LONDON – The court will be 94 feet long when the Pistons and Knicks tip off Thursday’s NBA game at London’s O2 Arena. The game will last 48 minutes and the shot clock will still start at 24.
Until tipoff, though, not much is business as usual.
Take Wednesday’s post-practice media session, where somewhere between a flock and a horde of European journalists of all types, sporting every hybrid microphone/camera/video recorder ever manufactured asked questions that raised the eyebrows of players who get asked questions as part of their daily routine.
One day in London and I have a solid idea why the rest of the world is lapping the United States in educational achievement testing – there’s nothing to watch on TV here. Nothing!
LONDON – It wasn’t necessarily by design, but the 75-minute ride from Heathrow Airport to the Pistons team hotel eliminated the need to try to squeeze in a double-decker bus sightseeing tour of London for many in the team’s traveling party.
Maybe not for Greg Monroe, who established his bona fides as a world-class sleeper on both the charter flight over the Atlantic and the bus ride through the heart of London.
Now I know why Paul McCartney wrote a song called “The Long and Winding Road.” It’s because that’s the only kind they have in London. Nothing wrong with England that a good freeway wouldn’t fix. The Pistons are here, but the bus ride from the airport to the hotel seemed to take as long as the flight across the Atlantic.