Matt Shepard is the play-by-play voice of University of Michigan basketball, Eastern Michigan University football and the Detroit Lions Television Network. He can also be found on TV locally on Fox Sports Detroit and nationally on the Big Ten Network for college football and baseball.
Here, he answers a few of your burning questions.
Hometown? Farmington Hills, MI
Marital Status? Married, Lisa, with four children (3-boys 1-girl)
What High School did you attend? North Farmington HS
What is your Favorite sport to watch on TV and your favorite sport to attend in person?
Football on TV...hockey to attend
Who is your favorite actor or actress?
Clint Eastwood/Mel Gibson.....Ashley Judd
Who is your favorite sports celebrity of all time? Wayne Gretzky
Bases loaded, two outs in the bottom of the ninth of the Game Seven of the World Series and your team is down one run...Which active baseball player do you want at the plate? Derek Jeter
Who is your favorite cartoon character? Bugs Bunny
What is your favorite national sports moment? Miracle on Ice
What is your favorite Detroit sports moment?
1984 World Series & 1997 Red Wings Stanley Cup
If you could change a rule in sports, what would it be?
I'd just like to see the strike zone called appropriately
What Detroiter do you admire most? Joe Dumars
College or Pro Sports? College
If you could invite three people to dinner, living or dead, who would they be? Jesus....my father (deceased)....my father-in-law (deceased) to see 'em one more time
What was your most interesting interview? Paul Newman at the Detroit Grand Prix
Favorite broadcaster of all time? Dick Enberg....but I really respect Joe Buck
Most embarrassing moment on the air? Stuttering during a line in a sportscast
What is your favorite Sports Team? Detroit Tigers
Shep's Daily Poll Question is brought to you by Art Moran Buick GMC
The beauty of the NBA is that one player can make a difference. One really good player can turn a bad team into a low-seed playoff team. One stud baller can turn a decent team into a division or conference contender.
Then Pistons are in need of that stud player to complement some of the really nice looking pieces they've already established. The problem with this draft is that there isn't a player who fits that mold of a franchise-changing player.
I wouldn't be opposed to the Pistons trading their 8th pick to Charlotte to satisfy the deal that brought them Corey Magette and salary cap flexibility this year. I do understand why they keep it, because they feel like a good player this year will help get to the post season and then they can trade a lower pick next year or the year after (it's protected through 8 next year and first overall protected in 2015). I'd love for this team to grab a guy like Trey Burke or Victor Oladipo. I am intrigued by CJ McCollum and Anthony Bennett, but for this team to turn the corner, the progress needs to come from within.
Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight are the nucleus of this young team and need to lead the way like Paul George, Roy Hibbert and Lance Stephenson led Indiana; like Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes led Golden State and like Danilo Gallinari, Ty Lawson and JaVale McGee set the pace in Denver. I use those teams as examples because they are more realistic than teams like Miami, Oklahoma City or even Memphis.
Detroit is really young with the three catalysts in addition to guys like Kyle Singler, Khris Middleton and Kim English. Adding another 21-year to the mix won't put them over the top. They need their version of the Big Three and a free agent or two to make this club relevent, so when the draft takes shape Thursday we can root for a specific player at a certain position, but I don't think he'll the final piece to the puzzle. Instead, he'll be a complementary element to a team that needs to play next year beyond it's years, or they'll be answering to a different boss.