AUBURN HILLS — The Pistons fell to 0-8 Monday, the worst start in franchise history. The question now is when will Detroit finally get its first win?
The Pistons will get their first shot on Wednesday when they travel to Philadelphia. The 76ers are 4-3 and coming off a loss to Milwaukee Monday. Philadelphia is playing without center Andrew Bynum, but have still played well.
“Doug Collins’ got (Philadelphia) playing well without Andrew Bynum so it’s not going to get any easier,” Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince said.
If Detroit can’t top the 76ers then their best chance to stop the losing streak is likely Friday at home against Orlando (2-4).
After that the Pistons host Boston Sunday then play at Orlando on Nov. 21, host Toronto on Nov. 23 and play at New York on Nov. 25.
Detroit has not made any excuses for the 0-8 start, but it’s clear the schedule makers didn’t do the team any favors.
“I told you guys before the season started the first seven games is going to be critical because six of them are on the West Coast trip,” Prince said. “If you start off that West Coast trip bad then you put yourselves in a bad position and you’re always going to be fighting an up hill battle. I spoke on it before and now we’re in that situation.”
Frank likes D’Antoni hire
The Lakers surprised quite a few people by hiring Mike D’Antoni to replace the recently fired Mike Brown.
Count Pistons coach Lawrence Frank among those who feel D’Antoni is a good hire for the Lakers.
“Mike is a friend and he’s an outstanding coach,” Frank said. He’s an outstanding coach. He has unique experience in that Kobe (Bryant) grew up idolizing him. He coached Kobe and Dwight (Howard) for the U.S. Olympic team. They ran most of his offensive stuff in it so it’s a little bit of an easier adjustment for him. And obviously his relationship and coaching of Steve Nash at the highest level. He’s an outstanding coach. They obviously have very good players. Once Steve gets back healthy I’m sure they’ll be the team that they want to be.”
The firing of Brown and the search for a new coach, which included the possibility of Phil Jackson coming out of retirement became a bit of a circus over the past few days, but Frank chose not to comment on that part of the process.
“The one thing I learned is unless you’re there, you never quite know,” Frank said. “And sometimes even when you’re there you don’t know. I don’t even try any conjecture. I just know Mike D'antoni is the coach.”
Corey Maggette remains day-to-day with a calf injury. Maggette has yet to play this season.