Joe Dumars wanted to make one thing clear on Friday afternoon.
The Detroit Pistons love their new rookies, as every team does today, but they won't be putting a 2013 playoff run on the backs of Andre Drummond, Khris Middleton and Kim English.
"The expectations of what we do as a team this season will not land on the shoulders of these three rookies," Dumars said as the players were introduced at the team's practice facility. "We're going to push them, just like we push everyone on our roster, but we're not going to throw them out there with unrealistic expectations."
Lawrence Frank agreed, saying that he wouldn't even know what he had to work with until he saw the trio practicing, but was happy to share the podium with those three specific players.
"If you read what the draft experts have to say about a player, they always focus on what the guy can't do," he said. "Joe and his team always look for what a player can do, and how he can help our team. These are three men that we fe...