime, stay tuned here and on Twitter for the latest updates from Auburn Hills.
– MF & JB
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“Whether you think it’s a Rip trade or Tayshaun trade (laughs), something needs to be done.” – Tayshaun Prince
By Patrick Smith
There’s not much of a point for me to guess whether the proposed three-team, 15-player trade that would send away Richard Hamilton is ever going to happen. Well-connected reporters have declared the trade between the Nets, Pistons and Nuggets either dead or inevitable with even occurrence, so I’ll just say let’s really hope it does. This team needs to change drastically, and jettisoning Rip isn’t going to be enough, but it’s a long overdue first step.
By my count the Pistons now have four players who are best suited to the two-guard position, five if you count Charlie “Chuck Shots” Villanueva, and $27.5 million in salary this year devoted to the position. I’m not the first to point out the ridiculous stockpiling of shooting guards and small forwards, and I won’t spend any more time documenting it, but an unclear rotation and a poisonous discontent emanating from entitled veterans is obscuring whatever positives this team might have.
I still believe what I wrote before the season, that, even considering their deficiencies in the post, the talent of this team is good enough to make the playoffs in the Eastern Conference (and then be swept by the Heat or Magic) but the inconsistent minutes and team discord are keeping this team from realizing its unimpressive potential. Getting rid of the Phantom of the Palace lessens the strain in both areas, even if the cost is bringing in an awful center in Johan Petro and spending the rest of this season with yet another weak, jump shooting power forward in Troy Murphy.
Taking a trip in the way-back machine, when The Woodward Spine was in its infancy stages, Jeff and I agreed that it would be a good idea to solicit posts from upstanding citizens outside of our two-person circle. Enter our first such contributor to (barely, but nonetheless) pass our rigorous tests of skill and humanity: Patrick Smith. Check out his bio on our contributors page for a bit more information on this Royal Oak, Mich.-native-turned-Chicagoan.
By Patrick Smith
Detroiters are known for having particularly thin skin when it comes to national attention being focused on our city; layers of our epidermis have been worn away by decades of criticism. It’s hard to take a joke when the most heartbreaking parts of our struggles are held up for ridicule.
It may be that we are not thin-skinned, but perceptive. Those on the outside looking in seem to discount our successes, minimize our proud history and rejoice in our failures.
So it is with our historically great basketball team, a team two seasons removed from six straight Eastern Conference Finals appearances. National writers are consistently picking the Pistons as one of the four or five worst teams in the NBA, a league that includes the Nets, Warriors, Timberwolves, Wizards, Clippers and 76ers in it.
Beyond that “the Architect,” Joe Dumars, has undergone a precipitous fall from genius to idiot; a stark change in esteem in such a short time that one might conclude the experts don’t have any idea what they are talking about.