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Tayshaun Prince: Amir Johnson couldn’t run plays in practice, but impacted games

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

"You have guys who are great practice players but when the game comes, you don’t see the same thing," Prince said. "Then you have others in practice who don’t know what’s going on but they’re gamers.

"We had a guy like that, Amir Johnson, you try to get him to run plays in practice, he couldn’t. But we put him in the game, you had to leave him out there because he did stuff, blocked shots, tip dunks, got the crowd into the game."

That could explain why Amir Johnson never received a role commensurate with what fans, who saw only games and not practices, wanted.


  • Nov 1, 201212:00 pm
    by Vic


    If we do the same thing with Andre Dummond I will probably just stop watching this team

  • Nov 1, 201212:14 pm
    by Vic


    The coaching staff is out thinking themselves into losing. The Houston Rockets played their youngest team since 1971 and just barely came together the day before and yet they beat us, because it’s a talent leaGue. You play your best players, and then coach from there.

    Now James Harden has etched his legend at the Pistons expense, and other stars are marking their calendar and licking their chops to play against Pistons because they know they’ll be playing against Lawrence Frank’s brain instead of our best players. Okay I’m waxing a little sarcastic, but you get my point.

    • Nov 1, 201211:04 pm
      by gmehl


      ‘Okay I’m waxing a little sarcastic, but you get my point’
      WTF does ‘waxing a little sarcastic’ mean. Is this young person talk? I am i getting too old for my own good or has the dreaded spell check struck again :-)

      • Nov 2, 20129:58 am
        by tarsier


        Actually, that is not young-person-speak at all. It’s just a really old way of phrasing things. So people don’t talk like that anymore. So the problem is more that you’re too young or that Vic used outdated language.

  • Nov 1, 20127:40 pm
    by RalphHau


    So by Tay’s own words, where does he fit in this scheme?  Because he certainly is not impacting the games, so maybe he is leaving it all on the practice floor!

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