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Apparently Kirk Hinrich pulled out of the running to make the USA basketball team due to personal reasons.  If you really think that it was due to “personal reasons” you better think twice.  If you look at who Kirk was competing against, the only personal reasons I would having to withdraw would be a lack of confidence.  Do you think this guy has ever been cut from a team before?  Of course not!  He’s an amazing point guard, but he’s sure not as valuable on a team that offers the likes of Chauncey Billups and Jason Kidd.  In fact, I would even rather Deron Williams than Hinrich any day.  So instead of killing his own confidence and self-esteem, why not pull out…for personal reasons.   

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Yes, the agents. I’m not talking like they just won a playoff series. I’m talking like these agents are the Superbowl MVPs. These brilliant men have hooked themselves up with some of the finest athletes in the world. For that connection, they get rewarded on a scale us dreamers could only wish we were on. For that, the true Kudos goes out to Andy Miller, Tony Dutt, and Rob Pelinka. Who are these fine gentlemen you might be asking? In the business, they are known as ( in order): Chauncey Billups’ agent, Rashard Lewis’ agent and Gerald Wallace’s agent. When General Managers of teams are crying when their big stars’ contracts are up, these agents are licking their chops, planning out a way to get their client, as well as themselves, the top dollar. After all this agent talk, how can you not bring up Jeremy Piven, aka Ari Gold from the HBO show Entourage. Piven seems so comfortable in that role of a celebrity agent, it gets you wondering how effective he would be in real life? If I was a young player like Greg Oden, I would much rather have Piven on my side rather than ex-teamate Mike Conley Jr.’s dad repping me. This just proves Oden’s lack of maturity. If he was smart, true agents are the ones to represent you, not a friend’s dad. Although Oden gives “trust” as the main reason why, this is kind of a stupid move. I’m sure all the other basketball agents are laughing at Oden’s agent, knowing they could have got the number one overall pick more money and better endorsements.

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Wouldn’t you rather have this guy trying to make you top dollar?

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The day has finally come. After weeks of hype, the boys can finally sign on the dotted line. Probably the top free-agent of this off-season was Chauncey Billups. After flirting with the idea of leaving the red, white and blue, he couldn’t resist yet another title run, alongside backcourt mate Rip Hamilton. These two guys seem like they’ll never part each other. Why would they? Arguably, they are the best backcourt in basketball today. They have my vote forsure. The surprise of the off-season ( thus far) was Rashard Lewis. Did anyone see him going to Orlando before all the rumours swarmed? It will be interesting to see Rashard and Dwight Howard trying to make the Magic a contender in the weak east. I personally don’t see them improving in the standing from last season. I can’t see them beating Washington, let alone the Bulls, Pistons, Cavs, etc. They need another piece to the puzzle. Hopefully, Magic management plan are pursuing some more pieces. As Lewis enters the Magic, Grant Hill decides to leave. The most sought after starter-to-bench-player decided he would be best fit in with the Phoenix Suns. Whether he’ll last the whole season seems to be the biggest mystery. Will GH survive the intensity of the Suns’ run-and-gun offense? For the price they paid, who cares? He was a steal. Even though these guys are signed, sealed and delivered, there is still another 3 months for some serious trades to go down. KG or Kobe? I can’t wait to find out.

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Chauncey Billups might have not won the NBA championship or MVP trophies this year, but he sure did hit the jackpot!  ESPN has reported that Mr. Billups has unofficially officially agreed to sign a five year contract, worth an estimated $60.5 million.  That should be enough to keep Chauncey all smiles for at least another five years.  He became the outright leader and captain of the Pistons when Ben Wallace left for Chicago.  He now provides the Pistons with an all-star point guard that will be a key factor in hauling in some more talent, most likely for the bench.  Since Grant Hill is out of the running, another great option (although at a different position) is Brevin Knight.  He was able to pull off 9 points and 6.6 assists, while suffering part of the season on the sidelines with injuries.  He would be an amazing point guard to backup Chauncey off the bench.  Flip Saunders (I still have no idea why the Pistons didn’t fire this guy) would have no trouble or lack of confidence bringing Knight into the game, when the team needs a little mix up.  Whether Knight is willing to come off the bench is unknown, but if he’s thinking about winning a championship, he is not the guy to lead a team at the one guard.  Regardless of who the Pistons might get, all Pistons fans can celebrate with a sigh of relief, knowing that Chau- Chau- Chaunceyyyyyy B-B-B-B-B-Billllllllupppppppps will be back in the lineup for another adventurous season of trying to make it happen for the bad boys in the red, white and blue.

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Should the Pistons put some effort into getting Brevin Knight?