When the Pistons re-signed Tayshaun Prince, I doubted his mentorship abilities. Apparently, Lawrence Frank has worked with him on it, and Brandon Knight stands to benefit. Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:
As a demonstrative player, the frustration hasn’t been very well concealed, either. When Prince is upset, it there’s to see – for fans, coaches and teammates alike.
“That’s one of the things the coaches have talked to me about, as far as not letting the frustration show on my face and try to help the guys out in situations when things are really down,” he said. “As you can see in games, when we start to get down, then we kind of bury ourselves as opposed to trying to pick ourselves back up.”
In less obvious ways, though, Prince offers advice and encouragement. He’s taken a special mentoring role with Brandon Knight, thrust into the starting role the past week as Rodney Stuckey recovers from a groin injury, with whom he already felt a kinship via their University of Kentucky roots even before Knight’s work ethic won him over.
“I’ve talked to Brandon every time he’s made a mistake,” he said. “I’ve pulled him aside on the bench during a timeout. As we all know, as a vet, when things happen over and over, you get frustrated. Brandon is going to give 100 percent effort every time. We know that. He’s a hard worker. He does it in practice all the time. He works hard afterwards, before. Sometimes he plays a little too fast. When we dig ourselves a hole a little bit, any good player, they try to get it back right away and you end up compounding it and it goes the other way. He’s a hard worker, man. We know he shoots the ball real well. He’ll learn from it, just like everybody else. He’s not the only one making mistakes out there. We’ve just got to get better.”