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Corey Maggette critiques how Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond handle traps

David Mayo of MLive:

Pistons point guard Brandon Knight has been caught three times recently in trap situations when he didn’t call a timeout and committed a turnover, including in Monday’s game against the Nuggets.  Corey Maggette said part of that was that Drummond needs to present a better passing target when he sees the point guard in trouble.  "Brandon needs to do a better job too of knowing when to call the timeout, too," Maggette said.  "He didn’t want someone to take the ball from him but that (not calling timeout) is just his competitive nature.  We just need to do better.  But these young guys, they’ll get better."

As I said when Tayshaun Prince similarly critiqued the Pistons’ younger players, I appreciate the candor and additional perspective on Detroit’s on-court play. Unlike Prince, Corey Maggette has no history of being part of locker-room problems with the Pistons, so Maggette’s comments don’t really worry me. I just hope Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond heed the lesson.

6 Comments

  • Dec 13, 20122:58 pm
    by danny

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    Knight also needs to work on his handles.  This way when the trap comes he can split or hold his dribble till someone bails him out.  Its common knowledge when the man guarding you sets the trap you give the ball handler help.  These things will work itself out, but it will cost us a few more games as well.

  • Dec 13, 20123:21 pm
    by frankie d

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    the distressing thing about knight and traps is that he dribbles into them, almost blindly.  you can see it coming on the tv screen and you’d hope that he can also see it from the court. 
    it almost appears as though he thinks he can simply split it, because he is strong and quick and fast enough to do so.
    rarely is he successful using that tactic, and unfortunately, he usually looks pretty dumb when he dribbles right into the trap and gets caught.
    it is obvious that other teams have scouted this tendency and use it to their advantage.
    one would hope that knight would be smart enough to make the adjustment.
    or that a coach would work with him on this specific problem.  because it is a real problem. 

  • Dec 13, 20126:33 pm
    by Swish22

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    I’d like to see Maggette on the bench full time which will give him ample time to analyze more things. He should be sitting at then end of the bench next to Bynum.

  • Dec 13, 20127:18 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    Maggette has no right to criticize publicly. He’s in it too. Its like badmouthing another film while you’re in the same competition also. it’s a blunder

  • Dec 13, 20127:18 pm
    by ZekeKhaseli

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    See if he dares to criticize Frank. He’s such asskisser

  • Dec 13, 201210:12 pm
    by sb3

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    Someone should tell Maggette to quit committing all those dumb fouls.

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