One can imagine if Brandon Knight felt slightly disrespected when hearing new acquisition Jose Calderon would immediately become the starting point guard upon his arrival from Toronto.

After all, the Pistons publicly stated upon drafting Knight they would put the ball in his hands and let him grow, pains and all. Knight's growth was also a reason Pistons coach Lawrence Frank balked at reinserting Rodney Stuckey back into the starting lineup, since Stuckey wanted to have the ball in his hands more.

But Knight said he's excited about playing next to Calderon in the starting lineup, not taking it as a demotion or some type of signal from management that it no longer believes in his potential.

"I'm just looking forward to us having a new look, a new start, in general. Having a different look might really help us," Knight said. "I'm looking at all the positive possibilities that can come of this."

Knight didn't get off to a smashing start as shooting guard Tuesday against the Knicks, with five points (2-of-10 shooting), but there weren't too many people besides Calderon who had a game going anyway.

Being able to score from the wing as opposed to up top can be a little similar to Knight's lone year at Kentucky, where their dribble-drive offense allowed players to be aggressive from all sides of the floor.

"It's the same, I just think when you start the play the defense is already set," Knight said. "If you catch the defense rotating, guys are closing out to you instead of already being in place.

When you start a play, sometimes it's an advantage because you can attack before the defense gets set. At the end of it, it's just basketball."



From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130206/SPORTS0102/302060327#ixzz2K87IQeMN