The first thing to know about Detroit Pistons point guard Will Bynum is that he doesn't lack confidence. Put him with a center who never lived in an English-speaking country before and he turns translator. Put him with a point guard who could send him packing for another team this summer and all he wants to do is play alongside the guy.
The Pistons went into NBA All-Star break with a 96-85 win Wednesday over the Washington Wizards and their backup point guard, now challenged by the newcomer Jose Calderon's incredible acumen at the position, was instrumental in taking over his position down the stretch, with Calderon moving to shooting guard.
It didn't seem strange to Bynum, who after 13 lead changes and the last of 13 ties scored the next six points, then kicked to Calderon for a corner 3-pointer to make it 85-76, as the Pistons seized control in the final five minutes.
"It's kind of what the league is doing right now," Bynum said of closing the game alongside Calderon. "It creates matchup problems for the other team."
As for the prospect of having a newcomer at his position who earns an eight-figure salary, Bynum, a free agent after this season, said that doesn't enter his thinking.
"I'm never concerned about any competition or anything like that," he said. "I invite that. It's been here since I've been here. Never complained. I'm going to get after it every day and make him better and better every single day."
And take away his security blanket -- the pick-and-roll lob for an Andre Drummond dunk, which had become the Pistons' signature offensive play this season until the rookie center was injured last week -- and Bynum simply sets about establishing some of the same chemistry with the next 7-footer who comes along.
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