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...failing to live up to expectations: Tayshaun Prince

Tayshaun Prince, SF, Detroit Pistons Prince still has those long arms on defense and the ability to give you a little bit of everything on offense, but he’s contributing just a little bit less of everything for a confused Detroit team. His shooting is cold (41.6 percent after consistently hitting around 46 percent to 48 percent for his career), but the non-scoring numbers that get at the 31-year-old’s activity level are more worrisome — and perhaps indicate age is finally catching up to him. Prince’s assists, rebounds and free throws are all way down, and he just hasn’t been as dynamic a presence on defense this season. Some of this is due to the context in Detroit, where rookie guard Brandon Knight has added yet another ball-handler with whom everyone must share, Greg Monroe is snagging boards and assists all over the place and the team is struggling badly in general. Prince is on a reasonable contract (four years, $28 million), and he provides a veteran presence. But he’s also standing in the way of some young guys, especially Austin Daye, and he’d be more valuable in a limited role on a good team. http://nba-point-forward.si.com/2012/01/20/some-failing-to-live-up-to-expectations/

Mike Pyle vs. Rory MacDonald Slated for UFC 133 in Philadelphia

It's veteran vs. prospect in Philly this August when Mike Pyle meets Rory MacDonald. The UFC announced the welterweight bout earlier today for the UFC 133 card on August 6th.

He is what we need. A veteran who knows how to play the game, a guy who can play multiple...

He is what we need. A veteran who knows how to play the game, a guy who can play multiple positions, knock down big shots, defensively sound. That's a luxury we had last year, that's a luxury we don't have this year.

Antawn Jamison, using his latent GM skills to talk about ex-teammate Roger Mason, Jr.. (Me: If RMJ was such a big factor, why let him go without a fight? It wouldn't be the first time a player suck up for a teammate.)
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