Found December 14, 2011 on Fox Sports Detroit:
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Lawrence Frank knows he has to change everything about the Detroit Pistons in a short period of time. Luckily for him, he's got plenty of people that are ready to help. At Wednesday's Media Day, the first player to face the media was also the first one to step up to the plate. "I watched all 82 games from the sidelines last season, and I learned a lot of not-to-dos," Jonas Jerebko said. "I'm going to be a more vocal leader this season. We need that." As the team's elder statesman, Ben Wallace knows he needs to be a leader, but he's already pleased to see younger players showing signs of leadership. "We need to start caring about each other and caring about the game of basketball again," he said. "I like that guys like Will Bynum and Ben Gordon are stepping up to lead." Gordon thinks that, along with his new role as a leader, he'll also be in a better position on the floor. "Coach L strikes me as someone who really knows the game, and really knows how to put players in a position to succeed," said Gordon, who struggled during his two years under John Kuester. "Last year was very chaotic, and that held us back from achieving what we were capable of doing. That confusion is not going to be an issue this season." While the players were falling all over themselves to praise Frank's energy and attention to detail, it was Kuester who took a beating. The players didn't mention him by name, but the comparisons were constant. "Coach is putting me in the right position to be successful," Charlie Villanueva said. "For the last two years, I've been out on the perimeter, shooting 3-pointers. I'm a lot more than that. I can put the ball on the floor and I can post people up, but I didn't get that chance." Even rookie Brandon Knight, who was playing for John Calipari last season, has been impressed by Frank. "Coach L comes with high energy every day, and he has very high expectations for himself and his team," he said. "That's the same as Coach Cal. They remind me a lot of each other." With Rodney Stuckey still unsigned, Frank not only has to implement his system in a shortened training camp, he has to do with a rookie point guard. "We don't have the time we would normally have, but we can't skip steps, because you can't cheat this game," said Frank, who is only 10 days away from the season opener. "Each day, we do more and more, but we also have to understand how to pace the team. Once the season starts, we're not going to have a lot of practice time, so we're going to have to learn a lot in ballroom walkthroughs and film sessions." Frank, though, thinks this is the perfect time to break Knight into the NBA. "Everyone here is new to me, so everyone is learning at the same pace," he said. "Whether you've been in the league for four days or 16 years, this is all about getting everyone on the same page. Right now we're in the infancy of building a team." The baby will take its first steps - no matter how small - when the Pistons start their two-game presea

Frank tight-lipped about exhibition

Lawrence Frank isn't tipping his hand on tonight's exhibition opener against the Cavaliers. The first-year Pistons coach spoke after Thursday's practice about how he'll approach the game and didn't offer many answers about playing time and who will start.

New Pistons coach Lawrence Frank tight-lipped about exhibition game

DETROIT - Lawrence Frank isn't tipping his hand on Friday night's exhibition opener against the Cavaliers. The...

Fired Up for Frank

Pistons players were eager for a fresh start this year - and they're even more eager to get going after their first exposure to first-year coach Lawrence Frank, Keith Langlois writes for True Blue Pistons.

Mission: Win Back Fans

Lawrence Frank will take The Palace court as coach of the Pistons for the first time tonight for the preseason opener against Cleveland, but here's what he says is significant about the night: It's the first step in the team's mission to win back Pistons fans, Keith Langlois writes for True Blue Pistons.

Pistons coach tight-lipped about tonight's exhibition

Lawrence Frank isn't tipping his hand on tonight's exhibition opener against the Cavaliers. The first-year Pistons coach spoke after Thursday's practice about how he'll approach the game and didn't offer many answers about playing time and who will start.

Pistons Mailbag - Monday, December 15, 2011

Feedback from training camp from players has been glowing on new coach Lawrence Frank and his staff, and that has Pistons Mailbag fans wondering about expectations for the season ahead and what moves the Pistons might have up their sleeve. On with Mailbag ...

Taking Charge

Lawrence Frank doesn't believe the absence of a great shot-blocker should be any excuse for not producing a great defensive effort. If Greg Monroe develops into the anchor Frank expects, the Pistons should make significant strides defensively, Keith Langlois writes for True Blue Pistons.

Ready or Not

Just one week after training camp opened, first-year Pistons coach Lawrence Frank will open the 2011 preseason Friday night when the Pistons host Cleveland. How will he handle playing time under such unusual circumstances? Keith Langlois takes a look at the situation for True Blue Pistons.

Transition Game

Lawrence Frank says leadership is really about bringing it every night. To that end, the Pistons' future is in good hands with the likes of Greg Monroe, Jonas Jerebko and Brandon Knight, Keith Langlois writes for True Blue Pistons.

Best in Class

New Pistons owner Tom Gores has said from the start that he's prepared to spend - but only for full value. He's living up to his part and Lawrence Frank and Pistons players are taking note and vowing to fulfill their end of the bargain, Keith Langlois writes for True Blue Pistons.

Damien Wilkins will start for Pistons tonight

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank wants to use the brief preseason to experiment with different lineups. Wilkins doesn't have a guaranteed spot on the team, so maybe Frank wants to see him try to guard a starting small forward.

2011-12 Season Preview: Detroit Pistons

2010-11 record: 30-52 Head Coach: Lawrence Frank (in his first year, replacing the disaster that was John Kuester). Key Departures: Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady Key Additions: Damien Wilkins, Kareem Rush Best-Case Scenario: Lawrence Frank injects a sense of purpose into the Pistons. Rodney Stuckey re-finds his game. Ben Gordon becomes one of the league’s deadliest…

Adapt and Advance

In a season that will demand a coach constantly assess his team's progress and change accordingly, Joe Dumars is fully confident that Lawrence Frank will have considered every possibility before it arises, Keith Langlois writes for True Blue Pistons.

Watch to watch today: What to watch today

Yes, we have hoops, as the Pistons open their two-game exhibition season by hosting the Cleveland Cavaliers. So what's new, besides there being no more Rip Hamilton? Well, there's rookie Brandon Knight. And coach Lawrence Frank. Jonas Jerebko is healthy. And the whole show is owned by the new guy, Tom Gores. 7:30 p.m., Fox Sports Detroit.
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