There’s always excitement about walking into any of the NBA’s many great arenas where there’s a history, especially if a big part of that history involves the Pistons. We don’t ever go to the Staples Center without stirring some great memories of the 2004 NBA Finals, for one shining example.

But there’s also great anticipation for me, anyway, in going to Brooklyn for the first time to play the Nets since they’ve moved from New Jersey and to see what the atmosphere will be like in their new arena, Barclays Centers.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons announced today that they will name the press room at The Palace of Auburn Hills “The Matt Dobek Press Room” in tribute to the long-time public relations vice president during a special pregame dedication at 5:30 p.m. on January 20, 2013 when the Pistons host the Boston Celtics.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The Detroit Pistons announced today that they have assigned rookies Khris Middleton and Kim English to their NBA Development League affiliate, the Fort Wayne Mad Ants.

Middleton was drafted 39th overall in the 2012 NBA Draft by the Pistons. The Texas A&M product has appeared in three games this season averaging 1.3 points, 0.7 assists and 0.7 steals. He scored a season-high four points and recorded two steals at Houston (11/10).

If an NBA player’s rookie season is the equivalent of a college graduate’s first-year pursuit of an advanced degree, then Kim English and Khris Middleton have wrapped up the first semester in the classroom and now are headed to the lab.

English and Middleton, second-round picks of the Pistons last June who’ve played sparingly over the season’s first 24 games, will head to Fort Wayne, Ind., for a planned three-game stint with the Pistons’ NBA D-League affiliate, the Mad Ants.