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Dan Gilbert owns the Cavaliers, but he’s still telling the Pistons how to operate


Dan Gilbert doesn’t just tell LeBron James how to handle his business. The Cavaliers owner also tells Pistons owner Tom Gores how to handle his.

Gilbert – again – has publically suggested the Pistons should move from the suburb of Auburn Hills to downtown Detroit.  Gilbert, via Mike Wilkinson of The Detroit News:

“Let’s face it, (arenas) don’t belong in a farm field in the suburbs.”

Gilbert has business interest in downtown Detroit, and while he’s done good things for the city, it’s an easy to see ulterior motive. A new downtown arena would be good for his business.

It wouldn’t be quite so good for the citizens of cash-strapped Detroit, who would almost certainly have to foot the bill. The Palace is privately owned, and Gores has invested in upgrading the arena.

When The Palace becomes obsolete, a downtown arena might make sense, but right now, Gilbert should butt out.

Matt Barnes says he went to house because his son looked distressed

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So far, the only substantive accounts of the Matt Barnes-Derek Fisher altercation have come from anonymous sources.

The Knicks coach has deflected questions.

But Barnes is giving his account, at least of the lead-up.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPN:

It’s completely understandable that Barnes would act to ensure his children’s welfare.

And let’s say everything he said is true. It still leaves important questions unanswered.

Did Barnes – as he reportedly texted a friend he did – beat up Fisher and spit on his estranged wife, Gloria Govan? If so, why did Barnes deem that necessary to protect kids?

Gregg Popovich resting himself for Spurs game at Sacramento

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Gregg Popovich said he wouldn’t coach in July.

Apparently, he’s taking off part of October, too.

Marc J. Spears of Yahoo Sports:

It’s not that surprising to see Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Boris Diaw staying home. Veterans miss preseason games all the time just to rest. With the Spurs, it happens even in the regular season.

But it’s still a little strange to see the head coach sit out, even though Popovich also did it last year.

It makes sense, though. Who cares about this preseason game? If travelling less helps the 66-year-old Popovich stay fresh in the years ahead, that’s well worth it. Plus, it gets Messina a little extra experience. Some day, he might be the head coach.