PHILADELPHIA – During Saturday’s Alabama-Texas A&M game, as the Aggies built a stunning early lead, CBS analyst Gary Danielson told a national audience that when the Crimson Tide were rolling, that’s when celebrated coach Nick Saban was likelier to get after them. When things were playing out against them, that’s when he turned to cheerleader.

Football isn’t basketball and college kids aren’t paid professionals, but the message resonates with Lawrence Frank as the Pistons are mired in a 0-8 start heading into tonight’s game at Philadelphia.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The 2013 NBA All-Star Ballot, featuring Detroit Pistons players Greg Monroe, Rodney Stuckey, Brandon Knight and Tayshaun Prince, was unveiled today during a special tip-off event held by the NBA and Sprint in Houston, the Official Host City of NBA All-Star 2013. NBA All-Star Balloting presented by Sprint will begin today at 3:30 p.m. ET.

They say the NBA schedule evens out in the end, and to the extent that everyone plays 82 games – half at home, half on the road – in the same amount of days, give or take one or two over a 5½-month span, they’re right.

But not really. The Orlando Magic, for example, will play a league-low 13 back-to-back sets of games this season, while in their own division Atlanta and Charlotte will play 22 such sets. The Pistons, as they usually do, come in toward the higher end with 19 back-to-back sets.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons and Forgotten Harvest are hosting their annual Thanksgiving dinner for hundreds of families Nov. 15, from 5:30-7 p.m., at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Pistons players, coaches and Palace Sports & Entertainment staff will host the dinner that will include performances from Pistons Entertainment and an appearance from Pistons’ mascot Hooper.