Stan Van Gundy has been on the job for nine months now as President of the Detroit Pistons and the team's head coach. In that short amount of time, he has turned over almost all of the entire Pistons roster. 10 new faces are in the mix, and 10 other players have been let go, most infamously Josh Smith, who was outright released in December. The team responded and has clawed its way out of the basement to being a few games out of the eighth seed in the East.
Only four players from the previous regime are still on the roster. Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, and the injured Brandon Jennings. It was that injury that likely inspired Van Gundy to make a bigger than expected move for guard Reggie Jackson. Even though Jackson will be a restricted free agent and will need a substantial offer to stay, the Pistons get the balance of this season to see what he's got in him.
Van Gundy has had a big challenge to deal with when he assumed control of the Pistons. The team had a number of bad contracts and mismatched talent on the floor that had no chemistry. There was also a revolving door at the head coaching position. Now the roster has been turned over and Van Gundy can use the rest of the 2014-15 season to evaluate the pieces he has and see which way he wants to go heading into next season. more >>
Filipino eight-division champion Manny Pacquiao has continued to play and coach Philippine professional basketball in the midst of training for his fight with undefeated American fighter Floyd Mayweather, Jr. in the spring.
Manny Pacquiao, who has a seat in Philippine House of Representatives, is also a playing coach for the Kia Motors Philippine Basketball Association team. According to Filipino news site, ABS-CBN Pacquiao is adamant about remaining part of the team, and is currently gearing up for a game against Talk N' Text while in the middle of training for his May 2 fight with Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
According to Pacquiao, his basketball games will serve as "cross training" to help him with "footwork and balancing." This was announced despite the PBA and KIA releasing a statement they intend to give Pacquiao a much-needed break to focus on training for the Mayweather bout. more >>
Although Andy Pettitte cheated and used performance enhancing drugs, he readily admitted it and never delayed his apology. The fans forgave Andy Pettitte and soon the New York Yankees will give him the ultimate honor of retiring his number and giving the pitcher a plague in monument park alongside the like of Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, and Joe DiMaggio.
Pettitte won five world series rings with the Yankees, and he has over 2,400 strike outs -- a number that is certainly good enough to get him elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame if he were not and admitted PED user. The voters for the baseball hall have shut out those players got or suspected of being PED users.
Each baseball fan has to decide for themselves how his PED use illegitimates the numbers he put up. The Yankees have decided for themselves and are choosing to honor him, and that honor is hard to argue with. more >>
Major League baseball and its players union have announced a number of rules changes that will take effect in Spring training games scheduled to begin in March. Most of the new rules center around pace of play with the most significant changes coming to when a batter can step out of the batter box and when a pitcher must be ready to make the first pitch.
Keeping the hitter in the box is essential since a pitcher cannot get set and get a sign from his catcher until that batter is in the box ready to hit. Under the new rules a batter must keep one foot in the box after every pitch. There are a number of exemptions to this rule that all revolve around a specific baseball activity. However the new rules seem like a step in the right direction.
MLB Umpires are also going to be stricter with the time pitchers get between innings and after pitching changes. Those rules are complex and can be read here but the thing to know is timers will be installed that will measure the time of these breaks. MLB plans to enforce these rules by a warning/fine system for the players. more >>
Oklahoma City Thunder's Kevin Durant had reportedly underwent a minor procedure on Sunday to replace the screw in his surgically repaired right foot.
A report from ESPN cited OKC General Manager Sam Presti telling the press that the 26-year-old reigning MVP is expected to miss at least one week. However, they are still hopeful that he'd return to continue the season.
"As we have conveyed, Kevin has experienced increased soreness in his right foot recently and as a result we initiated a process to determine the best way to manage it moving forward," he said. more >>
A brand currently dominating World Wrestling Entertainment, WWE Monday Night RAW showcases some of the show's prominent wrestlers at 8 p.m. ET.
One of the longest running television sports shows, the WWE Monday Night RAW opens at Nashville Tennessee's Bridgestone Arena, showcasing the raw world of professional wrestling.
Criticized as soap opera for wrestling, it first debuted in January 1993 with WWE Hall of Fame wrestlers, Koko B. and Yokozuna opening the first match of the premiering program. It has since garnered the reputation of being one of the highest-rated programs on television since its first episode on the USA Network. more >>