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07:02 AM ET 07.15 | There are more than 1,000 days between now and the 2016 Olympic Games, which, apparently, isn't too early for Detroit big men Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe to be thinking about them. The next significant step in that pursuit is USA Basketball's mini-camp for its men's national team next week in Las Vegas. ... [Said Monroe:] "It's rare. So I definitely look at it as an opportunity to get better. But also, I want to be on that team." ... Drummond, asked if he is trying to position himself to make the men's national team in time for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games, said he is thinking in a more accelerated time frame. "It ain't no long term, I'm trying to make it now," Drummond said. "I'm not going there for fun. I'm going there to try to take somebody's spot."

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July 15, 2013  09:03 AM ET

Blame It On Rio, Bros?

July 15, 2013  09:04 AM ET

Work on improving your game first and being consistent for the whole year. Bring up your numbers and help your team win. Once you do that then maybe Rio will fall into place.

July 15, 2013  09:52 AM ET

Both will probably make it... They are a serious load to deal with and will prove it this upcoming season. Still shaking my head at the signing of Josh Smith though.

July 15, 2013  10:02 AM ET
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Both will probably make it... They are a serious load to deal with and will prove it this upcoming season. Still shaking my head at the signing of Josh Smith though.

Another Joe Dumars eff up... He didn't learn from the Charlie V and Ben Gordon fiasco...

July 15, 2013  10:04 AM ET

The Josh Smith signing was brilliant. Not even close to the Villanueva/Gordon signings.

July 15, 2013  10:44 AM ET

Josh Smith is not an all star for a reason. He couldn't carry Atlanta w/ Horford down low. Why would you think he'll carry the Pistons w/ Drummond and Monroe down low? Josh is an inconsistent outside shooter that will not help spread the floor for the two big guys... Defensively he could be fine.

July 15, 2013  11:05 AM ET
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Both will probably make it... They are a serious load to deal with and will prove it this upcoming season. Still shaking my head at the signing of Josh Smith though.

My sincere advise to the Piston fans. Keep your young big talents away from Smith, from partying with him, or even working out with him. The guy is as lazy as they come, highly uncoachable and immature. My only small regret is that we couldn't get anything back for him, because I've been crying out loud to trade him for the past 2 seasons. Still very happy to see him leave Atlanta.

July 15, 2013  02:48 PM ET
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My sincere advise to the Piston fans. Keep your young big talents away from Smith, from partying with him, or even working out with him. The guy is as lazy as they come, highly uncoachable and immature. My only small regret is that we couldn't get anything back for him, because I've been crying out loud to trade him for the past 2 seasons. Still very happy to see him leave Atlanta.

If he's that lazy why does he post big numbers... he's definitely better than average and I'd like to think that required discipline and hardwork... not everyone works hard to maximize their potential and that's OK. Take Melo for instance. He's a natural small forward but will never get in shap to play his natural position... so Knicks give up height and weight at the 4 spot.... but can you say he's lazy?

July 15, 2013  02:52 PM ET

i'll say this. drummond's comments don't sound like the words of a dude with a slow motor/limited desire. wasn't that the concern about him before he was drafted?

July 15, 2013  02:55 PM ET
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If he's that lazy why does he post big numbers... he's definitely better than average and I'd like to think that required discipline and hardwork... not everyone works hard to maximize their potential and that's OK. Take Melo for instance. He's a natural small forward but will never get in shap to play his natural position... so Knicks give up height and weight at the 4 spot.... but can you say he's lazy?

well, that's what everyone is saying, that he has superstar potential but his own bs limits him to merely showing flashes of that potential. i think pistons made a mistake, but we'll see. maybe he was just in a bad situation and will be more dedicated in a better environment. it happens.

July 15, 2013  03:44 PM ET
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well, that's what everyone is saying, that he has superstar potential but his own bs limits him to merely showing flashes of that potential. i think pistons made a mistake, but we'll see. maybe he was just in a bad situation and will be more dedicated in a better environment. it happens.

For his salary if he maintains the same level of productivity all should be well...

July 15, 2013  04:25 PM ET
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If he's that lazy why does he post big numbers... he's definitely better than average and I'd like to think that required discipline and hardwork... not everyone works hard to maximize their potential and that's OK. Take Melo for instance. He's a natural small forward but will never get in shap to play his natural position... so Knicks give up height and weight at the 4 spot.... but can you say he's lazy?

Yeah he's lazy; I know it because I've seen it. I have watched SEVERAL Hawks workouts over the years, and Smith and Marvin were the laziest. For all the contract hooplah, JJ used to work his **** off, so did Bibby when he was here.

Talent wise, he's right up there as a top 10 NBA player. Commitment wise, bottom 3%. If you jus want raw numbers, sure have at it. He'll put up 15-7-4 EASY. Because he's gifted and doesn't even have to try. BUT a majority of his shots will come against run of plays. He doesn't play in a "system". He's the wild wild west player who thinks his jumper is better than Ray Ray's. And you think he has "discipline" LOL, I'll bet 50 bucks he couldn't even spell that word.

Anyway good luck to the Pistons, and glad he ain't our problem anymore.

 
July 16, 2013  01:36 AM ET
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I'm assuming they are talking about the Duran Duran song.......

Blame it Rio Bro!

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