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October 15, 2013 Updates

Having Rasheed Wallace’s voice in your head while taking free throws doesn’t seem like the type of anecdote that yields positive results, but Andre Drummond’s improvement can be traced to Wallace’s “three points” of emphasis. Drummond is guarding those tips given by the Pistons’ new assistant coach as a precious commodity. “It’s a little thing me and him came up with to help me focus when I get to the line,” Drummond said. “I can’t tell you that. That’s between he and I.” Detroit News

September 25, 2013 Updates
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Felton pointed to the elderly bench of Rasheed Wallace, Kurt Thomas, Marcus Camby and Jason Kidd, who fell apart in the playoffs, as part of the team’s ultimate undoing, getting KO’d in the second round by the Pacers. With training camp opening Monday, none of those players are back. Three of them have retired. “We’re a younger team this year,’’ Felton said at an Under Armour appearance at Macy’s in Herald Square. “Kurt Thomas, Rasheed, love them like brothers. [But] those guys were 38, 39, 40 years old. Once they got injuries, they’re out and it hurt us last year. We’ve added Metta [World Peace], [Andrea] Bargnani, Kenyon [Martin] and Amar’e [Stoudemire] are coming back. Tim Hardaway [Jr.] looks great by the way. I’ve been most impressed with him. It gives us depth at that big spot and youth. Those guys are younger." New York Post

September 17, 2013 Updates
August 19, 2013 Updates

Andre Drummond soaks up a little knowledge from Rasheed Wallace every day they spend together. One of the most searing lessons so far: Don’t engage him in a game of H-O-R-S-E. “I played with him the other day – it wasn’t fun,” Drummond grinned after a Monday workout. What did coach Wallace throw at his prodigy? “Everything. The little side corner shot with his feet against the out-of-bounds line. The shot from the track line (that runs behind the basket), over the hoop, made it in. And then the two-ball thing. He’s a natural. I don’t know why I did it to myself. I have no idea why I did it.” NBA.com

“I’ve picked up a lot of different tricks just being with him,” Drummond said. “We’re not doing anything drastic as of yet. Right now, he’s just telling me he’s going to keep it simple since it’s so early but at the end of the season you’ll see something a lot different than at the beginning. He’s said, ‘You’re one of the fastest bigs I’ve ever seen and your feet are really good, light on your feet, and you move really well, so the moves I show you, you should do 10 times faster than I did.’ So I’m excited for what’s coming.” NBA.com

July 12, 2013 Updates

Rodney Stuckey sat behind the Pistons bench Thursday at their summer-league game, an unexpected visitor to be certain. Hours earlier, he was pleasantly surprised by the news of Chauncey Billups’ return to the Pistons. The two exchanged text messages Thursday, and he also had an extended conversation with new coach Maurice Cheeks during the team’s morning shootaround. Former teammate and new assistant coach Rasheed Wallace was in on the talk. “(Cheeks) told me I’m one of the vets on this team, so it’s my time to lead,” Stuckey said after the Pistons’ 78-77 Summer League win over the Heat. “To get the guys involved and bring them along as well.” Detroit News

July 10, 2013 Updates
July 8, 2013 Updates

Perhaps his most challenging order of business will be helping Drummond develop a low-post offensive game. "Well, we're going to get on that," Wallace said. "That's what we're working on. That's why Mo brought me aboard. You know, he's still young, he's still raw, he's depending on his athleticism a lot -- which, to tell you the truth, a lot of 19-year-olds do. But the thing that I think will get 'Dre over, he's not one of those 'I know' guys, like everything you tell them, they're like, 'I know, I know.' No, 'Dre, he's a sponge. He sucks it up. He might not like it but he doesn't complain about 'I've got to do this,' or, 'I've got to do that.'" Booth Newspapers

Rasheed Wallace will complete the Detroit Pistons' new coaching staff and showed up here today to work with the team's entry in the Orlando Pro Summer League. The Pistons have not made a formal announcement on Wallace's impending hiring, nor on any of the Oklahoma City assistants who will come to Detroit to join Maurice Cheeks' staff, but Wallace is on the bench for today's game against the Boston Celtics. Booth Newspapers

July 6, 2013 Updates

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