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NBA Jam is Coming Back!

NBA Jam Many of you may not get as excited about this as me, but NBA Jam is making a comeback on Nintendo Wii. NBA Jam is one of the all-time classics for video games.

For those who don’t remember the game or have never heard of it, NBA Jam is a two-on-two basketball game that was first released as an arcade game in 1993 and then, soon after, became a video game. According to Jon Robinson from the ESPN Video Games site, “the game shattered all coin-op records, and still holds the mark for the most money earned at a single location in one week.” Not surprisingly EA Sports, who is working on recreating the game, has brought in NBA Jam’s original creator, Mark Turmell, along with others who were involved with its original release.  Here’s hoping they also bring back the voice of the original game, Tim Kitzrow, who was famous on the game for his phrase “Boomshackalacka!”

EA Sports plans to officially announce the game later this month. It will be sold exclusively for the Wii. I can’t wait to find out the release date!

Photo Credit: Ugo

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Quicken Loans corporate culture featured in NY Times article

Check this out. An article in NY Time about the Cleveland Cavaliers and Quicken Loans and our unique cultures – centered around what we call the ISMS.

Here is the intro to the article. It's true, by the way:

Every employee who works for Dan Gilbert is required to learn his “isms,” a collection of colorful aphorisms that guide his entrepreneurial philosophy.

The rule applies to bankers and receptionists alike at Quicken Loans, the mortgage company Gilbert founded.

It also applies to LeBron James.

Read the full article – http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/01/sports/basketball/01gilbert.html?_r=2&ref=sports

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Chuck “Daddy Rich” Daly – the leader of the Detroit Bad Boys

Chuck Daddy Rich Daly will be missedChuck Daly, the greatest coach in Detroit Pistons' history, died over the weekend after a long battle short agressive battle with cancer. He created the infamous Detroit Bad Boys style of basketball – which to some extent still continues today, almost two decades after he ended a 7-year career as the Pistons' head coach.

What a career it was. He took his teams to the NBA finals three times and won them twice. The second time, they called it a "Daly Double." I liked that. The Daly Double.

Daly was the man, always dressed to impress. His expensive suits and sophisticated demeanor earned him the name Daddy Rich.

He once said one of the most memorable things I've ever head an NBA coach say – "coaching an NBA team is like dealing with 12 CEOs." He was a master of motivation and strategy. His were teams where there was no one superstar. It was common ind Daly's Pistons days for six guys to score 15 points each. 

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ESPN features Fathead

ESPN features FatheadEverybody's favorite life-size wall graphic company (that would be Fathead, silly)  has just been featured in a really cool article in the ESPN the Magazine.

Full disclosure here – Fathead is a sister company of Quicken Loans, but that doesn't mean I wouldn't write about them even if they weren't.

The thing is, Fatheads are cool. And we like cool stuff.

And the ESPN article has already spun off a follow-up article about NBA and MLB superstars that are denied Fathead status – guys like Shaq. Shaq is not a Fathead. Woah.

Anyway, enjoy the short reads and go get yourself a Fathead to put on your mancave (or your man's mancave) wall. Or wherever you want. Put that Fathead up and be proud.

You've earned it!

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Culture still matters

Quicken Loans Guest Blogger Paul Pickett writes about the Detroit Pistons and Michael CurryBy Paul J. Pickett

Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons Team President, just hired a new coach. Michael Curry. Some basketball pundits say the move was unconventional. He only has one year of coaching experience, they say (last year as an assistant coach with the Pistons). Not just one year of experience coaching professionally, but one year of total coaching experience, at any level.

And I suppose if I stopped here, it would make sense to call this an unconventional hire. But there’s a lot more to Curry than that. For those of you that don’t know much about him, here’s a few bullet points from his resume:

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We agree with Detroit Pistons’ Joe Dumars – Culture Matters

By Paul J. Pickett

I was reminded of why culture matters the other night as I watched a very brief interview with Hall of Fame Detroit Pistons player-turned-President of Basketball Operations, Joe Dumars. He said

“You have to fight complacency anywhere you see it within your organization. You have to fight it anywhere you see it. So everyday I come in here, it’s about maintaining success and keeping your foot on the gas. And….we have to make sure we maintain our culture.”

I really like this quote, but I gotta tell you, being a Pistons fan has been strangely frustrating for the last five years. I say strangely frustrating because despite making it to the NBA’s version of the Final Four for the last five seasons in a row, they’ve only won the NBA championship once, back in 2004. And it’s not just that they only won the championship once, it’s that they were so close to getting back to that point time-and-time again.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Moondog is in the house!

Adam Lewinski turns Moondog into a Lap dogYesterday, Moondog came to visit the Quicken Loans headquarters.  Moondog is the official mascot of the NBA Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers (sister company of Quicken Loans). 

Moondog brought the Eastern Conference championship trophy with him.  Pretty cool.

Adam (Tiny) Lewinski couldn’t help but pick up poor Moondog and give him a big hug. 

What does this have to do with "the DIFF concept?"

Well, I don’t know.  But think about it.  When is the last time the NBA Eastern Conference trophy, as well as an offical NBA team mascot came to your office?

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017