Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 12/14/11
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
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Report: Cavs operating as if Irving trade is ‘inevitable’

Jason Garrett continues to staunchly back Ezekiel Elliott

Report: Thunder interested in trading for Carmelo Anthony

Report: Price told Eckersley ‘get the f— out of here’ on team flight

Jerry Jones: ‘I had a wonderful time before this social media hit’

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Pirates ‘leaning against’ Andrew McCutchen trade

Devin McCourty: Talk of Patriots going 19-0 is ‘ridiculous’

Mayweather says he will stand ‘toe to toe’ with McGregor

Report: Derrick Rose ‘leaning toward’ signing with Cavs

Report: Irving believes LeBron leaked word of trade request

Spieth tells caddie to 'get that' after incredible eagle putt

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

Best of Yardbarker: General managers take the spotlight

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

The unexpected rise of the Connecticut Sun

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

Kicking It: USMNT struggles to find consistency in Gold Cup as World Cup qualifying nears

Three Up, Three Down: The Dodgers are a complete juggernaut right now

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

Who won the Open Championship in the year you were born?

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

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!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Yardbarker Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Finding the possible Achilles' heel for baseball’s best teams

Getaway Day: A pair of aces get lost in the shuffle

Sports & Politics Intersect: Trump casts shadow over U.S. Women's Open

The National League Wild Card is suddenly relevant again

The 'Pay that man his money' quiz

BIG3 Week 5: Pivotal make-or-break weekend in Chicago

The 'Let's show a little love for James Jones' quiz

Making an NFL GM change in the summer has its benefits

The 'Yoan Moncada era starts now' quiz

The Orioles need to unwind past deals if they are going to rebuild

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker