Lawrence Frank on Andre Drummond: ‘We are going to make this a slow process’

Terry Foster of The Detroit News:

They are more interested in long-term success than making short term changes that might hurt the 19-year-old Drummond down the road.

Drummond said he is fine with that and will do whatever the coaches ask.

"We are going to make this a slow process," coach Lawrence Frank said. "To play a lot of minutes, particularly at this level, is hard. So as a 19-year-old to say, Hey, we are going to throw you out there and play you 35 minutes, we are taking the other approach."Our plan is to build it up. It is a whole lot easier to build it up rather than throw it all out there and tear it down and give the kid’s confidence away."

Why is Lawrence Frank so insistent on bringing Andre Drummond along slowly? Drummond appeared very raw coming out of Connecticut, but so far, he’s appeared more ready than expected in the NBA. Why not allow for a change in expectations?

Frank has consistently preached playing time will be determined by merit, but this is just latest example of what sounds like a preordained plan for Drummond. Maybe Drummond can handle a larger role right now. Maybe he can’t. But give him a fair chance to earn it.

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