Pistons Mailbag - Monday, March 7, 2011 - Page 3

Pistons.com editor Keith Langlois answers your questions about the Pistons and NBA. Click here to submit your questions - please include your name, email address and city/state on the form. Return to the Mailbag homepage.

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Matt (Brownstown, Mich.): Why isn’t the team wearing the alternative red jerseys this year? Is there any specific reason?

Langlois: I’ll refer you to Mailbag FAQ for that one, Matt.

David (Sterling Heights, Mich.): It might be a little early, but what do you think of Mouuphtaou Yarou of Villanova as a second-round pick? The guy is a big bruiser who will defend the paint, post up and rebound. Sounds like something we’ve sorely missed the last few years?

Langlois: Lots of doubt on whether he’ll be in the draft or not, David. Opinion on him is all over the map. He didn’t play a ton as a freshman. Opening some eyes as a sophomore, though not putting up big numbers yet. Everybody agrees he has the type of athleticism and motor that could add up to a major defensive presence. For that reason, it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he went in the bottom of the first round. If he slides into the early second round, he’s certainly someone who will at least be on the long list of considerations.

Andrzej (Gdansk, Poland): A few days ago I read in a Polish magazine that the original Bad Boys’ chances for a three-peat were taken away by referee Hugh Evans. Could you please clarify what was meant?

Langlois: In Game 6 of the NBA Finals, with the Pistons winning by a point in the final seconds and ahead 3-2 in the series, Hugh Evans whistled a foul on Bill Laimbeer that put Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the free-throw line, where he made both shots to win the game. The call was roundly criticized by neutral parties – and even rational Lakers fans. There was no foul on the play. Pistons owner Bill Davidson had been summoned to the locker room to be interviewed amid the postgame celebration. He was standing there with David Stern when the call was made. He took that call to his grave and never forget Evans. Isiah Thomas had twisted his ankle earlier in that game and, though he played in Game 7 despite severe swelling, was not anywhere near his usual self. The Lakers held on to win Game 7 and prevent the Pistons from winning their first NBA title until the following June, when they swept the Lakers. They won it all again in 1990.

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