Q: [Lawrence Frank’s'] approach seems to be coach to the top end, to the people already familiar with the system, and make every else catch up, make them sink or swim. Are they sponging it? Are they accelerating at the right pace?
A: "I think you have to coach like that. I think you have to set the bar of expectations of not only how you play, but how well and how quickly you learn the system. We don’t have a lot of time to keep going over things until somebody finally gets it. It’s up to them to get up to speed, come in early, stay late, do whatever you’ve got to do, to get up to speed with what we’re doing."
I really hope I’m misinterpreting this, because, at face value, it’s very troubling.
Setting expectations is a great idea, but it’s extremely unwise to let young players who can’t meet the expectations fall even further behind. Player development is too important to a franchise’s success – especially one in the rebuilding stage where the Pistons are – to take such a simplistic approach.
But more than anything, Lawrence Frank and the entire Pistons organization should be judged this season on how they develop all Detroit’s young players – especially Andre Drummond. When the Pistons drafted Drummond, I expressed concern about how they would develop him.
I’m more worried now than ever.