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How the Detroit Pistons hope team gathering will set the tone for successful season

Before beginning his remarks, Troy Weaver had one important matter to address with the early fall dinner audience, which included Detroit Pistons owner Tom Gores.

Weaver, entering his second season as general manager, noted that several people – including rookie Cade Cunningham – had birthdays on consecutive days recently and he thought it appropriate to acknowledge that. Forward Jerami Grant took it further.

“We need the rooks to stand up and sing Happy Birthday!” Grant yelled.

A grinning Weaver agreed but said the chorus needed to include not just this year’s rookie class of Cade Cunningham, Isaiah Livers and Luka Garza, but also last year’s rookie class of Killian Hayes, Saddiq Bey, Isaiah Stewart and Saben Lee.