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The Mentor

Drew Sharp

Drew Sharp joined the Detroit Free Press in 1983 and served as the paper’s beat writer during the Pistons’ first two NBA championship seasons in 1989 and 1990. He also covered Michigan State University sports for eight years before becoming a columnist in 1999. Sharp is the only columnist in Detroit to have grown up in the city, giving him a unique first-person point of reference to the significant sports and political events in the city over the past five decades. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dave Bing : A Life of Challenge

Human Kinetics, 2013

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...Dave Bing loved and doted over his three girls: Cassaundra, Aleisha, and Bridgett. He wasn’t one of those fathers who disappointingly asked fate for a son who never came, and subsequently, used his daughters to fill a male vacuum. He...

The Other Eye

Drew Sharp

Drew Sharp joined the Detroit Free Press in 1983 and served as the paper’s beat writer during the Pistons’ first two NBA championship seasons in 1989 and 1990. He also covered Michigan State University sports for eight years before becoming a columnist in 1999. Sharp is the only columnist in Detroit to have grown up in the city, giving him a unique first-person point of reference to the significant sports and political events in the city over the past five decades. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dave Bing : A Life of Challenge

Human Kinetics, 2013

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... in the second half, but Bing wanted to play his normal minutes.Bing had a set routine. He understood the importance of rookie acclimation, but he also believed that it was critically important for him to further hone his already razor-sharp skill...

The Anomaly

Drew Sharp

Drew Sharp joined the Detroit Free Press in 1983 and served as the paper’s beat writer during the Pistons’ first two NBA championship seasons in 1989 and 1990. He also covered Michigan State University sports for eight years before becoming a columnist in 1999. Sharp is the only columnist in Detroit to have grown up in the city, giving him a unique first-person point of reference to the significant sports and political events in the city over the past five decades. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dave Bing : A Life of Challenge

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...The man didn’t mince his words. “He’s so far fucking overmatched in this job that it’s not even funny,” said the high ranking Detroit government official. “Tell me what he’s done in 2.5 years? Tell me. You can’t think of anything, can you...

The Political Path

Drew Sharp

Drew Sharp joined the Detroit Free Press in 1983 and served as the paper’s beat writer during the Pistons’ first two NBA championship seasons in 1989 and 1990. He also covered Michigan State University sports for eight years before becoming a columnist in 1999. Sharp is the only columnist in Detroit to have grown up in the city, giving him a unique first-person point of reference to the significant sports and political events in the city over the past five decades. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dave Bing : A Life of Challenge

Human Kinetics, 2013

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...Mayor Coleman Young and a couple key staffers flew with Tigers’ owner Tom Monaghan on his private jet back from baseball spring training in 1985 (the Tigers held spring training in Lakeland, Florida). The Tigers had won the World Series...

The (Almost) Deal

Drew Sharp

Drew Sharp joined the Detroit Free Press in 1983 and served as the paper’s beat writer during the Pistons’ first two NBA championship seasons in 1989 and 1990. He also covered Michigan State University sports for eight years before becoming a columnist in 1999. Sharp is the only columnist in Detroit to have grown up in the city, giving him a unique first-person point of reference to the significant sports and political events in the city over the past five decades. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dave Bing : A Life of Challenge

Human Kinetics, 2013

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...Detroit came very close to securing a second NBA franchise in the summer of 1986.How close?The purchasing agreement was signed that would’ve moved the Milwaukee Bucks into Joe Louis Arena with Dave Bing as majority owner. NBA commissioner...

The Coin Flip

Drew Sharp

Drew Sharp joined the Detroit Free Press in 1983 and served as the paper’s beat writer during the Pistons’ first two NBA championship seasons in 1989 and 1990. He also covered Michigan State University sports for eight years before becoming a columnist in 1999. Sharp is the only columnist in Detroit to have grown up in the city, giving him a unique first-person point of reference to the significant sports and political events in the city over the past five decades. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dave Bing : A Life of Challenge

Human Kinetics, 2013

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... in postscript—what occurred after he moved his franchise from little Fort Wayne. In a small league that only drew regional interest, Zollner had been the quintessential big fish in a little pond.But the NBA had outgrown its other small-town...

The Start in DC

Drew Sharp

Drew Sharp joined the Detroit Free Press in 1983 and served as the paper’s beat writer during the Pistons’ first two NBA championship seasons in 1989 and 1990. He also covered Michigan State University sports for eight years before becoming a columnist in 1999. Sharp is the only columnist in Detroit to have grown up in the city, giving him a unique first-person point of reference to the significant sports and political events in the city over the past five decades. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dave Bing : A Life of Challenge

Human Kinetics, 2013

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... for basketball grew, so too did his desire to showcase his burgeoning athletic skills on the hard-scrabbled courts at Watts Branch, a neighborhood park. This park drew some of the city’s top basketball players. The problem for Bing...

The Mayor’s Mess

Drew Sharp

Drew Sharp joined the Detroit Free Press in 1983 and served as the paper’s beat writer during the Pistons’ first two NBA championship seasons in 1989 and 1990. He also covered Michigan State University sports for eight years before becoming a columnist in 1999. Sharp is the only columnist in Detroit to have grown up in the city, giving him a unique first-person point of reference to the significant sports and political events in the city over the past five decades. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dave Bing : A Life of Challenge

Human Kinetics, 2013

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...Bing inherited a disaster when he assumed his mayoral responsibilities. Fiscally, institutionally, ethically, and politically, Detroit was bankrupt. There were multiple layers to the city’s flaws.Bing’s attraction to the proverbial lost...

The College Choice

Drew Sharp

Drew Sharp joined the Detroit Free Press in 1983 and served as the paper’s beat writer during the Pistons’ first two NBA championship seasons in 1989 and 1990. He also covered Michigan State University sports for eight years before becoming a columnist in 1999. Sharp is the only columnist in Detroit to have grown up in the city, giving him a unique first-person point of reference to the significant sports and political events in the city over the past five decades. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dave Bing : A Life of Challenge

Human Kinetics, 2013

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...Syracuse has discussed honoring its first accomplished basketball star in marble. The plan presented by prominent alumni involves raising enough in contributions to commission the erection of a statue of Dave Bing at the front doorstep...

The Draft

Drew Sharp

Drew Sharp joined the Detroit Free Press in 1983 and served as the paper’s beat writer during the Pistons’ first two NBA championship seasons in 1989 and 1990. He also covered Michigan State University sports for eight years before becoming a columnist in 1999. Sharp is the only columnist in Detroit to have grown up in the city, giving him a unique first-person point of reference to the significant sports and political events in the city over the past five decades. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Dave Bing : A Life of Challenge

Human Kinetics, 2013

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...Dave Bing awakened on the morning of May 11, 1966, cognizant of the tremendous opportunity awaiting him. The NBA draft was later that day. Whether he went 1st overall or even fell as far as 10th, he was hours away from realizing a dream...