Enemy Lines: A rival scout sizes up the Pistons

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The Pistons' big frontcourt features (from left) Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.

The Pistons' big frontcourt features (from left) Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond.

Billups, in reality, is going to be the coach for this team because Mo Cheeks and his staff aren't strong. Cheeks [who previously coached the Trail Blazers and 76ers] has never been an X's-and-O's guy or a disciplinarian. When he's had good veteran players, he's had success. But when he's had a young group that looked for leadership, that hasn't been there because he's a quiet guy. By about the 10th game this year, the players from last year's team will realize they had a good coach then [Lawrence Frank] with a creative mind.

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