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Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Posted on: February 25, 2011 2:40 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 2:43 pm
Five members of the Detroit Pistons skipped shootaround on Friday. Posted by Ben Golliver. rip-hamilton

The Detroit Pistons have been a disaster all season, and after the organization failed to move any of its disgruntled veterans prior to Thursday's trade deadline, five players staged a "protest" by skipping practice on Friday, according to the Detroit News.
Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton and Chris Wilcox did not show up to Friday's morning shootaround. Ben Wallace also wasn't present, but has been dealing with an ongoing family matter for the past several weeks.
The players have not been happy with their coach, seemingly all season, for the way he communicates, among other reasons they've given.
A team's spokesperson provided (suspicious) medical excuses for McGrady and Prince, but had no explanation for why Wilcox and Hamilton missed shootaround. Additionally, Austin Daye and Rodney Stuckey showed up late, according to the paper.

Detroit's coach, John Kuester, has had his fair share of battles this season. Hamilton said he was "offended" by how Kuester handled his minutes while Prince said his moves were "buffoonery." He's clearly not cut out for managing this drama.

But even if your coach is terrible and in way over his head, there is no excuse for simply deciding not to show up to work. Certainly Pistons president Joe Dumars will need to discipline those who protested, unless he's joined his players and his fanbase by being past the point of caring anymore.

The Pistons, or whichever portion of the Pistons decides to show up, face off against the Philadelphia 76ers at 7 PM Friday night.

Since: Sep 25, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 1:39 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

When will these dumda$$ players learn that we the fans are sick and tired of their $hit. The NBA is the worst of all professional leagues, the primadonna's make millions and have the absolute worst attitudes....don't get me wrong, there are good professionals that play in this league but for the majority not.

These guys need heavy punishment, and if anything happens to the cost I will NEVER watch a NBA game, period.

The fans pay for all their salaries, owners, players and coaches...try to pull that crap in a real job and see what happens. ENOUGH.

Since: Nov 8, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2011 1:29 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Stern needs to pull his head out of his rear.Dumars & Isiah Thomas, one of the great backcourts in NBA history,are seperately 2 of the worst executives in NBA history, tarnishing their oncestellar reputations.  

Since: Jan 31, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 1:05 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Why teams keep signing Tracy McGrady is beyond me.  He's a cancer through and through.  Richard Hamilton being benched does boggle my mind and I'll be honest, I know nothing about this head coach but why McGrady is still being paid by the Pistons or any other team is mind boggling to me.

Since: May 1, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:46 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

The League should step in for integreity of the game. These players should be expelled from playing basketball as well as voiding thier contracts. They cheated thier team by not showing up for practice and throwing the game.

Since: Aug 17, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:40 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Why should anybody be suprised? This is what the NBA is coming to these days!

Its should be renamed to the NJA


Joke Association

Since: Sep 3, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:37 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

disgust, shame, unproffesional and disgraceful. suspend them all and fine them game checks. teach these little bitches a lesson. they should be made an example of in a community that is known for hard work ethic. these ho's should be sat for the season greatly afecting their ability to earn in the future. prince is a spoiled little baby and has no passion left for the game. rip is an arrogant ball hog who shoots about 30 something percent now. mcgrady is stuck in the body of a 40 something. wilcox is nobody and should be happy to be in the nba cause he wouldnt make the roster of 99% of the league. stucky is nothing but a follower who has talent but no will. and ben would have had no career if not for the pistons.

Since: May 17, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:19 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

They must have been inspired by the Wisconsin democrats.  Maybe they can go to Illinois and hide out with them. Good riddance.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:18 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Can we just say that , , and  are among the least, professional athletes in America at the moment?  I sure am glad that Barkley set us straight that basketball players are NOT role models.

Since: Sep 16, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2011 12:16 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

is this honestly surprising anyone? the nba has languished because of guaranteed contracts and kaiser sterns unabashed love of superstar big market basketball (well, more like And1 without all the excitement). this "game" is no longer marketed for the fans.
the best solution is for the league to contract to 10 teams: mia, orl, bos, chi, nyk, dal, sa, lal, port, and pho. have a 50 game season with 3 rounds of playoffs. every team will be full of stars. contracts will not be guaranteed and for 10yrs so the players don't have all the power. remove the coaches and the refs. throw the ball up and let them play. no fouling out and allow fighting. then you may have a product worth watching. no way i will watch another "basketball" player dribble at the top of the key for 20 seconds before lowering his shoulder and bulling through the defense just to draw a foul. the fans should be the ones quitting!

Since: Oct 10, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:30 am

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

The direct cause of all the tropuble with the Detroit team comes from a draft a few years ago when Detroit had the #2 pick over all, and totally wiffed on it
Yeah that was a tough season after the draft.  They won the championship that year!!!  There was a need to keep the starters in place so they took a flier on a high risk high reward guy.  It didn'y work out  in the long run but it allowed them to win it all that year.  I doubt Dumars would do anything differently in that draft aside from maybe trading down.

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