Monday, September 8, 2008

Interview with Pistons owner Bill Davidson

I sure am a sucker for NBA interviews of any kind. Getting to read the actual words straight from the mouth of an NBA player or coach or owner is such an insight into the makeup of the league. That's why I love Eric Mussleman's Basketball Notebook and, to a lesser extent, player-blogs like Gilbert's.

I also love hearing knowledgeable and cantankerous old men give their honest opinions. Looks like I lucked out with this:

Mitch Ablum, sportswriter and author of 'Tuesdays With Morrie,' interviews Bill Davidson, owner of the Detroit Pistons and the WNBA's Detroit Shock.


Here are some excerpts: (Q = Ablum, A = Davidson)

"Q: What do you look for during a game?

A: Well, I look for certain things, which are mainly fouls ... and, unfortunately, the referees are not what they should be -- although they're getting better. So I watch the referees. I watch who they are. There are certain referees -- when they come to our game -- you know you're gonna lose. And that should never be.

Q: What do you think of the whole Tim Donaghy scandal?

A: That's the tip of the iceberg with referees.

Q: Do the refs' calls upset you that much?

A: Yeah, it's what they call and when they call it -- and on whom they call it. And when you see what they do, you know that they're kind of taking over the game and making the outcome certain -- all they have to do is call a couple ticky-tack fouls on say, (Chauncey) Billups, and you're not gonna win that game.

Q: Have you voiced that concern to the commissioner?

A: (He laughs.) Daily!"


Rohan D. said...

Live it! It's Time! To Get Red!

As a younger kid watching the championship years, the Rockets organizations would come up with crowd-pleasing catchy slogans, usually designed to promote the upcoming season. You can't help but picture those bright yellow signs that say "Believe It" and of course the sequal, "Believe It Again". Maybe the most famous and my personal favorite is "Clutch City". "Clutch City" was an actual response to the "Choke City" title we earned by blowing 20-point leads in two consecutive home games against Barkley's Suns and maybe for that reason it has stuck to a certain extent. It is more of our nickname then our slogan.

Now I take strong pride in our organization's themes. This year is no different. "GET RED"! I love it. This is more than a slogan this year, it is a call for action. It is an attempt to unify this cities sports fans and make Houston's color Rocket's Red.

It is no longer an opinion to say Houston fans have been disloyal as a whole. Seats have been empty for years. IF you go to a game the only cheers you hear are during the timeouts when the free stuff goes flying, and the only discussion going around are "trade this" or "blame that" or "THe Spurs are better".

Maybe last year's "It's time" slogan was a bit premature. It would of been right, but people did not believe it and probably considered it business propaghanda. The year before had a little bit less confidence and asked fans to "Live it". I liked this, and adhered to it, but it wasn't for the city. It was nothing measurable and I have a feeling if it were, it would be a huge failure.

This year slogan paints a beautiful picture, different but just as rewarding as those championship years. The Toyota Center packed seat to seat in a sea of Red, rowdy fans booing and yelling at the top of thier lungs, and a sense that everyone knows whats going on. In fact, maybe we can use the early timeouts to rest our legs or get food? Imagine a 4rth quarter with MORE people than the 3rd quarter. Imagine a tip off as loud as a fourth quarter buzzer beater. I love this year's slogan.

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Earnie Banks said...

Tip of the Iceburg! haha That should be the NBA's campaign slogan for this year.