The Detroit Pistons hope to look back on 2012 as a year where they laid the groundwork for future success.
But the shortened 2011-12 season and start of the 2012-13 season really weren't what the Pistons and their fans would call successful in themselves.
After all, the start of last season was delayed due to the NBA lockout, which was finally resolved in time to start games on Christmas.
It was not the ideal way for a team with a new coach and a new point guard to start their tenure in Detroit, yet that was the case for Lawrence Frank and Brandon Knight.
Frank did not have the luxury of summer league play or a full training camp to get to know his players and implement his system.
Knight, who spent just one year at Kentucky before turning pro, had just turned 20 when the Pistons started playing last season.
So it's no wonder that the Pistons started last season 4-20 before finishing 21-21 to end the 66-game season with a 25-41 record.
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