Rodney Stuckey has big plans for Brandon Knight

Keith Langlois of Pistons.com:

Brandon Knight doesn’t know it yet, but part of his summer is already blocked off.

“During this off-season, we’re going to spend a lot of time here working out with each other, just getting used to each other and building that chemistry, where we need to be on the court – off the court, as well,” Stuckey said. “We haven’t (discussed it) yet. But I’m going to demand that. And Brandon is a bright kid. Whatever we need to do to get better, he’s willing to do it.”

Ya know, I really hope that’s the case. I hope Rodney Stuckey is committed to being a good teammate and helping his young teammates get better. I also hope that, now that he’s one of the more veteran players in the locker room despite the fact that he’s not exactly old yet, he’s more assertive and takes on more responsibility.

But Stuckey is also a master of the athlete-speak quote. For two straight media days, Stuckey told grand tales of growing into a leadership role to an assembled scrum of reporters. That never materialized as he planned those seasons. Some of that could be attributed to the fact that the Pistons had a large collection of prideful veterans who probably weren’t much interested in following the example of an unproven young player. Now, with those obstacles to his ascension mostly gone, hopefully Stuckey matches actions to his nice sounding words.

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