Found August 06, 2013 on Fox Sports:
Brandon Jennings can hardly wait to take the court alongside Detroit's athletic big men. ''I guess you can say we can bring the `Lob City' to Detroit this year,'' Jennings said. That's quite a boast, considering the Pistons have missed the playoffs for four straight seasons, but if there was one thing Jennings tried to make clear Tuesday, it was that he will absolutely look to pass the ball a bit more than he did in Milwaukee. Detroit acquired Jennings from the Bucks last week, hoping the new point guard can be an important part of an extensive offseason overhaul. The Pistons also signed forward Josh Smith and guard Chauncey Billups. They traded guard Brandon Knight in the deal for Jennings. It was a flurry of moves that, at the very least, has people around Detroit talking about the Pistons again. How it will look on the court is anyone's guess - and Jennings' job will be to help this group become a cohesive unit. ''This year I think you're going to see a whole different player, just with all the talent that I have around me, the veterans that are in the locker room,'' Jennings said. ''Now I can just actually be myself and be who I was five years ago, when I was in high school, playing AAU basketball.'' The 23-year-old Jennings seems well aware of some of the knocks against him. He shot 40 percent from the field last season, easily the worst mark in the NBA for any player who took over 1,200 shots. Of course, he also averaged a career-high 6.5 assists per game. ''I definitely have to change my game for this team, for my teammates, everybody to be successful,'' Jennings said. ''The things that I was doing in Milwaukee, I won't have to do here - take all those bad shots.'' The Bucks made the playoffs last season with a 38-44 record. Detroit was nine games worse, and the Pistons made a coaching change this offseason, bringing in Maurice Cheeks to replace Lawrence Frank. Talented big man Greg Monroe is still only 23, and 6-foot-11 Andre Drummond turns 20 on Saturday. That's what Jennings is talking about when he says the Pistons have a bright future and teammates he'll enjoy playing with. Detroit added Smith, a 6-foot-9 forward who averaged 17.5 points for Atlanta last season. The question now is how well he'll mesh with the other frontcourt players - and what Jennings and Billups can add to the backcourt. Drummond was at Tuesday's news conference, when Jennings was introduced. ''It's like I got drafted all over again,'' Drummond said. ''I'm walking into a new situation, a new coaching staff, a new bunch of players.'' It's certainly an exciting time for a franchise that has not had many of them lately. Detroit's rebuilding process has been slow. First, Tom Gores became the team's new owner in 2011 following a drawn-out sale. Over the next couple years, the Pistons parted ways with Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Tayshaun Prince, giving themselves flexibility. It felt for a while like this would be the offseason when Detroit's patience might finally turn into action - when the Pistons would put some of their salary cap space to use and be aggressive in the trade market. That's exactly what's happened, and although it's hard to say where this lineup ranks in the Eastern Conference, nobody can accuse Detroit of standing pat. Team President Joe Dumars doesn't anticipate any more major changes, so all that's left now is the waiting. ''I do feel like the roster that we have right now is a roster that can compete for the playoffs,'' Dumars said. ''I don't foresee us doing any more big moves.''
THE BACKYARD
BEST OF MAXIM
RELATED ARTICLES

Brandon Jennings calls Detroit the new Lob City

The Detroit Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings is known for making outrageous promises that he knows he can’t keep. Jennings faced the media on Tuesday with Pistons GM Joe Dumars to discuss his new lease on life now that he has a massive front court to work with. Jennings vowed to upgrade his game while bring the flash and bang of the Clippers to Detroit. Please click here...

Jennings: "I know I have to change my game"

AUBURN HILLS -- He wears No. 7, his name is Brandon and he's going to be the Pistons point guard. Despite all of that, Pistons fans won't fail to notice that Brandon Jennings is now running the show instead of Brandon Knight. Jennings was introduced to the Detroit media Tuesday, and made it clear that he thinks his talents will fit right into the new-look Pistons roster...

Rajon Rondo still on Detroit Pistons radar?

Photo Credit: Roberto Serra/Iguana Press/Getty Images It seemed as if the Detroit Pistons filled their glaring void at point guard when they acquired Brandon Jennings last week via sign-and-trade; but, were other intentions in mind? According to The Boston Globe, the Detroit Pistons could use Brandon Jennings as a ‘trade chip’ to acquire Rajon Rondo. There has been been an absurd...

Breaking down Detroit Pistons’ 2013-14 schedule

Photo Credit: Eileen Blass, USA TODAY Sports Well, it’s finally here. The NBA released the full 2013-14 schedule yesterday and now it’s time to breakdown what the Detroit Pistons will have in front of them. First and foremost, the Detroit Pistons will open up the regular season at home against the Washington Wizards on Oct. 30. Detroit will also have four nationally televised...

Brandon Jennings vows to drop the bad shots with Pistons

New Pistons point guard Brandon Jennings made quite a few proclamations upon his introduction to Detroit vowing to be a different player chief among them. Jennings signed a three-year $24 million deal courtesy of a sign-and-trade with his former team the Milwaukee Bucks as the Pistons traded away the most recent “point guard of the future” Brandon Knight. It’s not that Jennings...

Brandon Jennings Isn’t Promised Pistons’ Starting Point Guard Job

Brandon Jennings is loving life as a Piston right now, but what happens if he doesn’t start? Joe Dumars isn’t sure who will start at point guard for the Detroit Pistons this season, but according to MLive, Dumars says every guard on the teams has told him that they plan on starting. “So did Will Bynum, so did Peyton Siva, so did Brandon Jennings. They all told me that when...

Brandon Jennings Not Guaranteed To Be Pistons Starting Point Guard

According to Pistons GM, Joe Dumars, the Pistons starting point guard job is up for grabs and not guaranteed to anybody, including recently acquired Brandon Jennings. In an interview with Brendan Savage of MLive, Dumars said that the decision is up to head coach, Maurice Cheeks, who says he’s giving it to whoever “earns it.” In fact, when Billups signed in Detroit, he said...

Jennings on Pistons: Detroit Could Be "Lob City"

Come this season in Detroit, we will find out if Brandon Jennings is a man of his word or a Chris Paul doppelganger. Since joining the Pistons in a point-guard sign-and-trade swap that sent Brandon Knight to the Milwaukee Bucks last week, Jennings has gone on record to say that running with a front-line of Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and freshly signed free agent Josh Smith reminds...

Style: Brandon Jennings’ Instagram ‘Hood By Air’ Shirt

Hood By Air is definitely a brand to keep your eye on, their  collection combines streetwear  and high fashion pieces with emphasis on black and white hues. Hood By Air is getting much deserved attention with celebrity artists like Kanye West, and Rihanna wearing their edgy pieces. Now we can add pro athletes into the mix, as I recently spotted NBA baller Brandon Jennings (Detroit...

Jennings Isn't Promised Pistons' Starting Point Guard Job

Joe Dumars isn't sure who will start at point guard for the Detroit Pistons this season. Brandon Jennings is assumed to have the inside track, but will compete with Chauncey Billups and Peyton Siva. Billups said he was returning to the Pistons to be their starter at point guard. "So did Will Bynum, so did Peyton Siva, so did Brandon Jennings. They all told me that when they...

Report: Detroit Pistons still interested in Rajon Rondo

Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty According to a report from Brett Pollakoff of the Pro Basketball Talk blog on NBCSports.com, the Detroit Pistons still have intentions on making a splash even after acquiring athletic point guard Brandon Jennings. It has been reported that the team still has interest in acquiring Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo. This is according to Gary Washburn...
NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
Help
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.