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Marc Stein: Hearing former Magic GM Otis Smith will be formally unveiled as coach of @nbadleague's expansion franchise in Grand Rapids this week. ESPN reported last month that Stan Van Gundy had turned to Otis Smith, his former boss in Orlando, to coach Pistons' new @nbadleague squad Twitter @ESPNSteinLine

New Detroit Pistons shooting guard Jodie Meeks was asked about his favorite Kobe Bryant moment. He didn’t need much time. It was his first day of training camp as a Los Angeles Laker. “Practice was at 11, we had to be there at 10. Well, I wanted to get there at 10,” Meeks said. “He was already there fully dressed and sweating. I got to the locker room at 9:30, got on the court at 10, and he had been there an hour and a half working on stuff. “I was like, ‘Man, it is true.’ This guy is working like this and at the time he was 34 years old. He felt like he still had a lot to prove, and he was still trying to prove people wrong. I was like, ‘Man, great player.’ ” Detroit Free Press

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Drummond also expressed appreciation Thursday for the FIBA international regulations of play. Often a victim of NBA offensive goaltending rules, the Pistons center cited a more lax policy with FIBA — allowing offensive players to touch the ball inside the cylinder of the rim. “The FIBA game is great for me; I can really use that rule to our benefit,” he said. But the switch from NBA to FIBA has also required some adjustments. Besides learning to play with new teammates, Drummond said the reduced physicality of international league play is a challenge NBA players have to adapt to. “The refs just watch out more for certain things to make sure players don’t get hurt,” he said. Detroit Free Press

August 26, 2014 Updates

FC Barcelona was interested in Gigi Datome, but he has chosen Detroit. "My goal is to try another year in the NBA and draw a line with my experience at the end of next season. I signed a two-year deal precisely because so many players, in their first season in America, have had difficulties. There was an offer or a negotiation but anyway we stopped it, along with my agent, because I decided to stay in the NBA." La Gazzetta dello Sport

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For the second time in three games, Andre Drummond didn't play in one of Team USA's exhibitions. That might not bode well for Drummond's chances of making the team that will travel to Spain for the upcoming World Cup. The Detroit Pistons center is battling for the No. 3 center's job behind Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Hornets and DeMarcus Cousins of the Sacramento Kings. And despite scoring 12 points in a rout over the Dominican Republic, he didn't get off the bench in Friday's 112-86 victory over Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden. Booth Newspapers

Given the stalemates that have gone on with Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe and Pistons forward Greg Monroe, the best option for both players would seem to be some sort of sign-and-trade. Bledsoe has been shopped around the league for the past month, while the Washington Post’s Michael Lee reports that Monroe’s agent, David Falk, has sought sign-and-trade deals to get his client out of Detroit. But, as one league general manager told Sporting News this week, their potential free agency next summer has cooled the market for each. Sporting News

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Drummond wasn’t supposed to be ready to play as a rookie when the Pistons stole him with the No. 9 pick in 2012, but he wound up playing a major role as a rookie and cemented his place as one of the league’s future great big men. He wasn’t supposed to be a part of the United States national team just yet, either, but he’s ready for the future to be now. “I don’t plan on going home,” he said of his ultimate fate with roster decisions looming. “I feel like I’ve done a pretty good job here these past couple of weeks really proving I could be a part of this team. We have a lot of great players out here. I’m not going to back down. I know what’s at stake. I want to win a gold medal.” NBA.com

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