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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: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:51 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

Since: Mar 14, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:49 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

What I don't understand is why Joe Dumars is not taking heat from any of the Pistons players.  For me the biggest frustration is with other players from other teams defending Rip's actions; pretty sure Anthony said something not long ago.  The story isn't really that hard to grasp as some make it seem.  Rip was being benched for about 5 games while the NJ/Den/Det, which seemed to be a done deal, was finalized.  Shortly after the trade fell through, Rip pouted because the head of security went to escort him to Kuester, rather the Kuester "showing him the respect" he obviously felt he deserved.  This was the whole turning point in the Rip vs Kuester battle.  Had he of gotten over his pride, he wouldn't even be here.  Crying like a spoiled brat made him impossible to trade.  This team is now practically garbage.

The NBA is getting so hard for me to watch.  It seems as if the NBA is trying to market the game to a segment of the population which most fans don't identify themselves with.  Every player worth anything wants to have a superstar team, making it impossible to keep talent in smaller market frachises (Denver, Utah, Minnesota, Cleveland...)  If you want to contract the nba to say 20 teams, I'm all for having less scrubs floating around team to team. But as constructed, it seems as if there will only be 4 viable teams within the next 3-5 years.  Knicks, Heat, Bulls, and wherever Howard and Paul decide to play.

Since: Oct 24, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:39 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Sorry buddy.... this is the NBA---- Coach is done!!!!!!!!!!!!

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 9:30 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Wow...the inmates are running the asylum....release them all...better yet ship them to Toronto.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 8:48 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

If the owner did tie the hands of Dumars then that is not bright, because the team is probably worth less now. If the owner didn't say that, then Dumars is senile or not interested.

Where was Joe Dumars last year? Or the year before? Or the year before that?  He stood by and watched this team deteriorate... and when he finally did something 2 years ago he went out and overpaid for 2 mediocre free agents nobody was rushing to sign....

Keister isn't communicating about why he's playing the players he's playing - which is normally okay if there is any semblance of logic to what a coach is doing - but nobody can see it.

Keister has had NOTHING to work with... any team in the NBA without at least one superstar is useless...  every single contender has at least one superstar on the team making max money or about to be in that position... the Pistons have nothing.... Prince, Hamilton, Wallace,,,, all of these players left their best days behind them... not the same players anymore and probably never will be.   They need to play the kids more.. full time minutes for the kids should be automatic....

As for how he handled Hamilton, how do we know he wasn't instructed to handle that situation just like he did by Dumars?  According to the rumours that were going on for weeks, there was a 3way trade almost made about 10 times with Hamilton being part of that trade between the Nuggets, Nets and Pistons.  When players are about to be traded, the team acquiring them doesn't want to risk injury.  There is hundreds of hours being put in for a 3way trade like that to be pulled off.... even one player like Hamilton being hurt could kill it....  nobody knows if Keister had his hands tied by Dumars and another gm....

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....

Since: Sep 25, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2011 8:36 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Treat em like the kids they are... bench them, or kick them off the team.  I was in elementary school when I learned to respect my coaches<br />

Since: Nov 9, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2011 8:13 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Those Detroit Pistons are whiny babies. If they want to do that, sit them out for a couple games. Al Davis played hardball with Marcus Allen by sitting him in the 90's, certainly you can do the same with these overpaid, entitled babies.

Since: Feb 7, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 8:04 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Shut up and play, you whiners!

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: February 25, 2011 7:55 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Great role models. Fine them, suspend them without pay. Sorry guys when you are paid millions, you can't just pickl up your ball and go home.

Coach always take the blame. In this case, the mediocre play of these players has been a huge factor in the bad year this team is having.

Since: May 14, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2011 7:48 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

The 5 who skipped the whole thing are all veterans on a bad team. Just cut 'em. If you can't make the play-offs with these guys, and they don't want to play, bring in some young guys, pay them the league minimum, and lose just like what's already happening.

And once those 5 are gone, get rid of Kuester. He has to be responsible for some of this train wreck.

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