NEW YORK and LONDON, Oct. 4, 2012 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) will return to London with its third regular-season game in Europe featuring the three-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons and the two-time champion New York Knicks, the league announced today.

NBA London Live 2013 will take place on Jan. 17, 2013 at The O2 which will host its seventh NBA game, including four preseason games, since 2007. Tickets will go on sale on Oct. 30 at www.theo2.co.uk.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons announced today that individual tickets for the first half of the regular season (October 31 through January 29) will go on sale to the general public on Saturday, October 6 at 10:00 a.m. at The Palace Box Office (248-377-0100), online at www.pistons.com and at all TicketMaster Outlets or by calling 800-745-3000. Tickets will be available in all seating categories and can also be purchased at the Oakland University Arena Box Office from 12-1 p.m. during the annual Pistons Open Practice.

Now that Rasheed Wallace is back in the NBA, if you roll down your window chances are you can hear his piercing voice bellowing instructions to New York Knicks perimeter defenders from his perch in the paint.

Everything about Rasheed was loud, which at times made him a lightning rod of controversy but always elevated him to esteem within his own locker room. Players loved playing with Rasheed, for his willingness to be the target of opposition fan abuse to the way he covered for their defensive gaffes.

When the Pistons swapped Ben Gordon for Corey Maggette, they knew they were getting a guy who has spent as much time at the foul line as anybody in the NBA over the last dozen years. They also knew they were getting an expiring contract, one that gives them the potential to be as much as $25 million under the salary cap next off-season.

What they might not have been quite as certain about was Maggette’s fit in the locker room.

Andre Drummond loved his first NBA practice and can’t wait for more. But the guy with hundreds of them under his belt might be the better source for putting it into perspective. And Tayshaun Prince was pretty upbeat about day one of Lawrence Frank’s second season as Pistons coach, too.

The pushup challenge Arnie Kander gave to Austin Daye? No sweat. But while Daye was bulking up this summer – he hit his target weight of 218, about 20 pounds more than he was when he returned from Russia after the lockout’s resolution in December – Kander was devising ever more devious ways to torment the troops.

“I hate it,” Daye said of the new contraption the Pistons’ strength coach designed over the summer. “I really hate it. It’s 10 times worse than pushups. I hate it.”

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