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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.
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Since: Oct 30, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:44 am
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

What a shock Piston player skip shoot around, here's a novel idea how about the Pistons skip paying these players. Sorry guys we are protesting your protest and we simply are not paying you this month.

A team's spokesperson provided (suspicious) medical excuses for McGrady and Prince, but had no explanation for why Wilcox and Hamilton missed shootaround. Additionally, and showed up late, according to the paper.


T MAC and Prince now these is a couple of overpaid never was players. TMAC especially. Wilcox and Stuckey have done nothing in this league to earn any favor for this action. At least TMAC and Prince we know they are primodonnas. TMAC has destryoed any team unity on every team he has been on.


Detroit's coach, John Kuester, has had his this season. Hamilton said he was by how Kuester handled his minutes while Prince said his moves were "buffoonery." He's clearly not cut out for managing this drama.
Prince knows how to coach a team does he. AH poor Hamilton offended. How about the Detroit season ticket holders, Do you think they are offended by not only this team actions but the entire year. Like I said earlier do not pay the punks. 

Message for Wilcox remember where you came from sir. If you learned anything at Maryland it was not to abandon your morals for a pathetic team concept of skipping practice. There are other ways less wussy like to display your unhappiness. The other gents fopr lack of a better term, don't know better. You do sir. Remember these individuals will be long gone and we will remember this act for a long time. Perhaps you should give Coach Williams a call, you know him, the guy that taught you how to play basketball.  



Since: May 11, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:03 am
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

You guys got it. The NBA is flooded with a bunch of overpaid, arrogant, dont care players. This situation is an embarrassment and the players laughing at their OWN coach getting ejected is ridiculous. They should be ashamed.'




Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2011 1:57 am
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Nobody was calling Joe Dumars dumb when the Piston won the championship. Being a millionare didn't make you slave, where you have to shut up and do what you're told. The bottom line is it was BS how he handled the situation with Rip he should go. This is the NBA version of the Minnesota Vikings, without the talent. My biggest is T-Mac remember last summer no one wanted you, but I guess he's standing by his team.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 1:45 am
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

But either way, he'll take the fall... just as all coaches do in these situations..... the players?  They continue to make millions of dollars, whine every day, put forth half the effort they should at times and live like kings financially for the rest of their lives....
If it makes you feel any better, there was a recent study/survey done that found between 70%-80% of former NBA players was flat broke within 4 years of ending their playing career.  Even guys like Antoine Walker, Iverson, and many others who made top dollar are ending up broke.



Since: Apr 8, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 1:37 am
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

lololololololololololololol........

ray charles and stevie wonder could see MELO was a rare player...biggest draft bust since ryan leaf!!!! Darko 2, only an idoit would say that!



Since: Jul 29, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2011 11:16 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Funny how a recent powerhouse has turned into a laughing stock of a team. The players were wrong for being spoiled brats and the coach is the worst in the NBA. I have no hope for this team in the forseeable future and the sale of the team has killed us.



Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:52 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Joe Dum -bass - ars should have hired Bill Laimbeer.  No question.  Dumars was once thought to be a very good and smart GM.  THEN...drafted Darko, traded Chauncey, signed Gordon and Villanueva to those ridiculous contracts and dismantled what was once a proud franchise.  I am a diehard from north of Detroit.  It is absolutely painful to watch this pathetic excuse for a team.
Joe D needs to kick the coach out on his "Kuester".  Then, a new owner absolutely has to come in and show he actually gives a crap and then relieve Joe D of his GM duties.This team will once again be a playoff contender, but not for at least two or three years... SIGH

I agree 100 percent with everything you said EXCEPT the Darko comment.  Dumars took a lot of heat for that pick when in reality every scout, analyst and gm everywhere had Darko ranked top 5 with most having him ranked at number 2 or 3 overall.

The pick was a bust... but it Dumars wasn't picking there, somebody else would have taken Darko there in a second...

Everything else you said was spot on though...



Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:36 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Pathetic. And Ben Wallace? Really? Detroit is doing charity work by paying him a salary to go out and take up space every so often. The guy is a joke. The coach should protest and show up late and ask for more talent and less punks he has to deal with.



Since: May 16, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:31 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

This is why nobody watches the NBA anymore. It's nothing but a bunch of spoiled, whining, egomaniac, ghetto ingrates. They care nothing about the team, the fans, their teammates, etc. All they care about is themselves and their paycheck. I hope they go on strike forever.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2011 10:07 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

This is why the NBA is by far the WORST of all pro sports.   I will watch the House Wifes of Inner Detroit before I watch an NBA game!!


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