Frank said Pistons president Joe Dumars has not pressured him about Drummond’s modest playing time so far. Dumars has never been one to engage in such matters with any of his numerous coaches, though.
"Unless you’re an organization that says, ‘All we’re doing is playing the young guys, it’s not about winning,’ then that’s one thing," Frank said. "If your goal is to try to win, then your loyalty is to winning.
"We’ve never once, he’s never once said, ‘I need you to play Joey Smith a bit more.’ It’s all about commitment to the team. You can’t commit to some and not to others. It would be a betrayal of trust."
Drummond routinely talks to Dumars after games for words of wisdom.
"I just walk up to him, jokingly and (ask), ‘What’s the word of the day? And he’ll tell me and I’ll move on that," Drummond said.
After Saturday’s loss in Dallas, the phrase from Dumars was "mental toughness."