Late in Monday’s Pistons scrimmage to wrap up practice, Greg Monroe checked out and Austin Daye replaced him. No, Daye isn’t making the radical switch to center. Jason Maxiell slid over to guard Slava Kravtsov. That’s one way to thin out the crowd at power forward, where Daye is jostling with Maxiell, Jonas Jerebko and Charlie Villanueva.

That’s four players for two spots, all of whom have been NBA rotation regulars at some point in their careers.

Late in Monday’s Pistons scrimmage to wrap up practice, Greg Monroe checked out and Austin Daye replaced him. No, Daye isn’t making the radical switch to center. Jason Maxiell slid over to guard Slava Kravtsov. That’s one way to thin out the crowd at power forward, where Daye is jostling with Maxiell, Jonas Jerebko and Charlie Villanueva.

That’s four players for two spots, all of whom have been NBA rotation regulars at some point in their careers.

Nearly a week and eight practices into training camp, with the preseason opener just three days away, impressions that lead to decisions are being made – but those decisions are still at least a few weeks away. The traditional definition of training camp is that which takes place leading to the preseason opener, but for practical purposes – and, more importantly, to Lawrence Frank’s way of thinking – training camp is really everything that leads to the first regular-season game, 24 days away.

Two years might seem a lifetime ago given the distance Greg Monroe has traveled, but he remembers well the feeling of being a half-step behind every play in the awkward early days of training camp.

Greg Monroe is suddenly a middle-aged Piston. Not by the calendar, necessarily, where it shows he’s just 22. But in years of service, with two seasons under his belt, Monroe can pull rank on six players already. That thought made even him step back a minute on the eve of training camp.

“In the team meeting, I talked about how I went from being the youngest guy on the team to last year having two guys with less experience to now (six) guys that I have more experience than. So I’m trying to grow up a little faster and be more of a leader.”

In players like Greg Monroe and Brandon Knight and Kim English, the Pistons quickly came to see the self-motivation each possesses. They didn’t need any prodding to invest hours of sweat equity in their games and the franchise’s future. But Rodney Stuckey prodded, just the same.

He started midway through last season, enjoying the best stretch of his career under a coach whose handling brought out the best in him, when he began encouraging teammates to spend good chunks of their off-season working out in Auburn Hills.

NEW YORK and LONDON, Oct. 4, 2012 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) will return to London with its third regular-season game in Europe featuring the three-time NBA champion Detroit Pistons and the two-time champion New York Knicks, the league announced today.

NBA London Live 2013 will take place on Jan. 17, 2013 at The O2 which will host its seventh NBA game, including four preseason games, since 2007. Tickets will go on sale on Oct. 30 at www.theo2.co.uk.

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