Three more thoughts on the Rudy Gay trade

With so many reaction pieces flying around about the Rudy Gay trade to the Raptors, it’s easy to think everything has been covered. But here are some thoughts, one for each team involved, that were left undiscussed.

1. The Pistons didn’t just dump salary, they got better

Detroit is just 17-29 and traded their last player synonymous with winning (Tayshaun Prince) in the deal so I get why it’s easy to write this team off. But despite that poor record, the sorry state of the Eastern Conference has the Pistons ‘only’ 5 ½ games behind the Rondo-less Celtics with just under half the season remaining.

With Calderon in the fold, I don’t think it’s all that insane to suggest this Pistons team — especially if aided by another move that breaks up the sieve-like frontcourt of Jason Maxiell and Greg Monroe — could make a run at a playoff spot. Though their new Spaniard’s defensive issues will be more apparent without active bigs like Amir Johnson and Ed Davis behind him, Calderon’s presence fixes a lot of issues dogging the team, most notably the uninspiring play of Rodney Stuckey.

All season long, the struggling guard has been like a square peg trying to be jammed in a round hole. To start the year, Stuckey was paired with with second-year guard Brandon Knight (another player who thrives off dribble penetration) and Prince (who posted up more than spotted up). Being forced to play off the ball with two non-shooting bigs in the frontcourt essentially sealed Stuckey’s fate before he played a minute.

Things got slightly better when he was moved to the bench with the exciting second unit I profiled on Grantland. There Stuckey was still playing second-fiddle to Will Bynum, but at the very least he had space to

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Zach Attacks: Multiplicity

From December 12th to opening night, I’ll be releasing a random essay on each team in the league. This post is about the Detroit Pistons. You can follow the series with the “2011-12 Team Previews” and “Zach Attacks” tags at the bottom of the page.

I don’t know that Multiplicity is the best Michael Keaton movie, but it’s probably the one I could re-watch the most out of any of them.

The Dream Team and Night Shift are definitely in the running. It’s hard to pass up a movie about a prostitution ring being held in a morgue or a movie about four mental patients who have to save their hospitalized doctor from being murdered because he’s a witness. Also, both of the Batman movies he did were pretty entertaining, especially when you factor in Jack Nicholson’s Jack Nicholson-ness in the first one and Christopher Walken being in the second movie. And of course, Beetlejuice still has plenty of laughs and entertainment nearly 25 years later.

However, Multiplicity is still the movie that gets me every time I watch it.

The premise is pretty basic. A husband and father of two children simply doesn’t have the time in his life to figure out a difficult and tedious work situation whilst juggling being attentive and helpful in his marriage and present to help raise his kids. He’s spread far too thin in his everyday life.

Naturally, he does what any contractor would do in his situation: he stumbles upon a medical clinic that specializes in human cloning. Now maybe you’re wondering where this world is that is capable of figuring out such a mind-blowing medical procedure. Maybe you’re trying to figure out how such an endeavor would be readily available with such a low cost and miniscule prep time. How can a man find the time to get cloned without anybody catching wind of this? The confidentiality agreement alone must take weeks to draw up and review with teams of attorneys.

Well, calm down because it’s just a movie.
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