Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said Knight played well against the Cavaliers. But Frank said his job is to place the best team out on the floor. Right now, he believes in the Gordon-Stuckey backcourt until further notice, but he said he is willing to change if things don’t work out.
Fans, of course, want Knight to play because he is young and talented.
“We have other very talented players too,” Frank said. “Your minutes have to be based on merit. Brandon is working hard. It is not a knock on him. Right now, the thing that gives us the best chance is the starting group we have. But with that being said, throughout this whole process we have to be flexible. As a coach, the one thing you maintain your integrity with the team is tell the truth. The group we put out there is the group we are starting, and if there is a change that has to be made it always has to be in the best interest of the team and not in the best interest of the individual.”
That’s about what I expected. I make no attempt to hide my belief that Knight should start, but Frank does have a responsibility to play the guys his bosses signed to big money until it becomes obvious to everyone that Knight is better than both. Fortunately, it looks like Knight is on the verge of doing that sooner than most expected.