Lawrence Frank’s quote about his team’s “Labor Pains” is precisely what I’ve been saying for the past few games.
With all the circumstances at work (lockout, new coach, little practice time), if anyone expected the Pistons to get off to a fast start, they were fooling themselves.
Now, I didn’t think they’d start off 2-8 but it’s not truly surprising either. I’ll say this: the locker room isn’t grumbling over the way things have gone.
They knew this year would be tough and I believe they expect to be better as the season progresses.
Now will they be happy just rolling the ball out there and taking consecutive 20-point beatings? No, of course not. If players who they deem a significant part of the future improve (Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight, etc), they’ll be happy.
The Pistons know what they need: a big. It’s so glaring what’s lacking it’s almost funny. But the first step to filling a need is identifying what the need is.
But bigs don’t grow on trees. Until that day comes (trade, draft), the Pistons will probably take their lumps.
But if the babies show progress, the labor pains could be all worth it in the long run.