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Jonas Jerebko next in line as we learn how Lawrence Frank handles rotation

Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:

So has Frank ever considered going a step beyond convention and allowing the rotation – without using any more than the conventional nine or 10 for any single game – to expand to allow for game-to-game flexibility? Could Jerebko be the backup to Jason Maxiell one night, based on either matchups or recent performance, without excluding Villanueva from consideration in the following game?

Consider? Yes. Seriously ponder the viability of such a setup? He’s skeptical.

“In theory, it sounds good,” he said after Tuesday’s practice. “The reality is, it’s hard. You’re trying to search if the certain stars are aligned. If you’re really trying to evaluate it, I’ve always been of the belief that you give guys a sample of games to see what they can get done. I’m not saying you can’t do it and that’s the right or wrong way, but it makes it a whole lot harder. If there’s a certain matchup, then yeah. If there’s a certain element in the game missing, yeah. But it’s very hard. Specialist basketball is very hard. It’s hard to play and it’s hard to coach.”

I’m good with that. Basketball is a sport that requires players to feel in rhythm more than the other major professional sports. If a player deserves a spot in the rotation, he should get a decent amount of time to establish whether he should keep it.

There is a downside to this strategy, though. Lawrence Frank on Austin Daye, via Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

"He’s kind of had stops at each spot. When you look at who’s next to give an opportunity, you have him and Jonas."

Frank chose Daye

That stinks for Jonas Jerebko. In Frank’s mind, rightly or wrongly, Jerebko and Daye are close. But because Daye had the slight edge, Jerebko doesn’t get to play at all. That’s a bitter pill for Jerebko to swallow, but at least he can take solace in that, when he returns to the rotation, he’ll stay for a bit.


  • Dec 19, 20124:22 pm
    by MIKEYDE248


    Jonas was the only bright spot on the Pistons his rookie year, then came the injury.  I still think that he is one of their 5 best players for the future.  Frank needs to play his players in their correct positions and get Jonas back on the court.

  • Dec 19, 20125:12 pm
    by danny


    frank is garbage

  • Dec 19, 20125:30 pm
    by Haan


    Speciality subbing’s difficult for coaches in football too.  Somehow they get it done.  They got it done because it’s tremendously more effective than the old-fashioned two way or even the more recent static subbing styles of play.

    Basketball isn’t football?  Sure, but is there empirical evidence that basketball and football players react so differently to speciality subbing? 

    It sounds like Frank’s providing a pretty feeble excuse for not engaging in experimentation that has a good chance of being fruitful.  Could it be that he knows what respect he commands from the players is, for him as non-player, too fragile to step out of the box and be an innovator? 

    That’s pretty abstract, but isn’t it obvious that when you’re getting killed on the offensive boards you should give a shot to the 7 footer in streetclothes on the bench rather than the guy half a foot shorter?  At least, by way of experiment, for a few minutes, to see how that obvious, specialist subbing, strategy might work?    

  • Dec 19, 20125:34 pm
    by Haan


    Clarification: I don’t mean putting Kravtsov in directly for Maxiell, but, at least in select situations, when you’re getting pounded on the boards, giving Drummond & Kravtsov time at C, trying Monroe at PF.

    • Dec 19, 20125:55 pm
      by Scott Free


      I think Drummond’s starting is predicated on Kravtsov’s readiness.  We know Maxiel is too short to guard second string centers (imagine Meyers Leonard or Javale McGee posting up on him for a moment), so Kravtsov would HAVE to play. If he’s still not ready, than Drummond cant be put in the starting lineup.  

  • Dec 19, 20125:52 pm
    by Scott Free


    Okay, I get that specialist subbing requires additional effort, but why does he NEVER offer situational subbing?  If I’m a coach, and I see our squad getting hammered on rebounds, and I have the best rebounding rookie in the league sitting on my bench — I’d bring him out.  

    Difficult defensive assignment for Monroe?  No sweat, let him rest while Kravtsov puts a body on his assignment for a while.  But instead, Frank keeps letting Monroe get his lunch money stole by big centers, while exhausting him trying to keep up with more physical centers.   (Its like he’s never heard the concept of 6 hard fouls at the end of the bench).

    Franks rotation seems predicated on little more than fouls and timetables.  How often have we watched him sub out a player thats been hitting, when they don’t seem fatigued?    

  • Dec 19, 20126:22 pm
    by Corey


    Frank giving Daye a chance over JJ is probably based on JJ playing himself out of the rotation, while Daye hasn’t had a chance to be in it yet. Hopefully JJ will get a chance at SF next.

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