It isn’t easy in times like the Pistons are going through now to try to put things in perspective. They’ve lost six games in a row and it feels like the progress we all saw a few weeks ago has been lost. But I loved the quote from coach Frank when he said you’ve kind of got to peel back the onion a little bit. The record is similar to last season, but the results are nowhere near similar. These have been hard-fought, competitive games against rosters stocked with NBA talent.

The parting advice Lawrence Frank gave Kim English and Khris Middleton before embarking on their D-League adventure proved accurate, the rookies confirmed upon their return to the Pistons.

“It was true,” Kim English said of Frank’s warning that D-Leaguers would come at them with extra relish because they had what those player wanted – one of the coveted NBA roster spots. “They know when an NBA guy is on the court and they definitely want to get that name against you. They definitely want to attack you.”