Drummond will emerge as a reliable center by midseason to help Detroit make the playoffs for the first time since 2009.
Via Keith Langlois:
'It was a pairing Frank hadn’t used before, even in practice. The only time Drummond and Monroe have played as teammates, Monroe said, came in August at Tim Grgurich’s camp in Las Vegas for young NBA players.
"Never – that was the first time," he said. "I don’t think there was one time." '
"I was just dwelling on the fact that the opportunity wasn't there and also I wasn't playing to my potential," Daye said. "I've never had to deal with that, with missing shots for long periods of time, the mental aspect of the game. Of fighting through adversity."
I can see in him a leader," Maggette expounded. "He’s the point guard. He’s the leader of our team. He’s the one who’s going to be having the ball in his hands and making the calls. He can do that. He has the ability to be the leader of this team. I call him the ‘franchise player.’ He probably doesn’t like it, but that’s what I consider him as. This is a guy who can set the tempo for everybody. If you watch this camp, the way he’s played – aggressive on both ends of the floor – that’s what a leader does. I’m going to keep calling him a leader.
"I am here to remain a starter of course. I don't plan on coming off the bench."
I’m visualizing getting wins, visualizing the Pistons taking strides to being a championship team like it used to be. You get tired of hearing how the Pistons used to be a good team. You take pride in bringing the Pistons back to what Pistons basketball is.
Extras for today's run: Rasheed Wallace, ex-MSU Al Anagonye, ex-UM Chuck Bailey, ex-Oregon TaJuan Porter, Ex-BGSU Darnell Brown
So many NBA teams these days are using these round-ish lettering fonts, and they all lack punch. The chest mark feels soft, inconsequential. Not an unattractive uniform, but not a memorable one either.
"Pistons sign Khris Middleton to bring the roster to 15 .. He's in Auburn Hills and working out."
RT @Keith_Langlois: In the gym: @CV31 working on post, elbow moves; @DRE_DRUMMOND_ on block, FTs; @BrandonKnight12 on lefty lob passes. Stuckey lifting.