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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