Gores was asked about a possible contract extension for Drummond, the team’s standout center. He spoke highly of Drummond but did not elaborate on any possible negotiations. He did say keeping Drummond in the fold is a priority. (Photo by Montez Miller/Tell Us Detroit)

   

 
 

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Gores says keeping Drummond a priority for Pistons after loss to Magic

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DETROIT - On the day the Detroit Pistons opened their new training facility, owner Tom Gores discussed his hopes for the upcoming season.

Not surprisingly, he’d like more progress after the team made a brief playoff appearance a season ago.

The Pistons opened the preseason with a 115-91 loss to the Orlando Magic on Monday night at LCA in Detroit.

With 20 turnovers, it wasn’t pretty, but coach Dwane Casey was more concerned with the approach that the result.

“We have to do more,” Gores said. “Coach said it up there. He thinks we’re in great shape, a lot better than we were last year, when we made the playoffs. We need to get through the playoffs. We’ve got to win in the playoffs.”

With 4:33 left in the first quarter of the preseason opener against the Orlando Magic, Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey sent in reserves.

A murmur was heard from the home crowd as Derrick Rose stood from the Pistons bench.

By the time public address announcer John Mason finished announcing Rose’s first appearance at Little Caesars Arena, a loud ovation awaited the former NBA MVP.

Detroit has made the playoffs twice in the past four seasons, but the Pistons were swept in the first round both times. Last season it was at the hands of the Milwaukee Bucks. It was Casey’s first season as Detroit’s coach, and the Pistons were limited when Blake Griffin — after a terrific season — wasn’t fully healthy in the playoffs.


 

 
 

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