It didn't go according to Lawrence Frank's outlined plan, but a 12-minute walk-through was more than enough for him to feel comfortable inserting Jose Calderon as starting point guard Monday night.

One can imagine his giddiness when Frank received the "all clear" signal from Pistons assistant general manager George David at around 1:30 p.m. that Calderon's work visa cleared and he could participate in the Pistons' game against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

No point in easing Calderon into the lineup, Frank said.

"You give it some thought, weigh pros and cons," he said. "We just figured, this is the direction we're going, we might as well not wait. It's not like he's a rookie, so we felt comfortable to get the ball rolling now."

Calderon shot more than he probably would've liked, but the Pistons were in dire need of his offense as he scored 15 points on 12 shots and didn't get his first assist until late in the third quarter.

"It's tough. Every time we got to 12 points, they hit two 3s in a row," Calderon said.

It was clear any expectations of a seamless transition were grossly overstated, especially given the circumstances surrounding his debut. To be honest, it probably wouldn't have prevented the Knicks' clinical execution anyway in their 99-85 win at Madison Square Garden.

"I tried to do the best I could, I am thinking too much," Calderon said. "I have to do a better job of figuring out how to get my guys involved. It's only one game.

"They're gonna get used to me, I'm gonna get used to them. With time working together, practice, whatever it takes. We'll be OK. I like what I saw."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130205/SPORTS0102/302050362#ixzz2K2H4KwI8