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Maurice Cheeks talks Pistons' big man rotation in Q&A with Vincent Goodwill

Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports

Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News recently sat down for a one-on-one interview with new Detroit Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks. Highlights below:

Q: The biggest question people have about the roster so far, you have Andre (Drummond), Greg (Monroe) and Josh (Smith). At some point, you may have to pick which two guys finish a game and someone will have to sit.

A: How come? Why is that a major question?

Q: Arguably those are your three most gifted players and because of the strategy of the NBA, you may have to play two down the stretch instead of three.

A: That goes back to what I said. We have to be on a collective string. If it means one of those guys sits out and we’re winning games, that’s what we’ll do. If that’s the recipe. I don’t know if that’s the recipe. But if it is, one of them will have to sit. The only thing about that, those guys are young. It’s hard to tell a 20-year-old (Drummond), 23-year-old (Monroe) or 27-year-old (Smith), one of you have to sit down. 35? They’ll sit down with no problem. That’s the hardest part, that’s my job. I have to figure that out.

Ed. note: I pared down the highlights to just two questions, click through to read the whole Q&A.

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