Pistons' Joe Dumars expects right attitude from potential draftees BY PERRY A. FARRELL FREE PRESS SPORTS WRITER For Pistons president Joe Dumars, drafting a potential NBA player means more than just watching film and conferring with scouts, especially when dealing with a youngster who has to exhibit patience and talent to keep team chemistry in order. Dumars said if you asked Austin Daye, DaJuan Summers or Jonas Jerebko what his conversations with Dumars were like before being drafted, "They would tell you that during the pre-draft meetings we had with them before the draft we talked to them about what's going to happen when you're not playing for two months. "Guys are like, 'I'll be able to handle it.' And what I say to guys is, 'It's easy to say that today because the draft is in two weeks and you really want your name called out. I'm sure you're willing to say whatever to me right now, but that's going to be real and that's going to be a reality for you. Don't tell me today you're going to be OK with it and think that once it starts you're going to be able to sulk and pout and get sympathy from me. It's not going to happen.' " Jerebko eventually became a starter and key contributor while Summers sat and seemed to handle the situation a tad bit better than Daye, who was the team's first-round pick and is younger than both Jerebko and Summers. Daye turns 22 on Saturday. Dumars said he issues a warning during his chats with potential picks. "If you can't handle this you may want to raise your hand and say something to me right now that I may struggle with this, because if you come here and you struggle with this you and I are going to have a problem," he said. "Don't tell me you can do this. I know this is tough for them. What I'm saying to them is don't react the wrong way to it. I expect it to be tough, but I don't want to see any attitude." Contact PERRY A. FARRELL: 313-222-2555 or firstname.lastname@example.org. ________________________________________ Is this posturing?