One reason Richard Hamilton, left, and Ben Gordon say they should have no problems playing together is because they have different styles of play. Gordon likes to create his own shot, while Hamilton likes coming off screens. (Clarence Tabb, Jr./The Detroit News)
Almost immediately after Ben Gordon signed with the Pistons in July, the questions began.
Can Gordon and Richard Hamilton coexist in the same lineup?
After all, the Pistons attempted a fairly similar experiment last season with Allen Iverson and Hamilton.
That, for anyone who cares to remember, didn't fare so well.
Hamilton insists this is different. The two former Connecticut standouts will thrive, with each one on the floor, Hamilton said.
"It's going to be great," he said, looking re-energized and refreshed after a summer in which he got married. "It's a blessing adding (Gordon) to our team. It takes a load off of me with his scoring. All that stuff he brings to the offensive end, it's a big plus for us."
Pistons coach John Kuester has maintained both players need to be -- and will be -- on the court together. He envisions both players playing in the backcourt, or Gordon at the shooting guard and Hamilton at small forward.
But Kuester is excited about the prospect of Gordon and Hamilton on the floor together.
"There is no question about that," Kuester said. "We'll have a number of times where you see Ben Gordon and Rip Hamilton on the court at the same time. We have to be efficient, and we have to be effective with it."
One subtle reason why this pairing could work is that Gordon is comfortable distributing the ball. That's an area Iverson sometimes found difficult.
Gordon seems eager to expand his overall game.
"Our games are different," said Gordon, of his and Hamilton's styles. "Me playing with the basketball in my hands and having Rip come off screens. He's one of the best shooters in the league.
"When you have shooters like myself and Rip in the backcourt, it's tough to deal with (for teams)."
The Pistons began training camp Tuesday with two practices. There was a team dinner the night before, with Kuester addressing the team.
Kuester has already spent considerable time implementing the team's defensive and offensive staples.
"Those things we'll preach every day," he said. "It's so important to what we want to accomplish."
Kuester was eager to get started Tuesday morning.
"Once you get in-between the lines, you're ready to what you want to accomplish," Kuester said. "I felt very comfortable and confident going into this."
The NBA is about to enforce limitations on players regarding social networking sites such as Twitter.
That could impact forward Charlie Villanueva , who has become an NBA celebrity with his Twitter account.
"That's the Villaneuva rule," smiled Villaneuva, who posted a Twitter update during halftime last season while he was in Milwaukee.
"Twitter is all fun and games," Villaneuva said. "It's a way to stay connected with the fans. The fans deserve that. I have a good time doing it."
By the numbers
A good preseason doesn't always equate into success during the regular season. Here are the Pistons' preseason records in recent seasons: