ORLANDO – With the standard caveats about weighing Summer League results with restraint, the Pistons left Orlando’s Amway Center after their Monday opener feeling pretty good about the future – their immediate future.
ORLANDO – As Allen Iverson made abundantly clear, not every NBA player loves to practice. Kim English is not one of them.
“I love practice,” he smiled after his fifth in three days as the Pistons prepare for today’s start of the Orlando Pro Summer League. “I love games. Every time I step on the court, I just pray to God to keep me healthy, swift and accurate. As long as I’m healthy and playing, I’m happy.”
ORLANDO – Solicit opinions on early impressions of Andre Drummond and the responses are all over the map: Freak athlete, Kim English says. Incredible athlete, Austin Daye adds. Unbelievable athlete, Charlie Villanueva chimes in.
ORLANDO – It was midway through the fourth Pistons practice in less than 48 hours, with both legs and minds fighting off fatigue, when Kyle Singler snapped everyone to full attention.
ORLANDO – For much of last season, Charlie Villanueva was sidelined with a lingering ankle injury that cropped up in training camp. For virtually all of it, he was on the outside looking in at Lawrence Frank’s playing rotation. Most of that time, he had company in Austin Daye, who never really recovered from a paralyzing shooting slump that took away the one basketball skill that had never betrayed him.