“Some people just have it in them, those ice-cold veins,” said forward Greg Monroe. “He just has a knack for making big shots.”
Greg Monroe had 24 points and 16 rebounds, and the new-look Detroit Pistons won their season opener in convincing fashion, beating the Washington Wizards 113-102 Wednesday night.
The PIstons have missed the playoffs the last four seasons, but if the team’s ability to win has changed as much as its roster, Detroit could be in good shape.
Detroit Pistons’ general manager Joe Dumars made a splash this summer, adding Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings to a young lineup, and the league has taken notice.
Billups hit the court for the Pistons’ preseason game Thursday night in Cleveland against the Cavaliers, and his presence was instantly felt by teammates.
“Man, look, I’ve had my 15 minutes of fame,” Billups said. “I just want to help.”
The Detroit Pistons celebrate 25 years at the Palace of Auburn Hills this season, and the team’s commercial for the upcoming year pays tribute to the franchise’s history.
When Mike Brown first got into coaching in the early 1990s, veteran Bernie Bickerstaff would pull him aside for little chats on climbing the ladder in the NBA. One lesson stood out more than any other.
Even though Chauncey Billups has been away for a while, the current state of the Detroit Pistons franchise still makes him sad.
After the applause and cheering died down, Billups explained how he got his number back.