Found December 26, 2011 on Hoopinion:
The Hawks are going to make the playoffs. No disrespect to Lawrence Frank and Dwane Casey, nor the organizations that made the sound decisions to hire them, but there are only ten teams I expect to try and make the playoffs in the East this season. Furthermore, I expect only two of those ten teams -- Miami and Chicago -- to be especially good, with a very compact group of teams finishing third through ninth in the conference.I think the Christmas Day games lend early support to this opinion. Without Paul Pierce, the Celtics started Sasha Pavlovic and had Marquis Daniels, Keyon Dooling, and Chris Wilcox in the rotation. The Knicks are concerned about replacing Iman Shumpert and Jared Jeffries. The Magic willingly traded Brandon Bass for Glen Davis, further weakening the supporting cast for (the possibly unsettled) Dwight Howard who might finish the season there. I'm not sure that Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Indiana aren't all going to finish ahead of at least one of Boston, ...

Dwane Casey Placed a 1,300-Pound Rock in the Raptors’ Locker Room

Taking the “Pound the Rock” mantra to the nth degree, new Toronto Raptors head coach Dwane Casey had a massive boulder placed inside his team’s locker room, in the hopes of inspiring the players with the visual. From the AP: A 1,300-pound boulder sits just inside the front door to the Toronto Raptors’ dressing room, a reminder of the mentality the new coach Dwane Casey is...

Raptors Coach Dwane Casey Plans to Chip Away

“Pound the Rock” is written on the walls of the team’s practice gym and in the locker room.

Dwane Casey put a 1300-lb boulder in the Raptors locker room

For more than a decade, the San Antonio Spurs have stayed near the top of the NBA on the strength of their professionalism and hard work. One of their inspirations during that time has been the following quote by the Danish-American social reformer and activist Jacob Riis: "When nothing seems to help, I go look at a stonecutter hammering away at his rock perhaps a hundred times...

Raptors trying 'Pound the Rock' motto (AP)

A 1,300-pound boulder sits just inside the front door to the Toronto Raptors' dressing room, a reminder of the mentality Dwane Casey is trying to instill in his new team. Heading into what the Raptors coach is calling a "building" season, Casey has introduced a new motto: Pound the Rock.

Gordon, Stuckey will start over Knight in Pistons' opener tonight

New Pistons coach Lawrence Frank will go with a pretty familiar starting lineup in tonight's season opener against the Indiana Pacers.

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank plays it safe with lineup -- for now

There weren't any surprises when new Pistons coach Lawrence Frank announced his starting lineup Monday afternoon.

Pistons Austin Daye Checks In, Talks Training Camp, Says He's Ready To Go

Lawrence Frank's job description is to instill a winning culture amongst a Detroit Pistons team who’s coming off two straight losing seasons, most recently finishing 30-52 last year. One of the main players he will look to in helping him accomplish that goal is third year Small Forward Austin Daye. In preparation for his team’s opener at Indiana tonight, the 2009 First Round...

Indiana 91, Detroit 79: Pistons can't keep up with taller Pacers

There might be good vibes emanating from the Palace nowadays with new owner Tom Gores and new coach Lawrence Frank a part of the Pistons' organization, but the franchise is still lacking what it has lacked for quite some time -- size.

Fresh Start

After a turbulent and disappointing season, the Pistons are eager to get going under new coach Lawrence Frank. They'll open the 2011-12 season Monday night at Indiana looking at a much deeper Eastern Conference this time around, Keith Langlois writes for True Blue Pistons.

What to watch this week ...

The new era of Dee-troit basketball gets under way for real as the Pistons open the season under new ownership, Tom Gores, and with a new coach, Lawrence Frank.

Outpaced in Indy

The Pistons were coping with a slow start, trailing by just five a few minutes before halftime, when Indiana spurted to lead by 14 at the break, starting the Lawrence Frank era with the adversity he's preached they would have to confront sooner or later, Keith Langlois writes for True Blue Pistons.

Total Team Effort Lifts Raptors Over Cavs In Opener

Your browser does not support iframes. Related: Box Score Video: Casey Pre-Game With Devlin Top Plays: Amir From Jose | Still No Props Needed | Magloire With The Flush | Big Davis Block CLEVELAND (AP) Rookie Kyrie Irving scored six points and hardly played like the No. 1 overall pick as the Toronto Raptors spoiled the Cleveland guard's NBA debut with a 104-96 season-opening...

More from Monroe

It won't happen overnight, but Lawrence Frank fully intends to take advantage of Greg Monroe's unique passing skills by making him "a hub" of the Pistons' offense, Keith Langlois writes for True Blue Pistons.

2011-2012 Pistons roster

Players Coaching staff Head coach: Lawrence Frank Assistant coach: Brian Hill Assistant coach: John Loyer Assistant coach: Roy Rogers

Pistons fall hard to the Pacers

The Pistons lost their season opener 79-91 to the Pacers in Indiana Monday night. In a game they never led, the team look a little more than out of sync in their first official game with Lawrence Frank at the reigns. Key Points: Turnovers – The Pistons sunk their own ship by turning the ball over 16 times. The Pacers led by as much as 24 points. The Pistons were torched by Indiana...
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