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Frank’s moves questioned by Pistons players
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On November 23, 2012 @ 8:00 pm In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
ORLANDO — The question was about Kyle Singler, but Will Bynum’s long answer went beyond the effectiveness of the Pistons rookie.
Bynum was asked Wednesday morning if he was surprised that Singler’s name appears in many of the Pistons’ top lineups.
After saying he wished Singler were still on the second unit because he enjoyed playing with him, Bynum told the Free Press: “I’m having to adjust to everybody. I’m playing with so many different people. First I go from not playing with (Rodney) Stuckey to playing with Stuckey every day. I go from playing with Kyle all the time to never playing with Kyle. I’m playing with Tayshaun (Prince). Early on I was playing with Brandon (Knight) and I never played with him in two years since I’ve been here. It’s all over the place right now.”
Combine that comment with Prince questioning the substitution pattern and time-out usage of coach Lawrence Frank during the pathetic third quarter of Wednesday night’s 94-80 debacle against the Magic, and we have reached familiar territory when it comes to the Pistons.
Things haven’t reached the point of no return, but it’s obvious as the losses mount that players are beginning to publicly question Frank’s decision-making process.
Frank is in a tough spot in his second year with the team. Despite a 2-10 record, the season is still young and a coach needs to project patience. That’s probably why you see his reluctance to make wholesale changes.
But a coach needs to be flexible, and if something is obviously not working, change needs to be made, even at the risk of an appearance of panic.
After losing to an obviously inferior team (at least talent-wise) twice in five days, it’s quite apparent more is wrong than the lack of energy which saw the Pistons surrender a 21-0 Magic run to start the second half Wednesday.
“Energy ain’t the only thing,” Prince said. “That isn’t my decision, but we need to figure out some things to do when teams are making runs to get us a good opportunity at the rim or the foul line.”
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