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Page 10 - The Michigan Daily - Thursday, February 23, 1989
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BY JAY MOSES
Nothing is more unsightly for the
management of a professional sports
team than not having a nose.
The Detroit Pistons must deal
with just that scenario. They cut
theirs off to spite their face when
they traded Adrian Dantley to Dallas
for Mark Aguirre.
They traded him only because
they were sick of dealing with him,
and in the process, they seriously
damaged their own title hopes as
well as the personal life of a
dedicated professional.
Granted, Aguirre is four years
younger than Dantley. But Dantley
keeps himself in incredible physical
condition, and his career will likely
last much longer than Aguirre's.
Granted, Dantley is not a media
darling, nor is he a particularly easy
person to deal with. Well, Aguirre is
well-known as one of the premier
crybabies in the league. Even his

teammates were happy to see him
go.
In Dallas, the rap on Aguirre was
that he was a ball-hog and that he did
not consistently give his best effort.
In Detroit, Aguirre will be ex-
pected to take an even less prom-
inent role, and to play with even
more intensity, every night.
Call me crazy, but I sense a
discrepancy here.
Not only that, but the Pistons
gave up their first-round choice in
the 1991 draft. That's exactly when
they are going to need an influx of
new talent, and they will be without
a first-round selection.
If the Pistons are ever going to
win an NBA Championship, this is
the year. The last thing they need at
this point in the season is to have to
work a new, difficult personality
into their delicate chemistry.
It's a good thing they did cut of
their nose. This trade stinks.

BY ADAM BENSON
When Isiah Thomas came to
Detroit back in 1981, he drew raves
as the man who would save
professional basketball in this city.
Today, Isiah has done more than
that. He is one of the top sports
figures to come through this state.
He is a king, with his own Palace.
Last week, the king surveyed his
Palace and he was not pleased.
He saw a team outplayed by both
the Cleveland Cavaliers and the New
York Knicks in the Eastern Confer-
ence title chase.
He sought help from his brain
trust, Dukes Chuck Daly and Jack
McCloskey, but they appeared clue-
less. He looked to his court jesters,
John Salley and Bill Laimbeer, and
they didn't look so funny. Especially
when the king saw their offensive
totals: both players have experienced
serious drop-offs this year.
And Isiah saw rivals from both

sides making moves at his throne.
Forward Adrian Dantley and guard
Joe Dumars both have put forth
solid seasons. Both have missed
playing time this year because of
injuries, but each player surged to
the basket, and on to the front page,
more often than their formerly
fearless leader.
Was there a conspiracy here?
After all, the dastardly duo of Dant-
ley and Dumars are good friends.
This thought made the king
unhappy, and Chuck and Jack don't
like to see the king unhappy.
So they made a sacrifice, damning
Dantley down Dallas-way. And they
gave the king his friend, Mark Ag-
uirre. Forget the talk about youth,
this was a deal to appease egos. If
the Pistons plan to win, they need a
happy king.
Lets hope, now that the king has
his horses, that he can put his team
back together again.

Michigan left-wing Don Stone, here chiding
"dogged" many an opponent this season.
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Last season, Michigan play-by-play man Ken Kal branded left winger
Don Stone with an identity he'll live with for the rest of his hockey career.
Kal referred to Stone, then a first-year player, as "hound dog" because of
Stone's "nose for the net."
Kal's nickname relieved Stone of the less creative monikers "Stoner" and
"Stoney," and provided the groundwork.for a whole slew of new names:
"hound dog," "blood hound," "pooch," and more commonly, just "dog."
So which is the real nickname?
"In practice he's "hound dog," when he scores he's "pooch," and on the
bus he's "dog," center Mike Moes said.
KNOWN FOR his quick wit, hidden behind a quiet demeanor, Stone',
"nose for the net" has helped him assert himself as one of the most potent
scorers on the Michigan team.
In the 1987-88 season, Stone scored 18 goals and chipped in 21 assists.
This season,.he is second on the team with 22 goals, and his 38 points put
him third on the team.
"He's got a knack for scoring goals and he's always in the right place at
the right time," said Moes, who has played on Stone's line for much of the
past two years. "He's just smart."
Wolverine Captain Myles O'Connor agreed: "He doesn't look that
spectacular, but at the end of the game you look at the scoresheet and he'
got two goals and an assist or two assists and a goal."
His alert play on the ice does not necessarily carry over into the dressing
room, though.
"It seems like he's sleeping in the locker room sometimes, the way he
kind of slouches back in his chair," O'Connor added. "You don't know if the
kid's ready to play, but he just lets his play on the ice do his talking."
HE DOESN'T talk much, but the players who know him will tell you
that he makes his words count.
"He's usually quiet around here," said sophomore winger Kent Brothers,
Stone's roommate. "But at home he's quick with the tongue. He doesn't
really go out and cut people down, but if you say something about him
he'll rip you to shreds - he's hard to shoot down."
Added Moes: "Oh, yeah, when he first got here I thought he was kind of
reserved. But he's always quick with the comeback. When were were losing
4-1 to North Dakota one of their players said something to him and Stoney
just lashed back at him. The camera man between the benches heard him and
just lost it...
"That's just how I am, how I grew up," said Stone of his sarcastic
nature.
And of his assorted nicknames?
"SOME OF the guys think its fitting for me, I guess," he said as goalie
Warren Sharples performed his best dog howl.
A twelfth-round draft choice of the Detroit Red Wings after last season,
Stone's teammates kid him about his future with the Wings.
"He likes to think he was in that (rumored) trade for (Edmonton Oiler)
Jimmy Carson straight up," junior Todd Copeland said. "He likes to think
he's that valuable."
Stone is less brash when he assesses himself to the press, but he says
that he'd like to take a shot at the National Hockey League after his days at
Michigan are over:
"I think everybody in this room has dreamed about a career in pro
hockey. I'd love to have a chance to play for the Wings at least once at Joe
Luis Arena."

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