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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: New Pistons Challeng

Postby Sasaki17 on Fri May 31, 2013 8:52 am

Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton.
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: New Pistons Challeng

Postby Martti. on Sat Jun 01, 2013 1:45 am

Gonna go with Sheed and Rip.
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: New Pistons Challeng

Postby Lamrock on Sat Jun 01, 2013 10:54 am

Chauncey and Rasheed would be my guess.
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: New Pistons Challeng

Postby Fresh8 on Mon Jun 03, 2013 9:01 pm

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Old Pistons Return To Detroit
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Joe Dumars opened the press conference by announcing that he wanted the Pistons to win their first NBA title since 2004. It was the only fitting statement for the occasion as 2004 Finals MVP Chauncey Billups and starting shooting guard Rip Hamilton were introduced to the media as returning players to the franchise.

“It’s an honour to be back,” Hamilton addressed the media.

Billups added, “I’m very confident in this team and the direction the franchise is going.”

Billups and Hamilton joined David West in the Pistons’ unveiling of their free agent haul. Former All-Star West indicated that he was also excited to be joining Detroit. West looked forward to the team’s potential and his role as the team’s sixth man. “I think that this team has a lot going for it,” he stated, “We have the size, depth and talent to compete for a high playoff spot,” West said.

Billups, the 2012-13 Sixth Man of the Year, averaged 11.4 PPG, 4.4 APG with the LA Clippers. He noted that he expects to come off the bench for the Pistons. “I’m here to make life easier for the second unit and also to mentor Brandon (Knight),” he said, “This is an honour to be invited back here.”

Dumars told everyone in attendance that both Billups and Hamilton left the Pistons on less than ideal terms. He was happy that they had let the past go and to agree to come back. He was hoping that the veterans would be able to help the team build a strong bond. “We are all about team work and having one strong, cohesive defensive unit,” Dumars stated.

Dumars’ ‘vision’ has been criticised by many sources throughout the league. One rival GM called him ridiculous to have used all of his cap space to sign Billups and Hamilton. Another source indicated that Dumars may have passed up an opportunity to sign Jeff Green in order to bring back the two old Pistons.
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby SuperHueyNewton on Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:26 am

Man I was completely wrong. Billups and Hamilton should still be good fits in their return
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Postby Lamrock on Tue Jun 04, 2013 1:47 am

Nice pick-ups. Loved that back-court tandem.
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Postby Solaris Phase Two on Tue Jun 04, 2013 2:19 am

I was right!
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby Fresh8 on Tue Jun 04, 2013 11:48 am

SuperHueyNewton wrote:Man I was completely wrong. Billups and Hamilton should still be good fits in their return


Billups about 11 PPG and 4 APG and Rip 13 PPG will be good additions to the team. At least it will create a better dynamic in the locker room with them and Prince still around! :)

Lamrock wrote:Nice pick-ups. Loved that back-court tandem.


Thanks man - I really like the signings too. It came down to them or Jeff Green. I know - who would have thought? I put myself in Joe Dumars' shoes and thought what would mean more to the franchise. Good thing is that next season, Richard Jeffersons fat ass contract comes off the books so essentially we got Billups, Hamilton, West this season and we can add another fringe star next offseason!

That's called vision :P

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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby hova- on Tue Jun 04, 2013 5:58 pm

A team of seniors and corpse on the court. I don't know. I love West, he is a good pick up and I think in the game you will get something out of Hamilton and Billups.

For Jefferson's 11M$ contract you might pick up another solid player - not a star imho. It shows the RL problems of getting a star into a small market. You will have to build your team like the Pacers, which can be successfull either.
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby mpac on Wed Jun 05, 2013 6:40 pm

when will the season start? :)
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby mp3 on Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:14 pm

Both Billups and Hamilton still have gas in the tank, they might not be 30 minutes a night guys but can still do some damage, nice pick ups!
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby Fresh8 on Thu Jun 06, 2013 9:35 am

hova- wrote:A team of seniors and corpse on the court. I don't know. I love West, he is a good pick up and I think in the game you will get something out of Hamilton and Billups.

For Jefferson's 11M$ contract you might pick up another solid player - not a star imho. It shows the RL problems of getting a star into a small market. You will have to build your team like the Pacers, which can be successfull either.


I love your analysis. This is exactly the reaction I like to get from readers.

I do note you are fair unlike some biased c*nt called Valor :P

mpac wrote:when will the season start? :)


Very soon. Played a preseason game already :)

mp3 wrote:Both Billups and Hamilton still have gas in the tank, they might not be 30 minutes a night guys but can still do some damage, nice pick ups!


Thanks man! I hope they can make a difference for me! :)
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby Axel. on Thu Jun 06, 2013 11:44 am

I like the acquisitions. Billups and Hamilton will provide instant offense (off the bench I'm guessing?).
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby Mark. on Fri Jun 07, 2013 12:29 pm

Ah I guessed correctly :)

Good pickups you are pretty deep now assuming no injuries (which with those old legs are bound to happen)

I like the West signing a lot too, bring toughness to your team, pretty sure he has the bruiser skill eh?
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby Fresh8 on Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:20 pm

Axel. wrote:I like the acquisitions. Billups and Hamilton will provide instant offense (off the bench I'm guessing?).


That 'off the bench' comment brings us to our next challenge....

Mark. wrote:Ah I guessed correctly :)

Good pickups you are pretty deep now assuming no injuries (which with those old legs are bound to happen)

I like the West signing a lot too, bring toughness to your team, pretty sure he has the bruiser skill eh?


Yes - West is going to be really good for us this season. :) I'm quite happy with the haul. Could have a tough season with injuries because of age and Oden. :)
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby Fresh8 on Fri Jun 07, 2013 9:20 pm

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NLSC PLAYERS

It’s your chance to participate in MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART as an NLSC Player!

I have a new rewards and points system for this story. You will be able to spend your points that you earn from tipping contests, competitions, and other methods.


REWARDS AND POINTS SYSTEM

    ENTER THE DRAFT

    Deadline to declare for upcoming NBA Draft: Conclusion of first round of NBA Playoffs

    Declare your intention to join an upcoming draft class: 1
    Enter NBA Draft as a projected undrafted prospect: 2
    Enter NBA Draft as a projected second round pick: 5
    Enter NBA Draft as a projected first round pick: 8

    PLAYER DEVELOPMENT

    To raise your player’s rating by 5 in a skill based attribute: 3
    To raise your player’s rating by 5 in a physical based attribute: 5

    PLAYER DEMANDS

    Complain about the coach: 1
    Complain about a teammate: 2
    Demand a trade: 3
    Demand a trade and provide a shortlist of destinations: 4
    Demand a trade and choose your next destination: 5


DECLARING FOR THE DRAFT

    WHEN?

    You may declare any time before the conclusion of the first round of the Playoffs. You may also withdraw any time before then as well.

    I will also allow you to report your intention to declare at any time. This means that I will start writing articles about your player.

    HOW?

    Post in this thread that you:

    - intend to declare, and/or
    - will declare

    Declaring your intention to join an upcoming Draft class will cost you 1 point.

    It will then cost you 2-8 points to enter the draft.

    If you withdraw your intention to declare for the Draft, you do not get your 1 point back.

    A CHANCE TO EARN POINTS

    Every article written by you and PM’ed to me that gets posted will earn points. Give your draftee a backstory and a chance to improve his stock as well.

    WHY DECLARE SOONER OR LATER

    If you declare sooner, it means your player will make it into the L earlier. However, you may not be as good as a prospect as if you wait and accumulate points. If you declare later, you can have control over whether your player is a first or second round prospect.

    Do not be disheartened about being drafted in the second round. The pros are that you can have some choice over your free agency destination/s after just one season! It also makes for a more interesting story.


:new: UPCOMING DRAFT CLASSE

These are the NLSCers who have declared for the upcoming drafts – I will have a limit of six (6) per Draft.

Next: 2014 Draft (CLOSED)

Mark
Valor
Mattan
Mpac
Khanwarrior
Hova

Next: 2015 Draft (OPEN)

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POINTS LEADERBOARD

These points have been calculated as at 7 June 2013:

mpac – 16.5
Mark – 16.5
Martti – 15
Valor – 13.5
dare – 13
newc – 10.5
Justine. – 10
Khanwarrior – 9.5
hova – 9.5
Axel. – 8.5
Mattan – 8
Durant35 – 8
mrmoves20 – 7.5
Sasaki17 – 6.5
Superhueynewton – 5
Andrew_wiggins – 4.5
Thierry – 4
Woogie98 – 4
Houndy – 3
Kurotsugi – 2.5
Flower Chick – 2
Dmastawwe – 3
Lamrock – 1.5


WHO GOT MORE POINTS? Well - check out the past challenge and how everyone fared!

PAST CHALLENGE

Points allocated for guessing the Pistons’ signings.

Thanks to everyone for participating!


NEW CHALLENGE

1. Guess the Starting Five for the opening game of the season for the Pistons from the following possible starters:

C Greg Oden
C Greg Monroe
PF David West
PF Jason Maxiell
PF Royce White
SF Vladimir Toroman
SF Tayshaun Prince
SG Rudy Fernandez
SG Rip Hamilton
SG Brandon Rush
PG Brandon Knight
PG Chauncey Billups
PG Vince Bellamy
PG Jay Connor

2. Guess how many wins the Pistons will have at the end of the season?

3. How far will the Pistons go in the playoffs (if they make it)?
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby Durant35 on Fri Jun 07, 2013 11:04 pm

PG - Brandon Knight
SG - Rip Hamilton
SF - Vladimir Toroman
PF - Jason Maxiell
C - Greg Monroe

41.

Will not qualify.
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Postby Martti. on Sat Jun 08, 2013 1:55 am

C - Oden
F - Monroe
F - Prince
G - Rudy
G - Knight

44, 1st round exit.
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Postby Sasaki17 on Sat Jun 08, 2013 4:16 am

1. PG - Brandon Knight, SG - Rip Hamilton, SF - Tayshaun Prince, PF - David West, C - Greg Monroe
2. 38
3. Will not qualify
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby mpac on Sat Jun 08, 2013 10:22 am

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C Greg Monroe
PF David West
SF Tayshaun Prince
PG Brandon Knight
PG Vince Bellamy

2. 38 wins
 
3. 1st round
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Postby dare on Sat Jun 08, 2013 12:01 pm

PG - Brandon Knight, SG - Rip Hamilton, SF - Tayshaun Prince, PF - David West, C - Greg Monroe

42

1st round
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Postby Valor on Sat Jun 08, 2013 7:17 pm

C Greg Oden
PF Jason Maxiell
SF Tayshaun Prince
SG Rip Hamilton
PG Chauncey Billups

2. 36 wins
3. Miss playoffs
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Postby SuperHueyNewton on Sun Jun 09, 2013 9:54 am

I'll declare for fifteen now :P
1=Greg Monroe
Jason Maxiell
Vladimir Toroman
Rip Hamilton
Brandon Knight


2= 41

3= Swept in first round (Eight Seed)
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART ::: News Article updated

Postby Fresh8 on Sun Jun 09, 2013 8:58 pm

I have so far played 2 preseason games. Recaps coming soon!
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Postby Khanwarrior on Mon Jun 10, 2013 2:07 am

1.Knight-Rudy-Tayshun-Monroe-Oden
2. 36
3. Sorry bro, you still lack that 'marquee' player that will bring you back to the playoffs. By the way your team looks like, your probably going to get him from FA since you have valuables assets not worth losing and a lot of cap space for next year.
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Postby Solaris Phase Two on Mon Jun 10, 2013 4:24 am

C Greg Oden
PF Greg Monroe
SF Tayshaun Prince
SG Rip Hamilton
PG Chauncey Billups


2.40

3 7th seed
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Postby Fresh8 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 11:49 am

I love that Toroman and Rudy getting some love in these predictions.
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Postby Phil89 on Tue Jun 11, 2013 2:21 pm

C Greg Monroe
PF David West
SF Tayshaun Prince
SG Rudy Fernandez
PG Brandon Knight

38 wins

8th seed in a poor eastern conference, steal 1 game from Miami (or whoever has first seed) before exiting in the first round
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Postby hova- on Thu Jun 13, 2013 7:54 pm

C Greg Oden
PF Greg Monroe
SF Tayshaun Prince
SG Rudy Fernandez
PG Brandon Knight

30 wins
Sry, no Playoffs :P
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Postby Ezio Auditore on Mon Jun 17, 2013 7:50 am

The 2015 draft would be really nice :D

PG - Brandon Knight
SG - Rip Hamilton
SF - Tayshaun Prince
PF - David West
C - Greg Monroe

37 wins. Lottery pick.
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Postby Lamrock on Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:48 am

Billups / Knight / Prince / West / Monroe
45-37, second round out.
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART :::

Postby Mark. on Mon Jun 17, 2013 11:59 am

NEW CHALLENGE

1. Guess the Starting Five for the opening game of the season for the Pistons from the following possible starters:

Knight/Fernandez/Prince/West/Monroe (I am assuming this is opening night, not first pre season game)

2. Guess how many wins the Pistons will have at the end of the season? 43

3. How far will the Pistons go in the playoffs (if they make it)? Second Round Out
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Re: ::: MOTOWN TALE: HUSTLE & HEART :::

Postby Fresh8 on Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:16 pm

Sorry for letting everyone down. Updates are not regular at all. I'm thinking of a way to keep this going because I really want to continue the story.

The only problem is that I am working 2 jobs at the moment as well as doing volunteer work. I have just been flat out with real life!
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Postby Fresh8 on Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:23 pm

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Updated: October 8, 2013
NBA 2013-14 Season Preview: Detroit Pistons
Woody Hannes provides in-depth previews for every team in the league in anticipation of this upcoming NBA season.
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The old group is back together! Too bad it ain’t the mid-2000s…

By Woody Hannes
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The Detroit Pistons enter this upcoming season with seven new players. Four rookies and three free agents – a strong Summer haul but arguably not the best group of players they could have added.

General Manager Joe Dumars knew that this (just) past offseason was going to be important. Charlie Villanueva and Corey Maggette both came off contract and gave the Pistons a lot of cap space to work with. The Pistons had two lottery picks and later acquired a third. Considering all of the assets that they had – the Pistons didn’t make as big a splash as many thought they were capable of.

The beginning of the offseason saw the Pistons offer Greg Oden a generous new contract. Oden signed the deal but with the signing came a lot of criticism. Despite a solid season in 2012-13, no one could seriously support the Pistons investing so much money in an injury-prone big like Oden. Charlie Villanueva’s contract had just ended and this Oden deal shouted out to everyone to take note – could this be another bad Dumars decision?

Detroit traded away promising big man Andre Drummond to the Portland Trailblazers for the number three pick. They, like six other teams, passed up on unanimous number one talent JJ Theus in the Draft. A team insider spoke on the condition of anonymity and stated, “passing up on Theus may be a huge mistake.”

Instead, they drafted experimental (Putting it nicely) point guard Vince Bellamy. They then wasted (Yes!) their remaining lottery picks on Vladimir Toroman (Who’s he?) and Jay Connor (Overrated. Period.). Dion Webb was their second round pick and I must admit – it was a nice pick. He’s a big 7 footer who will be a strong prospect for the years to come.

But come on – Joe D traded Drummond for who?

We don’t even know what position Bellamy is going to play in the NBA. Is he going to be too slow at point guard in the league? He’s definitely not a talented enough scorer for shooting guard. And he’s going to get destroyed physically at small forward.

Toroman is going to be another Darko Milicic. Mark my words. And Connor? They only drafted him because he grew up there. It’s all for show!

I haven’t even started on the free agents. David West is quickly on the decline. He did have a decent season with the Pacers (13.7 PPG, 6.4 RPG) but those numbers are lower than his career averages. Expect him to continue to get worse. He’s old. But he is at least an above average signing for the mid-level exception.

What was a big outrage was that the Pistons passed up on Jeff Green for… Chauncey Billups and Rip Hamilton. The two of them now come back to form the Three Stooges with Tayshaun Prince.

Hey Joe Dumars – this ain’t 2004!

The lead players for the Pistons will be Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight and Greg Oden’s left knee. There’s no doubt about it that the Pistons do have 2.25 star-calibre players. However, we all know that the best teams in this league have at least one bona fide superstar. Monroe, Knight are good and Oden played a little more than half of last season. None of them are superstars.

I’m not saying that Jeff Green is a superstar but he sure would have helped more than Billups, Hamilton and West all together. Heck, they passed up on JR Smith then realised they did want him in the end. Then Smith was gone so they were stuck with West instead. I suppose you can’t blame Dumars too much for that because Richard Jefferson did pull a punk move to get paid on the last year of his ginormous contract.

Perhaps my column has been a little bit too harsh to the Pistons but my forecast for next season remains the same – it’s going to be another tough year in Motown.

My Prediction: Just miss the playoffs and finish 9th in the East
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Postby hova- on Sun Jun 30, 2013 12:43 am

This article could have been written by C. Hova. Hannes definitely is right with what he is saying. Maybe he is a little bit too harsh on the Pistons rookies though. In the end, 9th seems realistic though, except Billups, Hamilton and Prince can turn back the hands of time.
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Postby Martti. on Sun Jun 30, 2013 12:55 am

You might squeeze into the Playoffs actually, as long as everyone's healthy.
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Postby Valor on Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:54 pm

Woody ftw! Adequately stated out how bad the Pistons are, too bad he's still stuck writing about them though :P
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Postby Fresh8 on Wed Jul 17, 2013 10:33 pm

Joe Dumars been reading this story.
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Postby dare on Fri Jul 19, 2013 9:49 am

Sit wrote:Joe Dumars been reading this story.

Your stories do had some other real life transactions.. I think Pau or Steve to the Lakers in one of your ALIB. I'm not sure though
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Postby Valor on Sat Jul 20, 2013 2:51 pm

dare wrote:
Sit wrote:Joe Dumars been reading this story.

Your stories do had some other real life transactions.. I think Pau or Steve to the Lakers in one of your ALIB. I'm not sure though

Bogut and David Lee playing together :wink:
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Postby Bella on Sun Sep 01, 2013 6:24 pm

Damn. I just finished reading this. And then I realised this hasn't been posted on in over a month :(
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Postby Fresh8 on Mon Feb 03, 2014 1:00 pm

Thanks for the post Bella.

Sorry to everyone for not posting an official retirement in here. I barely had time to myself.

Thanks for voting this to 4th in the story comp.

I have the writing bug again...
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