Ernest Hemingway used to call the people who loved bullfighting “aficionados.” I think the people who loved the NBA back when I started doing games in the ’70s were aficionados. They were great, knowledgeable fans – there just weren’t a lot of them.

Joe Dumars has been to London before, more than once. He appreciates that many in the Pistons’ traveling party have been a little wide-eyed at seeing in person such iconic places as Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London they’ve seen all their lives through pictures or video. But he hasn’t done much of the typical tourism thing since the Pistons touched down Tuesday morning.

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Remember the helicopter that crashed into the crane along the Thames that I wrote about yesterday? Yeah, well, it turns out that the two guys who operate the crane are lucky survivors because, miraculously, they both overslept and weren’t in the crane’s cabin at 8 a.m. – an hour after their scheduled start time – when the copter rammed it during a “freezing fog.”

LONDON (AP) If MSG chairman James Dolan is listening to what Carmelo Anthony has to say in London, he'll probably be happy to hear it.

Two days after the Newark Star-Ledger reported that Dolan had put listening devices on the court to monitor everything said to and by Anthony, the New York Knicks forward spoke about the hubbub.

"I got an owner that looks out (for me)," Anthony said before practice Wednesday at London's O2 Arena. "You can't beat that."

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