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Key to Pistons success? A 24-year-old big man

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08:13 AM ET 09.28 | 'Tis the season for optimism, and Lawrence Frank likes what he sees. If he ever felt like an outsider due to the truncated nature of last season, he feels ingratiated with his guys now, as the grind of training camp is days away. The Pistons coach bounces around the facility, anxious to get things going, to see if his team's .500 finish in the last 42 games of last season was a mirage or harbinger of things to come. ... Greg Monroe's development could be the biggest key in the Pistons returning to respectability. Frank put a lot of pressure on the 24-year old big man, telling him to improve on defense and become a more vocal leader. "He's made huge gains," Frank said. "The work he puts in and the intensity which he's working is tremendous."

The Detroit News

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September 28, 2012  08:22 AM ET

Is There A Tiger In Your Tank, Bro?

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September 28, 2012  08:59 AM ET

You mean Joe is actually incorporating a big man in his perrenial PG/SF academy..........putz!

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September 28, 2012  10:45 AM ET

Monroe will be an all star this year Im not worried about him. I want to see the development of Knight and Drum. Also Kyle and English.

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September 28, 2012  01:00 PM ET

The key to the Pistons success is "talent."

September 28, 2012  01:36 PM ET

This year all I want to see is improvement. Considering they were competing for a playoff spot after starting 4-20 last year did lend some hope for this year.

September 28, 2012  02:16 PM ET
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Monroe will be an all star this year Im not worried about him. I want to see the development of Knight and Drum. Also Kyle and English.

Why not the whole team?

September 28, 2012  04:15 PM ET
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Why not the whole team?

Why not indeed?

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September 28, 2012  06:29 PM ET
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How does Frank keep getting jobs? http://eetmo.com/

Butt kissing!!!

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