It was time for a little joking around from Corey Maggette.

He was asked Thursday how he was holding up physically after three days of training camp -- a fair question for a 13-year veteran that rehabbed several injuries over the summer.

"I'm doing OK; the old guy's hanging in there," he said with a grin.

Maggette, 32, has been a full participant in camp with no setbacks, and he's looking forward to the regular season.

"This is a great opportunity to work with the young guys," he said. "I'm helping them out, they're helping me out. I'm getting better in shape, and my body feels good. That's what is important."

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank says Maggette has set a tone.

"This guy go-gets it," Frank said. "He is after it. He's an attacker, he's relentless with it. Look, when you step on that wood, it is competition. It doesn't matter, it could be your best friend, you're going for blood. You're going right after it, and then when you go in that locker room, you are brothers."

NOTEBOOK: Maggette is ready to follow a point guard entering his second season. Maggette proclaimed Brandon Knight the leader of the Pistons. He has taken to calling him the "franchise player."