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Pistons Immediate Future Could Be Bright

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MIAMI, FL - APRIL 8: Brandon Knight #7 of the Detroit Pistons drives against Terrel Harris #14 of the Miami Heat on April 8, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

MIAMI, FL – APRIL 8: Brandon Knight #7 of the Detroit Pistons drives against Terrel Harris #14 of the Miami Heat on April 8, 2012 at American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2012 NBAE (Photo by Scott Cunningham/NBAE via Getty Images)

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Everyone around the Pistons organization eagerly points out the progress the franchise made this season.

They note that the team had a .500 record after a 4-20 start. They talk of having two of the best young players in the league in center Greg Monroe and point guard Brandon Knight. They speak highly of their bright, well-prepared coach, Lawrence Frank, who took the same defense-first approach that made them an elite team in the previous decade. They trumpet the stability of the franchise under new owner Tom Gores after two turmoil-filled seasons, when personnel moves were stymied and players openly defied Frank’s predecessor, John Kuester.

The Pistons finished the season Thursday with a 108-86 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers.

“What we like about this year is we reset the culture,” Gores said. “We established ourselves this year with our work ethic and toughness. But going forward, I want to win. I think we better make the playoffs (next season).”

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