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Players questioning Lawrence Frank’s rotations in Detroit

Nov 23, 2012, 3:24 AM EDT

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Nobody really expected the Detroit Pistons to be all that good this year — this is a rebuilding team trying to grow and see what they really have with players like Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight, Kyle Singler, Andre Drummond and more.

But they haven’t lived up to even those low expectations — they are bottom seven in the league in offensive and defensive efficiency, and after starting the season 0-8 their next two losses came to the lowly Orlando Magic (they gave up a 21-0 run to the Magic in the second game of that series).

Coach Lawrence Frank is playing around with his rotations trying to find something that works, but all that experimentation has players frustrated. Look at what Will Bynum told the Detroit Free Press.

“I’m having to adjust to everybody. I’m playing with so many different people. First I go from not playing with (Rodney) Stuckey to playing with Stuckey every day. I go from playing with Kyle all the time to never playing with Kyle. I’m playing with Tayshaun (Prince). Early on I was playing with Brandon (Knight) and I never played with him in two years since I’ve been here. It’s all over the place right now.”

Veteran Tayshaun Prince was a little more guarded and talked about the Magic’s 21-0 run, but you guess what he is saying.

“Energy ain’t the only thing,” Prince said. “That isn’t my decision, but we need to figure out some things to do when teams are making runs to get us a good opportunity at the rim or the foul line.”

Joe Dumars and the Detroit front office have to be asking themselves if Lawrence Frank is the guy who can help this team through rebuilding. Because the players seem to be asking that.

  1. dko83 - Nov 23, 2012 at 5:07 AM

    Pistons should be less worried about Lawrence Frank’s rotations and more worried about why they are almost dead last in rebounds.

    Bynum’s quote: Early on I was playing with Brandon (Knight) and I never played with him in two years since I’ve been here. It’s all over the place right now.
    … You’re thrown off by playing with your team’s lottery pick and best point guard on the team? What did you think was going to happen when you draft a player? I get that all the losses are frustrating but don’t say dumb @#$^ and exacerbate things.

  2. saint1997 - Nov 23, 2012 at 6:56 AM

    The one bit of their rotation I don’t get and a bunch of other coaches are doing (a la Kevin McHale and Dwayne Casey) is not playing his rookie! 9th overall pick, guy with huge upside, is playing 20 bloody minutes a night. Less with Terrence Ross and Terrence Jones, I mean come on this is just ridiculous. If you’re a rebuilding team, what’s the risk!? Someone explain that to me PLEASE

  3. ghouchens - Nov 23, 2012 at 12:43 PM

    Bynum needs to concentrate on improving his own defensive and shooting skills and leave the coaching to Frank.
    Tayshaun is right. The Pistons start losing when they stop their driving to the basket and sit back on the 3 point line and try to make big shots from there. Have seen this behavior in numerous instances when they have lost big leads. Almost like they are afraid of making turnovers.

  4. rjmmjr - Nov 27, 2012 at 5:45 PM

    Actually this team is loaded with talent, and a coach should be able to trip over himself and get a decent rotation. Joe has been making some terrible coaching choices recently. Oh, is there anyone who doubts that Franks should have been gone!

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