Eastern Notes: Pistons, Bobcats, Antic, Raptors

As the second week of training camps nears an end, let’s check in on a few notes from around the Eastern Conference…

  • Pistons owner and Los Angeles native Tom Gores is planning on becoming more visible in Detroit this season, and told reporters, including Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, that he also plans on having weekly meetings with the team’s front office, coaching staff, and players.
  • In the wake of news that Brendan Haywood will be sidelined for three months with an ankle injury, the Bobcats aren’t looking at Jason Collins as a potential fill-in, tweets Marc Stein of ESPN.com. Stein’s ESPN colleague Kevin Arnovitz published a story today about what we’re learning from Collins’ free agency.
  • Pero Antic, who was signed by the Hawks this summer, tells Lang Greene of HoopsWorld that he didn’t head into the offseason intending to pursue an NBA job. However, when he got a call from Atlanta head coach Mike Budenholzer, he couldn’t turn down the opportunity.
  • While no NBA organization would admit to intentionally tanking, Raptors coach Dwane Casey was particularly adamant in his dismissal of the subject, as Ryan Wolstat of the Toronto Sun details. “Fans are going to talk about tanking, that’s their prerogative, I think it’s an interesting subject for them,” Casey said. “I’m not even thinking (about it though). That hasn’t even crossed my mind. That hasn’t been discussed in the organization and it won’t be discussed.”

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