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(Oakland coach Greg) Kampe has had trouble scheduling Detroit. Finally, after Oakland center Keith Benson declared for the NBA draft, Detroit called and asked to start a series; Kampe agreed. The next week, Benson withdrew and the phone rang. It was Detroit, saying they have a scheduling conflict.
"That's the crap that happens," Kampe said.
"When we got Ray it really got challenging," Titans coach Ray McCallum Sr. said of his son.
McCallum works the phones but is used to coaches saying "Thanks but no thanks," when he asks them to play at Calihan Hall.
"I am trying to get more home games to get our (the team's) spirits up," McCallum said. "When you don't have a lot of home games, you get beat up and you're limping into the conference and your fans don't get to see you play and identify with your team. You don't get into a good routine heading into the season."