It seems that a few points need to be made: 1. The NBDL did not exist while Darko was here, or he would have spent 1-2 years there developing. Since it wasn't, he had to develope on an NBA team that featured five integral parts (plus) Dyess. There was no super star to work around. The team only played up to potential when all five parts were playing. It's down to four parts now, but the same basic premise still applies. 2. Joe believes that the current team can still compete at a high level. Perhaps even win the regular season Eastern title. He's not going to make major changes on the off chance that they MIGHT produce and ECF winner. 3. That means that AJ an Jmax will still only get marginal time because when they play, some of our top four have to sit, and Flip is afraid we won't win if they play very much. 4. Young players develop in one of two ways: one, their team sucks at their position so they the get a lot of chances to play, or; two, a regular get injured badly enough that the rookie gets an extended opportunity. So far, neither of these has happened to the Pistons for FOUR years!!! Perhaps, we need to pray for a serious injury that would keep one of our four out for two-three months. Flip/Joe would have no recourse but to play our get new blood. I'm not enamured with Flip, but as long as our four stay healthy, we're not going to develop anyone very well!!