LeBron James Believes in Detroit Pistons If They Follow Miami Heat Example

Dan FavaleFeatured ColumnistOctober 10, 2013

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LeBron James believes in many things. 

He believes in making it rain powder before opening tip. He believes in rooting for evil sports conglomeratesAnd he believes that when it comes to working out, the more fire present and the less clothes on, the better.

More recently, he believes in the Detroit Pistons, who added Chauncey Billups, Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith to a core of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe over the summer.

LeBron thinks Detroit can make it work.
LeBron thinks Detroit can make it work.J. Dennis/Einstein/Getty Images

“I think only time will tell, but they definitely improved their roster bringing in Jennings and Josh, and Big Shot [Billups] as well,” James said, per ESPN's Michael Wallace. “[On] paper, they look like they can be pretty good this year.”

LeBron's Miami Heat are no stranger to looking good on paper. Their lineup cards have been intimidating for more than three years now. Along with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, he also understands the challenges Detroit is facing.

With so many new and prominent faces, it can be difficult to adjust. When stars collide, the results aren't always pretty. Or even watchable. The same holds true each time a confluence of second-tier talents join forces too. Sacrifices must be made or partnerships run the risk of failing.

Can the Pistons emulate the Heat?
Can the Pistons emulate the Heat?Alexander Tamargo/Getty Images

As someone who has put many of his old impulses aside since arriving in Miami, LeBron urged the new-look Pistons to streamline a team-first mentality, just like the Heat have done.

“No individual can do it by himself,” James said. “But they have a lot of talent. If they buy into what Mo Cheeks is trying to preach to them, then they're really going to be pretty good.” 

Tell that to Brandon "I had to take all those shots" Jennings. No seriously, LeBron, tell him. Jennings actually thought his job while on the Milwaukee Bucks was to ignore his teammates.

In Detroit, next to an ill-advisded, jump-shot happy J-Smoove and a score-first big in Monroe, constantly letting them fly isn't going to, well, fly. Jennings and everyone else in the Motor City must be unselfish.

They must be more like the Heat. But, you know, sans two of the greatest players in NBA history and a star-ish power forward who doubles as a center and triples as a squawking ostrich.