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Wednesday, August 7th, 2013 at 10:50 am  |  37 responses

Brandon Jennings Wants to Bring ‘Lob City’ to Detroit


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

The Detroit Pistons’ new point guard says he’s a changed man. He also plans to bring back excitement to the basketball-crazed city, which hasn’t sniffed the Playoffs in four seasons.

Brandon Jennings thinks he can help generate some of that “Lob City” magic in Motown, and promises to be a more willing passer going forward.

Per the Detroit Free Press and News:

He said he wanted to return to his high school roots, when he sought out teammates instead of his shot. “This is a new beginning for me,” Jennings said. Joe Dumars was happy to hear his newest point guard espouse the company line. Of course, he figured it was coming. Before Dumars agreed to trade Brandon Knight to Milwaukee for Jennings, he laid out a few conditions. “Let’s put the cards on the table,” Dumars told Jennings. “We don’t need the quick launching. Not here. Not happening.”

“I definitely have to change my game, for my teammates and myself to be successful,” Jennings said. “We have a great frontcourt and some great vets. The things I was doing in Milwaukee, I don’t have to do here. Taking all those bad shots, I don’t have to do here.” He pointed to a franchise on the other side of the country, the explosive and exciting Los Angeles Clippers, as inspiration for what the Pistons could become: a “Lob City” in the Midwest, and if that happens, Jennings will engineer it all. “They’re going to make my job easier and I’m going to make their job easier,” he said. “We could bring Lob City to Detroit this year.”

Jennings became a model of inefficiency during his tenure with the Milwaukee Bucks, shooting a ghastly 40% from the field last season, while averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 assists per game. The 23-year old point guard says that’s all about to change in Detroit, as he joins a locker room with a healthy mix of veterans and youngsters.

“Lob City” of the East sounds nice and all, but the vow from Brandon Jennings to become more of a distributor and discerning shooter has to be music to Pistons fans’ ears.

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  • chris hickling

    He did HAVE to take those bad shots on the bucks… He just chose to

  • vINSANITY

    Did he choose to or have to?

  • robb

    He’ll do fine in Detroit.

  • Dev

    This will be an interesting squad to say the least, but do they have even shooting to spread the floor

  • Madubbs

    Its mind boggling how he’s only 23 and could easily change his game well before he hits his prime

  • Basketball_iQ

    Jennings is a natural distributor first,,, but how was he gonna be that in Milwaukee? Now that he’s surrounded by scorers, he doesn’t have to do it as much.

  • spit hot fiyah

    it’s like he know that he wanted to be there all along

  • Stepfan Raiford

    But wasn’t Josh Smith’s shot selection on par with Jennings? Rooting for him though.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    SCORERS??? where at?????

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Yes, that isn’t the square root of the flammable post-it box.

  • Markus437

    Something random I noticed: Two guys named Brandon were traded for each other and both decided to wear #7 Pistons jerseys…

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ
  • ATL dynamite

    You don’t be who you say to be just by saying it.

  • ATL dynamite

    You don’t be who you say to be just by saying it.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s a natural distributor? when? didn’t he score 55 in his 5th career game? naturally, that’s not something a distributor can do.
    .
    oh, and, Detroit has ZERO players who have ever even averaged 19.5PPG, and that person being Brandon Jennings. Not a scorer on the roster.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he’s a natural distributor? when? didn’t he score 55 in his 5th career game? naturally, that’s not something a distributor can do.
    .
    oh, and, Detroit has ZERO players who have ever even averaged 19.5PPG, and that person being Brandon Jennings. Not a scorer on the roster.

  • theDankerNuggets

    good point, both of these guys are talented but are they going to make the right decisions every game for this team to be successful? It’s hard to be confident they will given their track record

  • theDankerNuggets

    good point, both of these guys are talented but are they going to make the right decisions every game for this team to be successful? It’s hard to be confident they will given their track record

  • Aaron

    Josh Smith (17.5PPG), Greg Monroe (16PPG), Andre Drummond (7.9PPG rookie season).

  • Aaron

    Josh Smith (17.5PPG), Greg Monroe (16PPG), Andre Drummond (7.9PPG rookie season).

  • robb

    are you serious? Oh sarcasm, I get it. Lol

  • robb

    are you serious? Oh sarcasm, I get it. Lol

  • LakeShow

    Do it.

    This team can actually be pretty good defensively, thus, they will do pretty good for themselves.

    I like the competitiveness, and parity overall right now. Miami is the only team that is overloaded with prime talent.

  • LakeShow

    Do it.

    This team can actually be pretty good defensively, thus, they will do pretty good for themselves.

    I like the competitiveness, and parity overall right now. Miami is the only team that is overloaded with prime talent.

  • Stepfan Raiford

    That jacket is mean though!!!

  • Stepfan Raiford

    That jacket is mean though!!!

  • LP @ThisisEther

    yov’ve made my point…EXACTLY……..

  • Stepfan Raiford

    I believe Jennings can. Hasn’t even hit his prime yet. If Josh Smith continues to play both ends of the floor and improve his shot selection, they will be alright.

  • RKJ92

    LOL…

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Hope Jennings understood Dumars clearly. “We don’t need the quick launching. Not here. Not happening.”

  • Ishmael Jenkins

    Think you meant to say he didn’t have to…just made an error.

  • ThaWindy

    JD is the coach?

    Who takes the last shot on the DP?

  • theDankerNuggets

    I don’t disagree with you that it could work, just if they play Smith, Monroe and Drummond it’s going to be to be very tricky to make that work on offense and Smith and Jennings’ track record as leaders utilizing everyone’s abilities don’t inspire a lot of confidence

  • LobCity

    I will not be relocating

  • danji

    …his high school days when he sought out his teammates? didn’t he average like35pts at oak hill? lol

  • Max

    Chi and Indy will also be heads above the rest of the East.

  • LakeShow

    True. Nets probably too… Knicks will be nice during the regular season.
    Which is why I like the parity.

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