“I talked to (Coach Frank),” said Maggette. “We had a great conversation. It is more about just giving my all on the court, attacking the basket as usual, being a veteran leader to the younger guys that we have on the team, defensively playing hard. Like every coach, he wants you to go out there and give 100 percent and stay healthy. I think that number one with Lawrence is playing 82 games with this team because if I am not out on the floor, I can’t help.
“Overall, just play hard. Just to give them what they need. That’s the biggest thing now. Coming in, this is my fourteenth year and (I will) definitely (be providing) veteran leadership for the young guys on my team with Brandon Knight, Greg Monroe and (Andre) Drummond coming in. Just try to be a veteran leader and try to help the guys out.”
To be honest, my eyes glazed over at the ‘veteran leadership’ part. The ‘leader’ and ‘mentor’ buzz words are being thrown around an insane amount in current Pistons coverage. What excited me, though, is Maggette discussing attacking the basket. For much of his career, Maggette was a valuable player to his teams because he fearlessly attacked the basket then, once inside, he was strong and athletic enough to go up and finish or to absorb contact. But, as happens sometimes with guys who take the beating Maggette has during his 14-year (wow … does that make me feel old) career, injuries have limited his effectiveness some in that regard. If he’s healthy and aggressive, he and Rodney Stuckey will be a really intriguing and potentially valuable combination on the wings because of their ability to draw all kinds of contact inside.
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