AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank got right to the point on media day by saying, "we want to bring back what Detroit Pistons basketball is all about."
The Pistons couldn't agree more with their head coach following the lockout-shortened 2011-12 season that saw Detroit finish its campaign at 25-41.
"[We played a] short season last year -- 66 games -- and we start 4-20 and you're just crap out of luck there," said Pistons forward, Tayshaun Prince. "It just depends on how you start. We've gotta a nice road trip coming up at the start of the season so we're gonna have to steal some games there.
"But it's all how you start. You get out to a bad start and you put yourself in a hole, and then all of a sudden the playoffs can get out of reach."
Frank has a message about what his team can guarantee the fans:
"Everyday we're gonna bust our hump to give them the best type of effort we can give them, and the wins will take care of themselves," said Frank. "I think organization wise, we are doing everything we can to try and reach out to the fans and fans want to see a winner. But they also want to see an organization that's committed to building something."
Point guard Rodney Stuckey, a 2007 first-round pick by the Pistons, said he's pleased with the players Detroit acquired in the offseason.
"Joe [Dumars] and George David (Pistons assistant general manager) and those guys did a phenomenal job during the offseason getting some young guys in the draft. I think we're just all excited to get started. Expectations for us obviously is making it back to the playoffs. I think anything short of that is a failure."
Pistons nation would certainly agree.
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