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07:04 AM ET 07.08 | While Michael Carter-Williams impressed in his debut, Pistons first-rounder Kentavious Caldwell-Pope played to a less rave review in his Summer League debut. He missed his first eight shots from the field, seven of them from long range, in the Pistons' 76-67 win against the Brooklyn Nets Sunday evening. Overall, he went 1-of-10 with four points, three rebounds and four turnovers in 23 minutes. "I just told him you can't be nervous," said Andre Drummond, who was in Caldwell-Pope's shoes last year. "The first day he came in he wouldn't shoot. I told him to shoot the ball. You take threes and pullups. The second day he got more comfortable. I'm gonna stay on him." His shooting struggles didn't prevent him from getting after it defensively to mixed results.

The Detroit News

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July 8, 2013  08:15 AM ET

The Detroit papers are so F ing dumb! They hate Detroit sports lol. Anyway if anyone watched the game he shot poorly but his shots were front of the rim not bricks so he will get that together. He is a very good shooter usually. Besides spacing in the Summer League is awful. It looked like a bunch of playground basketball yesterday. Here in Detroit the fans and media are still made we passed on Burke (who shot 1 for 12 by the way). Both will be fine.

July 8, 2013  08:17 AM ET
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aaaaaaaah.....the summer league.take the +'s and -'s with a grain of salt as they are playing college competetion

Totally agree. To many players trying to prove themselves and showcase for a contract also.

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July 8, 2013  08:49 AM ET

Olynyck looks pretty good for a 7 footer. He was very active at both ends of the court and he has an inside and outside game.

July 8, 2013  08:51 AM ET
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I actually liked your pick......He's got good size and his shot, which was solid in college, will come aroundI don't particularly like the smith deal though....

Im not fond of the Smith deal but Im willing to see how it works out...Im just afraid that Joe is going to do something stupid like trade Monroe...oh how I would stop being a supporter of him if he did. That would be the straw.

July 8, 2013  09:03 AM ET
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Im not fond of the Smith deal but Im willing to see how it works out...Im just afraid that Joe is going to do something stupid like trade Monroe...oh how I would stop being a supporter of him if he did. That would be the straw.

Maybe worse. He'll trade Drummond.

July 8, 2013  09:06 AM ET
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Maybe worse. He'll trade Drummond.

You stop it now sir!!! I will not have those thoughts enter my head.

July 8, 2013  09:23 AM ET
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You stop it now sir!!! I will not have those thoughts enter my head.

Lol... You just need a shooter now. Maybe trade one of your bigs for Ryan Anderson.

July 8, 2013  09:24 AM ET
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Im not fond of the Smith deal but Im willing to see how it works out...Im just afraid that Joe is going to do something stupid like trade Monroe...oh how I would stop being a supporter of him if he did. That would be the straw.

Piston fans need not be worried about Pope's jump shots. He'll prolly not get any, since Smith will be hoisting up most of them LOL

July 8, 2013  09:31 AM ET
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Piston fans need not be worried about Pope's jump shots. He'll prolly not get any, since Smith will be hoisting up most of them LOL

Come on dude your not helping LMAO

July 8, 2013  09:45 AM ET

Welcome To The Big Show, Bro.

July 8, 2013  11:03 AM ET

Pope will be fine but Drummond wow dude is just a man child. He has Dwight like potential offense and defensive. Once he gets halfway decent at FT's or even 55-65% with one go to move it will be lights out for most of the league. Just too big and too fast .

July 8, 2013  02:25 PM ET

Nice to hear that the former Rookie Drummond gets it. Detroit has a BIG future ahead of them. Making all the right moves in the right direction. Let's see if this will translate to more wins next season.

 
July 8, 2013  09:41 PM ET
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Nice to hear that the former Rookie Drummond gets it. Detroit has a BIG future ahead of them. Making all the right moves in the right direction. Let's see if this will translate to more wins next season.

How is signing an immature, uncoachable, low BBall IQ forward to a ridiculous 4-year contract a "move in the right direction"? Unless the direction was actually to go into a ditch!

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