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June 21, 2004 | Dick's Stock Watch provides a fast-glance review of the past week in the world of sports, charting whose stock is up and whose is down...

Detroit Pistons -- The Pistons won the NBA championship over the Lakers in five games. Give coach Larry Brown and GM Joe Dumars credit for getting the job done. Owner Bill Davidson completed the amazing double with this championship and his Stanley Cup championship with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Tampa Bay Devil Rays -- The Devil Rays are on fire with 11 straight wins including sweeps at San Diego and Arizona. Manager Lou Piniella's is 32-34, just six games behind the Red Sox for the AL wild card spot.

Retief Goosen -- The South African held on to beat Phil Mickelson to win the US Open on Long Island. The conditions were tough but he played well enough to win the major. Everyone had to play in those same conditions, so give Goosen credit for meeting the challenge.

Ken Griffey Jr.-- Junior finally hit home run number 500 and became the 20th player in major league history to accomplish that amazing feat0. His dad and the rest of his family were in the stands to see it in St. Louis.

Jim Thome -- He's one of the good guys in baseball so it was great to see him hit his 400th career home run earlier in the week and maintain his home run lead in the majors. <

Los Angeles Lakers -- The Lakers are a team in disarray right now and are becoming quite a nightmare. Phil Jackson won't be back, Kobe Bryant says he'll test free agency and Shaquille O'Neal says he wants to be traded. On top of that the Lakers didn't play with any passion in the finals.

Tiger Woods -- He shot a final round 76 and finished at +10 overall at the U. S. Open to finish tied for 17th. This is the eighth consecutive major he hasn't won. He should get back with former coach Butch Harmon, baby!

Ernie Els -- The Big Easy shot an 80 in the final round to finish tied for ninth overall after entering Sunday just two strokes off the lead and in the final group.

San Diego Padres -- The Padres are 1-7 in their last eight games and have fallen to .500. The Padres won just one of six home games against Tampa Bay and Toronto over the last week.

Dick Vitale coached the Detroit Pistons and the University of Detroit in the 1970s before broadcasting ESPN's first college basketball game in 1979 (he has been an ESPN analyst ever since). Send a question for Vitale for possible use on ESPNEWS.

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