If Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks had an invisible checklist for his early training camp goals it could possibly read like this:
■ Establish competition.
■ Get players in good enough shape to be a running team.
■ Let his team know his voice is going to be the dominant one early on.
■ Check check and check — to a degree.
Well The Palace crowd at the open practice saw Cheeks unleash a quiet wrath early on Saturday when the players didn’t seem to take a drill too seriously and he made them run wind sprints to get them refocused.
But running as a whole is something Pistons players have privately bemoaned and sometimes publicly hinted at in recent seasons — which Cheeks agrees with in theory not necessarily in application when having a bigger frontline.
“All players say they want to play fast and want to run but it’s not that easy to do” Cheeks said. “Particularly when you have a couple big guys. If you play fast you have to wait for them.”
Andre Drummond and Josh Smith can fly up and