Pistons rookie Vernon Macklin, a second-round pick in last year's draft, earned rave reviews for his D-League stint, Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News writes. He averaged 14.3 PPG and 14.5 RPG in 10 games for the Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Macklin is a restricted free agent, but looks forward to working with Pistons strength and conditioning coach Arnie Kander this summer, notes Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press.
- HoopsWorld.com's Joel Brigham writes about how the Pacers firm stance to be patient in their rebuilding process has paid off. Instead of dealing franchise player Danny Granger when the public assumed they'd do just that, the team has decided to wait out the development of their last few draft picks. Their restraint appears to be working.
- Cavaliers forward Antawn Jamison may not be in the team's future plans, but his recent strong play and consistent professionalim deserves some recognition, writes The Plain Dealer's Tom Reed.