Lawrence Frank offers players a tantalizing bargain: play good defense and you don’t have to worry about mastering the playbook.
“We give the ultimate gold ticket to players,” he said after a Saturday practice carried out with the lively tempo of a team riding a four-game winning streak. “If we get stops, we just play out of basketball principles. We don’t run set plays off of misses. So if I’m a player and I want freedom, I’m going to get stops.”
As I’ve said, the Pistons don’t rank last in pace because they’re willfully playing slow. They rank last in pace because their defense doesn’t create transition opportunities.
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