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(Detroit News)   A new king is needed at the Palace   (detnews.com) divider line 21
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2009-03-14 08:25:03 AM
Bullshiat!
 
2009-03-14 08:32:12 AM
That's sad...seemed like a cool guy. I love how all 3 of the professional teams he owned won championships in 2004. That's just incredibly amazing!
 
2009-03-14 08:49:31 AM
Maybe William Clay Ford can take over?
 
2009-03-14 09:13:50 AM
Ow My Balls: Maybe William Clay Ford can take over?

You take that back! You take that back right now!!!!

/R.I.P. Mr. D.
 
2009-03-14 09:25:16 AM
Wow, thank you for investing in the Pistons sir. Detroit sports have had a lot of sports affiliated people come down with illness or pass away lately.
 
DD0
2009-03-14 09:27:51 AM
That's too bad, he sure hung on for awhile though. Guy has been sick as shiat.

Hopefully his gold digging wife doesn't have anything to do with the team now. He was an awesome owner, don't need her messing it up.

Not a lot of owners that can say they won an NBA title, a Stanley Cup and a WNBA title in the same year.
 
2009-03-14 09:45:54 AM
DD0: That's too bad, he sure hung on for awhile though. Guy has been sick as shiat.

Hopefully his gold digging wife doesn't have anything to do with the team now. He was an awesome owner, don't need her messing it up.

Not a lot of owners that can say they won an NBA title, a Stanley Cup and a WNBA title in the same year.


one of these things is not like the others, one of these things doesnt belong (at least not in the same breath)
 
2009-03-14 10:33:50 AM
Class guy who as coach Larry Brown would say did it the right way.

Then next owner who says build me a new place to play or I'm leaving ask around to find out how much tax payer money Bill Davidson used to build The Palace.
 
DD0
2009-03-14 10:41:51 AM
farbekrieg: DD0: That's too bad, he sure hung on for awhile though. Guy has been sick as shiat.

Hopefully his gold digging wife doesn't have anything to do with the team now. He was an awesome owner, don't need her messing it up.

Not a lot of owners that can say they won an NBA title, a Stanley Cup and a WNBA title in the same year.

one of these things is not like the others, one of these things doesnt belong (at least not in the same breath)


Irrelevant what someone thinks the status of the WNBA is. He still achieved an amazing feat by winning 3 professional sports titles. Owning 3 teams in itself is hard enough.
 
2009-03-14 10:52:22 AM
It has been a bad few days for the Pistons - Chuck Daly gets diagnosed with cancer, and now Mr. D dies.

However, since Mr. D is gone, does that mean they can bring back Rick Carlisle??
 
2009-03-14 11:05:48 AM
emich27: It has been a bad few days for the Pistons - Chuck Daly gets diagnosed with cancer, and now Mr. D dies.

However, since Mr. D is gone, does that mean they can bring back Rick Carlisle??


That was Joe D's call. Not Bill D's. The next owner should have a long talk with Dumars about his... questionable choices this year, and start to right the ship for the next season. That means getting rid of Iverson, going after a decent replacement for Billups, and not trying to use Stuckey as a bargaining chip. The Palace has another 20 years of use in it, the thing is close to indestructible, and it does not need replacing.

I'm going to the game tomorrow afternoon, it should be interesting to see how the Pistons react.
 
2009-03-14 12:46:41 PM
I still miss the Detroit Vipers. They always were my favorite out of the teams he owned.

Rest in peace, Mr. Davidson.
 
2009-03-14 12:49:57 PM
Like the first guy alluded to, I still remember his famous "Bullshiat!" speech after the Pistons drubbed the Lakers in the Finals a few years ago. I'm a Mavs fan, but he still seemed to be a damn good owner from my viewpoint. RIP, Mr. Davidson.

/does this mean we'll get a Jazz/Pistons owner-memorial NBA Finals?
 
2009-03-14 01:05:37 PM
Joe Dumars needs to be fired for hiring Michael Curry.
 
DD0
2009-03-14 03:13:28 PM
oldweevil: Joe Dumars needs to be fired for hiring Michael Curry.

No, he needs to be fired for trading Billups for Iverson. Not because Billups shouldn't have been traded, but because Detroit needs a big man 10x more than a ball hogging ball hog.

That and passing on Dwayne Wade.

Curry should be fired for not having Iverson come off the bench from the day he got there. Why would you not put a guy who can produce by himself against the other teams #2s? Especially when you've got a team that plays like a team in front of him.
 
2009-03-14 03:59:53 PM
ekdikeo4: Bullshiat!

x2

One of the best franchise owners in sports, and way ahead of his time in many ways.

Buying a private jet for the Pistons was f***ing brilliant.

He paid for the Palace through private funding instead of strong-arming the gubmint... and maybe people don't like luxury suites all over the place, but Davidson & company kind of created the prototype for modern sports arenas.

He was truly deserving of a place in the Hall of Fame as an owner. He was truly innovative as the owner of modern sports franchises.

Between Davidson & the Ilich family, Detroit has some truly superb sports franchise owners in recent history. I guess it is karma for having the Fords.
 
2009-03-14 04:42:51 PM
Also, how many owners actually consider hiring minority General Managers? I think a lot of dudes pretend, but Mr. Davidson truly was one of those people who seemed to see the bigger picture in hiring people to do their jobs & let them do their jobs.

When you go back in time, and wonder, "Who knew that Joe Dumars would be an above-average NBA GM?"

Bill Davidson knew it.

(the AI-Billups trade, the Darko deal, etc... not good, but on average, would you rather have Dumars or Isaiah, for instance?)

And then you think of crazy prodigies like Raweed Wallace & Larry Brown. There's not a lot of owners who would let guys like that be themselves. Sure, Larry wore out his welcome (and I think AI will inevitably end up being let go, as will Raweed, in all likelihood)... but you look at what Rasheed has done & been for Detroit. Did Bill Davidson walk around and badmouth the guy because he wasn't the ideal person? He let Rasheed be Rasheed, to the benefit of the Pistons (for the most part)... and he didn't try to go after the type of coaches who would try to make Rasheed into somebody that he isn't.

And maybe the Larry Brown era didn't end on a positive note, but everyone knew it was the right time for that one to end.

Bill Davidson was truly great. Hell, if you can set up an environment where anyone from Tayshaun Prince to Rasheed Wallace, from Isaiah Thomas to Joe Dumars can contribute to your franchise, you have to have one hell of an ability to put things together.
 
2009-03-14 05:50:45 PM
Greenville: Like the first guy alluded to, I still remember his famous "Bullshiat!" speech after the Pistons drubbed the Lakers in the Finals a few years ago. I'm a Mavs fan, but he still seemed to be a damn good owner from my viewpoint. RIP, Mr. Davidson.

/does this mean we'll get a Jazz/Pistons owner-memorial NBA Finals?


Leading a "bullshiat! bullshiat!" chant at the victory celebration was classless, but hilarious and awesome nonetheless.
 
2009-03-14 06:25:59 PM
DD0:
Hopefully his gold digging wife doesn't have anything to do with the team now. He was an awesome owner, don't need her messing it up.


Gee, I wonder why the Pistons, the number one team in gross attendance, is shedding salary...
 
2009-03-14 08:09:35 PM
Just read about this... sounded like he really was one of the "good guys" and we can't afford to lose any of them. RIP, Mr. D.
 
2009-03-15 10:55:15 AM
Goodnight Mr. D. You will be missed.
 
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