AUBURN HILLS -- Andre Drummond noticed it immediately.
Josh Smith and Chauncey Billups promised it is going to continue.
There's something strange in the air at the Pistons practice facility -- optimism.
"As soon as I walked in here today, I noticed that everyone is excited," Drummond said at Media Day. "I'm always excited, so that doesn't mean anything, but I didn't see this last year. We've got new young guys and new veterans, and there's a lot to beexcited about."
Billups left the Pistons early in the 2008-09 season in the ill-fated Allen Iverson trade that set the franchise back by five years. Monday, he couldn't keep the smile off his face as he looked down at the familiar red-white-and-blue No. 1 jersey.
"When they gave me my jersey at the press conference a couple months ago, I took it home, and practiced wearing it," he said. "I've never done that before, but, as all of you know, this jersey means a little more than anything else I've worn."
Even during his five-year absence...