AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – The Detroit Pistons announced their 2012-13 local television schedule today with 80 of the team’s regular-season games being televised by FOX Sports Detroit and FOX Sports Detroit Plus. Including one ESPN broadcast as part of the NBA’s national television schedule, 81 of the club’s 82 regular-season games will be available on television. All Pistons games will be available on either 97.1 FM The Ticket or WWJ 950 AM.

It’s starting to feel like home. I just finished getting all my furniture, my bed, everything into my new place last week. My parents are coming to visit me shortly from their home in South Carolina. My sister, Brittney, who is 24, came up with me the first time I came to Detroit. She’s about to start a new life, too, moving to Los Angeles and getting into the concierge service business.

The Pistons were kicking along at 4-19 last winter when Lawrence Frank inserted Jason Maxiell in the starting lineup at power forward. Playing their third game in three nights, the first two blowout losses at Milwaukee and New York, they lost at New Jersey but played hard and had a shot to win in the closing seconds. From 4-20, they went 21-21 down the stretch.

The Pistons will have at least six new faces on the roster this season, five rookies plus trade acquisition Corey Maggette. But the contention Lawrence Frank made as last season ended – that their greatest opportunity for progress rested on internal improvement – likely will be the case for the 2012-13 season. Off-season gains made by young players Greg Monroe, Brandon Knight, Rodney Stuckey and Jonas Jerebko are the Pistons’ surest path to immediate progress.

And toward that end, Frank is greatly encouraged by the signs of summer.

The Pistons have roster commitments to the NBA’s full complement of 15 players and are bringing in five rookies. But Will Bynum appears to have a clearer path to playing time this season than last.

The June trade that sent Ben Gordon to Charlotte could very well limit the amount of time Rodney Stuckey is available to play point guard behind starter Brandon Knight. With Gordon out of the picture, the first guard off the bench – at least as the roster stands today – comes down to Bynum and second-round rookies Kim English and Khris Middleton.

I’m getting settled in Detroit, just having arrived here last week after spending a month of good family time. I hadn’t seen my family very much at all for the last whole year, so it was great to get some quality time with them. We took a trip to the Oregon coast, I got a chance to go up to the University of Oregon and work out with my brother there, and I went down to LA for a while and got to spend some time with my sister.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. ¬– The Detroit Pistons announced today the details of three exciting 10-game plans that are now on sale for the 2012-13 season. The “BIG Game Plan” features match-ups against eight playoff teams from a year ago and marquee contests against the Los Angeles Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Boston Celtics and Oklahoma City Thunder. The “BIG Weekend Plan” features 10 games all falling on Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays and includes match-ups against the NBA Champion Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, Chicago Bulls and Boston Celtics.

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