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Special Gatorade is what ails the Pistons

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"We have to come out ready from the jump ball. That's basically it. It's not like it's something that we can drink some special Gatorade, or something like that. We have to be ready as soon as the ball's thrown up."

- Greg Monroe (Quote from MLIVE) What about some Jack3d? NoXplode?

About that youth development...

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When Stan Van Gundy talked about prioritizing the future once Josh Smith was waived, he mentioned Dinwiddie prominently – said they needed to find out about him over the second half of the season. Last week, he admitted that plan was now on hold.

Detroit Pistons Mailbag - Jan. 14th, 2015

Rick Carlisle: Right now, they're one of the best basketball teams in the NBA

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"Right now, they’re one of the best basketball teams in the NBA just with the way that they’re playing together and how hard and the kind of energy they’re playing with. You’ve got to admire what they’re doing."

NBA.com post-game quotes serves us this gem from one of the most respected coaches in the association. The Pistons are for real right now.

Brandon Jennings on Josh Smith being released

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"We all know in this league and there's no hiding it, when you're making the big bucks and you're the guy, and you don't produce, fans and media look at you like what's going on?" said point guard Brandon Jennings. "And that goes for anybody in this league."

From Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News

$1.6 million per victory

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The Josh Smith era with the Detroit Pistons lasted 110 games, 76 of them losses, which means the Pistons will have paid him almost $1.6 million per victory by the time they cut their last check to him in five years.

From David Mayo's excellent column at MLive.com

Greg Monroe on being Detroit's 'go-to guy'

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"You'd have to ask them," [Greg] Monroe said when asked if teammates consider him the go-to guy. "I hope they trust me, I trust them in any decision they make. When I have the ball I just try to make the right play, make the right decision and always stay aggressive. I just try to do my best to deliver."

Via Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press

Pistons exercise team options for Drummond, Caldwell-Pope

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons announced today that the club has exercised team options on the contracts of center Andre Drummond and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Both contracts are now extended through the 2015-16 NBA season.

From the team's official press release this afternoon.

Spencer Dinwiddie debuts, 'can do it all'

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"He was really good. He’s really, really talented. I’ve been telling folks around the league, ‘We’ve got a nice little steal right there with Spencer.’ He can really do it all. He can shoot the ball. He’s clever – he’s extremely clever. I don’t want his head to blow up, so I try to keep it to myself, but he can play the game of basketball."

- Caron Butler, Pistons.com

Derrick Rose on new-look Pistons

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"The Pistons are a good team, a big, big team and you can tell they’ve got a bright future."

Derrick Rose after the Pistons' 111-109 OT preseason win against the Chicago Bulls

Jodie Meeks for Team USA?

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"I'm happy for him,'' [Jodie] Meeks said of [Andre] Drummond. "It's a great honor to play on the USA team, and I know he put in a lot of hard work. He has improved a lot between his first and second (NBA) year, and hopefully, he'll do the same in his third year. Hopefully, one day, I'll get a chance to participate in that and be with him.'' [...] "(2016) would be an honor and a dream come true,'' Meeks said. "I know it's a long way down the line, and we still have a full season ahead, but anytime you have a chance to play for your country, it's an honor.''

Detroit Free Press