Detroit Pistons coach Lawrence Frank is in a bit of a pickle. He took his hits working under Bob Knight during the famed coach’s years at Indiana. He took over the New Jersey Nets when the team was still considered a championship contender. He grabbed the Detroit Pistons’ head coaching gig on the heels of an ownership change and a promise to end personnel stagnation, but also only a few years’ removed from the franchise’s time spent ruling its conference.
The result of his first rebuilding year in Detroit resulted in the drafting of project center Andre Drummond; a defensive-minded 7-footer that can change games but also work in an, umm, “inimitable” fashion. Since the opening week of the season Frank has been criticized from near and far for only playing Drummond 18.5 minutes per game despite his sterling per-minute production (for any age) and jaw-dropping (for his age) Offensive and Defensive Win Share numbers.
Frank, understandably sick of all the questions, responded to it all on Wednesday:
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"When we don't play Andre 18 minutes, the reporters (who cover the Pistons regularly) have pictures of me up all around town -- and the fans, too," said Frank, who used that benchmark because [Toronto Raptors rookie Jonas] Valanciunas played 18 minutes in the Raptors win Tuesday at Cleveland. "But the thing is, there are certain things that we're privy to things that maybe the general public isn't.