Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey stood in front of his locker Friday night, answering questions in his usual monotone, when he was asked if he fouled Sacramento's Jason Thompson on a block attempt late in the third quarter.

As Stuckey began to give his standard answer, a voice piped in from across the room:

"Yo, that was a great play."

The voice was rookie guard Brandon Knight, who was smiling as he exited. Then Stuckey smiled, an act we hadn't seen much of over the past few years.

It might not mean much on the surface, but basketball has seemed like a chore to Stuckey. He didn't really enjoy the game. After all, nobody likes losing and combined with the turmoil he had a part in last season, it's easy to see why there wasn't much to smile about.