Q: You mentioned earlier that you had the draft picks over to your Birmingham condo (Friday night). (Dumars, assistant general manager George David, Andre Drummond and Khris Middleton also were there). Tell us about the scene and the chemistry you see growing among the young players.
A: That’s exactly what’s happening is we’re getting a real chemistry that’s happening. We’ve seen it all over the league that you can pull players together, but they don’t have a chemistry and they don’t understand each other and they don’t have the ability to hang out on some level then just putting them on the floor doesn’t mean you’re going to win. We’re making a lot of progress on that. (Friday), I welcomed (the rookies) to Detroit and let them know that I respected the fact that they’re here and as an owner I want to make sure they’re taken care of for however long they’re here. All three of the draft picks are very nice guys, very collected. I was very happy to meet them and spend time with them. We really just hung out. We played a little pool. In fact Joe and I teamed up on a couple of the guys and beat them. We had some nice games. It was a pretty easy-going night, nothing too serious. They had a few friends with them. Kentavious (Caldwell-Pope), for example, had his old youth coach from seventh-grade or something like that. He’s real nice guy and we talked about principles and values and work ethic and what it takes to be successful. We talked about a little bit of my background growing up in Flint and growing up with nothing and what it takes to be successful and get successful. I also, other than winning a championship and being owner of the team, I want to make sure I give our players, our guys, on what it takes to be successful. That’s kind of the mood that we had. We went anywhere from basketball to Detroit to what it takes to be successful. We also let them know that we’re going to work them hard. The day that we’re not working them hard is the day we don’t believe. It was a pretty exciting mood. It was a pretty special night, actually.”
Q: You and Joe took them down that bad?
A: We did, actually. We were undefeated. It was a good time.
Alright, Josh and Iggy, you two against Gores and Dumars in a game of pool. If you win, max contracts for both of you. If they win, you each accept four-year, $40 million deals. (This would be where I desperately hope whichever Pistons players went against Gores and Dumars weren’t just letting their bosses win.)
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