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Pistons start tallest back court in 24 years

Mar 18, 2011, 10:30 PM EDT

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Detroit coach John Kuester’s random lottery starting lineups got interesting Friday night.

They didn’t have Richard Hamilton to choose from as he left to be with his family after the passing of his grandmother.

So the starting backcourt was 6’8” Tracy McGrady at the point and 6’11” Austin Daye at the two. That’s the tallest backcourt starters since 1986-87, the Associated Press credits STATS, LLC, for researching.

Frankly the shortest starter may have been Ben Wallace (even though he is listed as an inch taller than McGrady). Tayshaun Prince and rookie Greg Monroe rounded out the starting five.

It worked. McGrady and Daye were each a +6 on the night and the Pistons knocked off the Knicks, 99-95. Although really that was less about the tall starters and more about the 54 points the Pistons got from their bench players.

  1. midnite2020 - Mar 19, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    the knicks should be ashamed and embarrassed that they have been losing to the lower caliber of the nba pacers,pistons,really?

  2. dysraw1 - Mar 19, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    once again dick dantone not prepare sure the player hoisted a few bad shots in the end. but preparation is knowing who to attack, who not to allow to cause problems on the floor, and who should be checking who this is maybe the 11th or 12th game this year that i hold coaching responsible

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