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first_imgThe Division of Cardiology of the Department of Medicine at theUniversity Of Florida College Of Medicine – Jacksonville is seekinga Cardiology Non-Invasive candidate to join our growing academicpractice. Our internationally recognized faculty are leaders incardiac care, research and education. Faculty physicians provideservices at the UF Health Cardiovascular Center – Jacksonville , Using the mostsophisticated equipment available, the center offersstate-of-the-art diagnostic, therapeutic and rehabilitative cardiacservices. Many leading-edge interventional therapies are offered inNortheast Florida only at the UF Health Cardiovascular Center –Jacksonville.We share our wealth of knowledge and experience through threeACGME-accredited fellowship training programs in cardiovascular disease , interventional cardiology and clinical cardiac electrophysiology . The faculty member willreport directly to the Chief of Cardiology. Responsible forproviding and maintaining a high level of quality In-patient andOutpatient intermediate care services in all aspect of cardiologyand noninvasive imaging. [CE1] (Level 2 skills in echocardiography,transesophageal with additional skills in cardiac CT, MR imaging,nuclear cardiology or Women’s Medicine. Appointment will be at thenon-tenure accruing level of Assistant/Associate Professor, basedon qualifications.The University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville is thelargest of the three colleges at the Health Science CenterJacksonville. The college is affiliated with UF Health inJacksonville, a health system comprised of two hospitals — the603-bed UF Health Jacksonville and 92-bed UF Health North — andmore than 60 primary and specialty care practices throughoutNortheast Florida and Southeast Georgia.The college’s 16 clinical science departments house more than 440faculty members, 1,560 staff and 384 residents and fellows, as wellas medical students from UF and around the country. We offer anincredible breadth of clinical training program sand proud to trainmany of best primary care providers and specialists throughout theregion, the state and the country.The college offers 38 accredited graduate medical educationprograms and 14 non-standard programs. More than 100 residents andfellows from programs across the U.S. come to UF College ofMedicine – Jacksonville to participate in various clinicalrotations as well.In addition to graduate medical education, clinical rotations inall the major disciplines are provided for students from the UFCollege of Medicine in Gainesville. Third-year medical studentsenrolled at UF spend about 25 percent of their training at theJacksonville campus, gaining valuable experience in an urbansetting. While third-year rotations are only offered to UFstudents, elective rotations in the final year of clinical trainingare available to students from accredited schools in the US andCanada.For practicing physicians, the college offers a continuing medicaleducation program that recruits national and international speakerswho are well known and respected in their fields.The college’s faculty, residents and fellows are active in clinicalresearch. Residents and fellows regularly present their findings atlocations across the country and publish their projects inwell-known publications. In 2019, the campus received $23.1 millionin external research funding, approximately 50% of which wasfederally sponsored projects.The campus houses a 16,000-square-foot clinical and translationalresearch facility. To support faculty and resident research, thecollege has a Center for Data Solutions, offering researchersanalytics, epidemiology and biostatistics support, and a Center forResearch Training, helping develop the next generation of highlycollaborative clinical researchers.Located in the Northeastern part of the state on the AtlanticOcean, Jacksonville’s weather is sunny and pleasant. We enjoy anaverage of 320 days of sunshine each year, yet have the coolestsummers in the state. Known as the River City, Jacksonville is amajor port city with numerous waterways, two Naval bases, severalnature preserves, marshes, lakes, wetlands and miles of beaches.Flowing through Jacksonville is the 310-mile St. Johns River, whichplays a major role in our work and play.To learn more about our college, our leadership and our campus,please visit us at https://med.jax.ufl.edu/about/.Have MD/DO. Candidate must be BC/BE in Cardiology with highinterest and expertise in non-invasive imaging. Must be able toobtain a Florida Medical License.(Level 2 skills in echocardiology, transesophageal, with additionalskills in cardiac CT, MR imaging, nuclear cardiology or Women’sMedicine requiredReview of applications will start on December 16, 2020 andapplications will be accepted until the positions is filled. Pleaseupload Cover Letter and CV with application.The final candidate will be required to provide official transcriptto the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not beconsidered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” isvisible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside ofthe United States are required to be evaluated by a professionalcredentialing service provider approved by National Association ofCredential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found athttp://www.naces.org/If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for thisposition, please call 352-392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at800-955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to workin the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida’sSunshine Law.#category=35The University of Florida is committed to non-discrimination withrespect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex,sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status,national origin, political opinions or affiliations, geneticinformation and veteran status in all aspects of employmentincluding recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline,terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, andtraining.last_img read more

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “The [current expected credit loss (CECL)] standard is an unnecessarily complex accounting method for credit unions and only adds to mounting regulatory stress,” argued NAFCU’s Carrie Hunt in a letter ahead of a House Financial Services subcommittee hearing today to examine the standard’s potential impact on financial institutions and the economy.The CECL accounting standard issued by the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) requires financial institutions – including credit unions – to record expected losses whenever they make a new loan. This is causing concern within the industry as it could mean financial institutions may have to either raise more capital or lend less.“NAFCU maintains that credit unions should never have been included within the scope of the CECL standard because they were not part of the poor lending practices that precipitated the financial crisis,” wrote Hunt, NAFCU’s executive vice president of government affairs and general counsel. She then reiterated NAFCU’s request to exempt credit unions from CECL requirements, “either by FASB or through regulatory or legislative action.” continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — Myles Miller has been out of school for more than four years, but he’s still breaking records at the golf course.Myles MillerMiller today went out and shot a 60 – a new Wellington Golf Club record on 18 holes. He shot it Friday afternoon on the par 70 WGA course with three fellow golfers in a non-tournament event.Miller, a two-time Class 4A individual state champion in golf, broke his own record of 62 tied with Scott Templeton as the course’s previous best score. He shot a 27 on the front 9 and 33 on the back.Here’s how his day went: birdie, par, birdie, birdie, eagle, birdie, birdie, par, and birdie on the front nine. On the back nine, he went par, par, birdie, par, birdie, birdie, par, par, and a bogey on the final hole for a 60!Miller was golfing with Brian Peck, Chaney Stallbaumer, Mark Miller and Gary Richmond.The scorecard is as follows:Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (7) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. -5 Vote up Vote down #1 guest · 270 weeks ago I need these guys job? no work on Fridays? Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago -5 Vote up Vote down yodo497 · 270 weeks ago so how do we know he really shot a 60, Report Reply 1 reply · active 270 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down go low or go home · 270 weeks ago The four witnesses who played with him. Report Reply -3 Vote up Vote down go low or go home · 270 weeks ago They all work..you ever take a day off? Really that is all you got. He shot 10 under par… Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Ted “Theodore” Logan · 270 weeks ago In other small town news, Mildred Mitchell is being visited by her grandchildren from California. California! Right here in our little town. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down H&M · 270 weeks ago Congrats Myles!!!!!!!!!! Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago -1 Vote up Vote down Mark Green · 270 weeks ago That is awesome Myles Miller… Time for the tour.. Report Reply 0 replies · active 270 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC View comments Grand Slam-seeking Beermen on the right track “After four months, finally a sweet, sweet podium finish,” said Maraño, referring to the period of time she spent with the national team.“Hopefully with more hard work from us players and a strong volleyball program we can achieve our goals,” added Maraño, the former UAAP MVP from La Salle.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe PSL All-Star squad bested Khonkaen Star Volleyball Club, 25-18, 25-22, 32-34, 25-22, for the bronze medal.Other team members were Mika Reyes, Jovelyn Gonzaga, Aiza Maizo-Pontillas, Remy Palma, Bang Pineda, Frances Molina, Rhea Dimaculangan, Chie Saet, Jheck Dionela, Honey Royse Tubino, and Mar-Jana Philips. BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  MOST READ For Aby Maraño, it was one tangible indication that Philippine volleyball is on the upswing.The feisty middle blocker helped steer a bunch of Philippine Superliga players to a bronze medal in the 2017 Annual Princess Maja Chakri Sirindhorn’s Cup in Sisaket, Thailand, over the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients last_img read more

first_imgA far cry from the glorious days when she ran the final stretch to win the women’s 4x400m gold for India, Mandeep Kaur faced one the most ignominious days of her life as she broke down with a letter of her provisional suspension in her hands on Friday.Indian athletics has plunged into a deep crisis with five athletes testing positive for banned substances. Two of the athletes who flunked the dope tests were part of the Indian women’s 4x400m team that won the gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and Guangzhou Asian Games last year.Mandeep and Sini Jose were flooded with accolades after their miraculous show at the two multi- discipline events but with the Asian Athletics Championships just round the corner, their positive dope tests have been a hammer blow for Indian athletics.Jauna Murmu at the Guangzhou Asian Games.Jauna Murmu, who finished fourth in the 400m hurdles at the Asian Games, has her name on both the lists of positive samples that were taken by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA).Hari Krishnan (long jump), Tiana Mary Thomas (400m) and Sonia (shot put) were the other three athletes to have tested positive but none of them could not reached.Mandeep and Jauna were in the Capital on Friday at the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) office to appear for their first provisional hearing, which was conducted by an AFI panel headed by Arun Mendiratta.They will appear before the same panel on July 15. Mandeep claims she has no idea as to how the substance – methandienone – got into her body and said that the food supplements she has consumed may be responsible for the outcome.advertisementShe said she changed her vitamin supplements recently but she underwent dope tests a couple of times before the IAAF collected her sample on May 25 from National Institute of Sports (NIS) in Patiala.Mandeep Kaur at the Guangzhou Asian Games.”After the Asian Games, I got myself registered under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) whereabouts clause. We have to give all our day-to-day details to the WADA. But it is shocking to me that my name has figured amongst the dope- tainted athletes,” said a teary-eyed Mandeep.”Never in my career have I used any banned substances and if there is any possibility, it could be because of the vitamin supplements that I have used,” she said.Mandeep said she will wait for the panel to come out with its verdict and is hopeful that she will come out clean.IAAF conducted dope tests on a few of the Indian athletes through an independent agency and Mandeep and Jauna were the only two athletes who flunked the tests.NADA also conducted dope tests on 59 athletes during the June 11-14 inter-state championships in Bangalore and five athletes, including Jauna failed the dope tests.Just as athletics was growing in popularity in the country, the positive dope cases have sent shock waves amongst the athletes and the administrators of the sport.While the role of the athletes during such cases is often questioned and they are subsequently penalised, the source of the problem is generally overlooked.In fact, in the last few years, majority of sports in India have been hit hard by the doping menace and the authorities have failed to arrest the situation.The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) has already called for a judicial inquiry into the cases and also blamed the Sports Authority of India (SAI) coaches at the national camps for the rising dope cases.The 2012 Olympics are nearing and suspensions of top athletes has only reduced the country’s hopes of winning medals at the quadrennial extravaganza.Former athletes have demanded a thorough probe into the doping menace. Sprint queen PT Usha questioned the need to send the athletes to countries like Ukraine and blamed the exposure trips like these as one of the prominent reasons for the disaster.”We must have a thorough inquiry into this. Whether the AFI or the government, someone has to do it. Everybody involved should be nabbed,” said Usha.”I have been hearing for more than 10 years about the futility of sending athletes to Ukraine for training and other dirty things being done there. I think had the authorities been careful and acted on the allegations then the current mess would have been avoided.”  NADA ready to nail offenders Meanwhile, the National Anti-Doping Agency ( NADA) has formulated a six-point agenda to crack down on the doping menace wherein it will get customs involved with it to check what the athletes bring in while travelling into the country.advertisementNADA director general Rahul Bhatnagar made his concerns clear and said the agency will come up with more programmes to curb the positive doping cases among the Indian athletes.”We are obviously concerned about whatever has happened over the past couple of years and we have a plan ready to tackle the situation,” Bhatnagar told MAIL TODAY on Friday.”The athletes regularly go out of the country for exposure trips but nobody knows what they bring with them as far as food supplements are concerned. We will get the customs involved with us so that we can keep a check on what these athletes carry with them,” he noted.Besides, there are voices which have been claiming that it’s not just the athletes who are to be blamed but the coaches and other members of the support staff are also involved at some level and they get away easily.Bhatnagar said the NADA will approach the employers of the coaches to keep a strict vigilance on these coaches and act accordingly if any of their employees are found guilty.”So many times we get to hear that besides the athletes there are other people involved as well. But not much can be done so from now on we will ask the employers of the coaches to keep a strict watch on the coaches and anybody who is found to be doing anything wrong must be penalised.”He further said that the NADA will raid the rooms and camps of the athletes randomly so that the dope cheats can be nabbed there and then. There will also be an increase in the sample collection so that more number of athletes undergo the dope tests.Over the past few years, most number of positive dope cases have came from the national camps, raising a lot of questions on the activities within the training camps.Bhatnagar said that the athletes will be closely monitored during the camps. “There is a need to keep a vigilant eye on the activities of the athletes.We will see to it that where these athletes go while they are in the camp, the shops they normally visit and the products they buy from there,” he noted.last_img read more

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd midfielder Paul Pogba out of AZ tripby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has been ruled out of their Europa League trip to AZ Alkmaar.Pogba is out of the tie due to a recurrence of a foot injury he picked up in August.The Frenchman sustained the knock in the draw at Southampton at the start of the season and is yet to fully recover.He played 90 minutes in both the Carabao Cup win over Rochdale and the Premier League draw with Arsenal in the past week but will not travel to Holland for Thursday’s game. A United statement said: “Following a specialist’s opinion, Paul Pogba requires a period of further rest & conservative treatment for the foot injury he sustained in the game against Southampton in August.” last_img read more

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Liverpool listening to offers for Lallanaby Ansser Sadiq7 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool are willing to listen to offers for midfielder Adam Lallana in the January transfer window.Lallana is one of the favourites of manager Jurgen Klopp, but with the competition for places so intense, especially in midfield, his chances are limited.He has only played one game for the team this term, in the Carabao Cup.Football Insider says the 31-year-old could be moved on this winter or in the summer.The Reds can activate a clause to extend his deal, which expires this summer, by another year.A winter sale is possible, but less likely as the club may not want to weaken boss Klopp’s squad midseason. last_img read more

first_img“Over the past year British Columbians have been kept completely in the dark over the mountain caribou issue,” said Peace River North MLA Dan Davies. “One would think, with the minister presiding over a rural part of this province, that he would echo the concerns of all of his constituents. However given his comments over the weekend it seems that the minister is fine visiting his friends in an illegal blockade, but is fearful of British Columbians who have been legitimately asking for information that does and will affect their lives in rural parts of the province.”“The minister talks about a made-in-BC solution, but so far I only see closed-door meetings, cancelled information sessions and postponed promises,” added South Peace River MLA Mike Bernier. “Local MLAs and their constituents are being shut out of a process that should include all voices within the caribou territory, not just those in Victoria. I question how you effectively engage on a plan that does not connect with the local communities that will be most affected.”“The minister claims that his staff did not have all of the information necessary for them to engage with locals and to hear their concerns, and keep cancelling multiple meetings last minute,” remarked Cariboo-Chilcotin MLA Donna Barnett. “This seems like a stretch to me, as they have the information necessary for their supposed made-in-B.C. solution meetings with the federal government and local First Nations. The lack of information is worrying locals who are concerned about not only the sustained health of the caribou population, but the health of other important aspects of rural northern life, like the resource economy and tourism industry.”“People who work and raise their families in rural British Columbia deserve to be part of this process,” said Kootenay East MLA Tom Shypitka. “By refusing to meet them, the minister shows that he really doesn’t care about the opinions of hard-working British Columbians in rural B.C. Preliminary consultations on this have been devoid of local input. Why is the minister keeping British Columbians in the dark on decisions that will directly affect their lifestyle?”Posted by Dan Davies Member of Legislative Assembly to his FB Page, February 19th, 2019“I had the opportunity to pose a few questions to the minister on mountain caribou about the government’s continual cancelled meetings and desire to keep the public in the dark on this critical matter. I have been working with MLA Mike Bernier and other members of the rural caucus to get some answers – well, the minister did a great job at providing NO answers again. He even stated that they would be meeting with the public in early February – we guess what – February 20th isn’t early (no date announced yet!!!) Stay tuned – more to come!” VICTORIA, B.C. – Northern BC Liberal MLAs raised the issue of more cancelled meetings and no answers in the legislature this week on behalf of their constituents.Comments made by the Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resources Operations and Rural Development, MLA Dan Davies and other MLA’s and their constituents are feeling frustrated. The government has said a draft version of the caribou recovery plan is expected this month.After more cancelled meetings and no answers, Northern British Columbians are concerned about the future of the mountain caribou, the resource sector and local backcountry use because of limited local engagement and closed-door meetings.last_img read more

first_imgBhopal: The BJP in Madhya Pradesh Monday said the Kamal Nath-led Congress government in the state should prove majority in the Assembly. Leader of Opposition in Assembly Gopal Bhargava said his party will ask Governor Anandiben Patel to convene a special session of the state Assembly “to discuss important issues and test the Congress governments strength”. I am writing a letter to the Governor for convening a special session of MP Assembly shortly. We want discussion important issues like the farm loan waiver and (to) test the government strength, Bhargava said. Meanwhile, Madhya Pradesh CM Kamal Nath said that his government is ready for an assembly floor test.last_img read more

The Pistons Might Actually Be Good

Heading into the weekend, the young NBA season’s three most impressive overachievers were the Orlando Magic, the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons, each of whom were on track for winning records despite what were projected to be a trio of losing seasons. Hot starts can fade fast, though: The Magic and Pacers have gone a combined 0-4 since Friday, losing by a total of 56 points as Orlando’s shooting went cold and Indy’s defense collapsed.Detroit, however, has kept on winning. After handling the Bucks and Kings at home (not to mention managing a road win over the Warriors two Sundays ago), the Pistons are now 7-3 on the season, good for second-best in the East — and there’s evidence they might have done it despite being slightly unlucky along the way. Is it possible that Stan Van Gundy’s shambolic plan is finally coming together?The 2016-17 Pistons were a solid defensive team in desperate need of some spark at the other end of the floor. Whatever offensive promise Andre Drummond (ostensibly the team’s star, and certainly its highest-paid player) flashed early in his career seemed to have been a mirage; the attack sputtered to a halt whenever high-usage point guard Reggie Jackson set foot on the court; and the team generally hoisted way too many inefficient shots and not enough 3s. Detroit needed an offensive resurgence if it hoped to achieve its second winning season in the last decade, though it wasn’t clear where that breakthrough was going to come from.The Pistons did some offseason rearranging, like any team. They let Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Aron Baynes walk in free agency, traded midrange scorer Marcus Morris to Boston for Avery Bradley, signed Anthony Tolliver and Langston Galloway, and drafted Duke’s Luke Kennard with the 12th overall pick. Jackson was going to be healthy again, and former No. 8 overall pick Stanley Johnson would have another year of much-needed development under his belt. But this was far from a total teardown; Detroit’s existing talent would also need to play much better in order to keep Van Gundy’s coach/exec seat from spontaneously combusting.And so far, the talent has delivered. Drummond has been one of the most improved players in the league this season, upping his true shooting percentage, assist rate, rebound rate and Box Plus/Minus at both ends of the floor. He’s back to taking 68 percent of his shots within 3 feet of the rim (last year that number had dipped to a career-low 49 percent), wreaking more havoc on putbacks and basket cuts instead of reprising the plodding, inefficient, post-heavy offensive role he played last year.And although it’s unrealistic to expect Drummond to keep hitting 75 percent from the free-throw line (considering he began the year with a 38.1 percent career rate), it’s likely that he has improved there to some extent — the odds of a “true” 38 percent shooter making 30 of his first 40 free throws are about 1 in 459,000. Maybe his new form at the line really is working.Drummond isn’t the only Piston holdover playing significantly better ball this year. Jackson has bounced back from his miserable 2016-17 with superior numbers nearly across the board, and his plus/minus impact finally befits a player of his salary and reputation. He and Ish Smith are at last the effective point guard platoon the team expected to get from them going into last season. Forward Tobias Harris has continued to refine his new-school spin on the classic Van Gundy stretch four. Meanwhile, Johnson has taken an encouraging leap forward from his first two NBA seasons, when he was one of the league’s worst regular players.1According to Box Plus/Minus. He still isn’t burning up the box score (averaging 8.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game), but Johnson is at least making enough shots to space the floor and play his role with an acceptable level of efficiency.And as a whole, Detroit is playing a more efficient brand of basketball. A year ago, the Pistons took the league’s second-most midrange shots per game — trailing only the Carmelo Anthony-led Knicks — and the fifth-fewest 3-point shots per game. This season, they’re down to 18th in midrange tries per game and up to 17th in attempted 3s per game. After generating the worst shot quality in basketball last season (according to Second Spectrum), they’ve risen to 17th this year, while making just about as many shots as they deserve to have made. And on defense, Second Spectrum’s tracking data indicates that Detroit is forcing the third-most-difficult set of shots in the league — and that the Pistons’ 14th-place defensive ranking is mainly a result of opponents hitting more shots than they should have (no team in the league has been unluckier in this respect), a trend that ought to reverse itself as the season goes on.Given all that, these Pistons might have the most staying power of any early surprise team. Ten games in is still pretty early in the season, but we learn a lot about basketball teams in a short amount of time. Since the league last expanded in 2004, teams that start the season 7-3 tend to go on to win about 50 times per 82 games. And even those who finished below .500 the previous year — like Detroit did last season — ended up winning roughly 45 games on average.Although the East is apparently in flux, it’s still probably premature to suggest the Pistons are poised to make a deep playoff run this season. But for a franchise that has made the playoffs just once in the last eight seasons, even a return to the postseason would represent a successful campaign. And based on the way these Pistons have started off, they’re well on their way. read more