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Coach Frank calls Pistons “disheartening to watch”

Mar 20, 2013, 3:50 PM EDT

Lawrence Frank AP

It’s been a rough season for the Pistons, but the last few weeks in particular have been very tough — they have lost nine games in a row, the most recent a 37-point drubbing at the hands of the Nets. They are without Andre Drummond (back issues) and without any real spark.

In their last 10 games they have averaged 98.9 points per 100 possessions while allowing 115.7 — a difference of -16.8. That defense has been the worst in the NBA over that stretch.

Even their coach finds it hard to watch.

Coach Lawrence Frank was honest with the Detroit News and said that he found it hard to watch that loss to the Nets.

‘This is our fifth game like this since the break,” said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank, who returned to the team after a six-game absence due to his wife’s illness.

“As a group we stunk. This is disheartening to watch.”

The question is simply has the team quit? Well, to be fair injuries play a role with Brandon Knight, Jose Calderon and Andre Drummond all out. But the guys left on the roster are not putting up much fight at all. It’s not pretty.

And for Frank the issue goes back to the idea of turning around the culture of the franchise.

“We have to restore the pride of being a Piston,” said Frank before Monday’s game. “We’re not gonna restore it in a day but, big picture, we have to get that pride back in wearing that jersey.”

Easier said than done. Especially with this roster.

  1. dko83 - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:51 PM

    I feel like they have some pieces that they can definitely build on. Calderon is a poor man’s Steve Nash, but since Nash is one of the greatest, that’s a good thing. Knight at the 2 is good. Monroe and Drummond also good. Stuckey and Bynum.. I just don’t know about those guys.

    They have some REALLY bad contracts though, some of which belong to guys I just listed. Charlie V and Stuckey at 8 mil a year.

  2. bifford - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:48 PM

    It’s been two seasons, and Frank has barely moved the needle. I’m looking forward to seeing how good of a pick they can get.

    • ryanprzy - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

      This was Joe’s mess, and Frank has done just fine. The “needle” couldn’t possibly have been moved much in the first place over the last two seasons.

      The only thing that could remedy this was time, and it’s right on schedule. We needed to rid ourselves of the bad contracts (Tayshaun, Gordon, Stuckey, Villanueva, Maxiell, etc.) while playing bad basketball to secure high draft picks. I hate to say that, but that’s how the NBA operates.

      Anyone who expected Frank to magically vault us into the playoffs before any of that happened is out of their mind. I’ve had a lot of fun watching this team this season because they are what I pegged them for: a young team with a few pieces that is struggling to develop, but gaining valuable experience.

      Monroe, Knight, and Drummond have their strengths and weaknesses, but they’re a decent core to build on. Maybe we can get Calderon to stick around and add another cornerstone in the upcoming draft. We have cap room this offseason and next to fill the rotation with other parts. Stay tuned.

  3. ghouchens - Mar 20, 2013 at 9:43 PM

    Doesn’t look to me like Frank is having much luck at motivating this team. Frankly, when I watch him perform on the sideline, he doesn’t impress me much either. Acts like a little kid and the attitudes reflected on the player’s faces tell the whole story.

  4. ultichiva - Mar 21, 2013 at 12:32 AM

    PISTONS SUCK! They should try & Land D-12.

  5. chichi78 - Mar 21, 2013 at 2:19 AM

    When will Detroit fans ask the question if it is time for Joe Dumars to be fired? He had a nice run, but art this point, he is tarnishing his legacy. Also, from the looks of our roster, it is safe to say we aren’t a team that makes use of analytics, at least seriously.

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