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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.
Comments

Since: Jul 11, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

I'd like someone who is an expert on the collective bargaining agreement to answer this:  What if Detroit suspended these guys indefinitely?  Or just said they breached their contract and it was null and void?  Could they just be let go with no financial ramifications?  Or put them on a suspended list without pay so they couldn't go to another team?

I'd love to see a team do this and put them in their place.



Since: Jul 6, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:58 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

As a lifetime Warrior fan I can say,if there wasn't a home team in my area I would not be a NBA fan anymore,this is the kind of display that happens every day by these players,Thanks David Stern for ruining a great game!!!



Since: Oct 11, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Hopefully Prince and Hamilton get bought out and come to the C's along with murphy.



Since: Nov 28, 2009
Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

i am a union guy but you sound like an idiot. if a company does not make money then there is no work for the union guy because they go out of buisness. i am for fare is fare but these guys are taking avantage of the situation. when the league contracts we will see who will be crying later.




Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:37 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Another reason why this league offers up such a terrible product.

As another commenter pointed out, we all don't like our boss but we leave that to our bosses boss', etc. to determine who the failed performer.  WE NEVER QUIT ON OUR CUSTOMER.



Since: Apr 6, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:33 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

As a life-long Pistons fan and a Metro-Detroiter, I'd like to share my thoughts.  First of all, for the players to act this way is gutless.  You owe it to the fans to show up for work and play hard.  We ultimately pay the bills by filling The Palace, and we are the ones who have supported you all while wearing red,white, and blue.  The melo-drama taking place off the court, coupled with the obvious lack of interest in winning games, doesn't bring much inspiration to a state in desperate need.
Second, you don't quit on your coach, especially in professional sports.  And you definitely don't think selfishly when your league is in a downward spiral in terms of popularity and you are on the verge of a lock out.  If these guys are interested in quitting, just do it.  Don't act out like a child who isn't getting his way, man up and quit.  Give up the paychecks you have left on the season and walk away until your contract expires or until you are traded.
What's lost in all of this is that these guys play for Detroit, and represent our city and state, and right now they are doing a poor job in all facets.  They owe us(the fans) a lot more than what they have given us this year.  Kuester is a lame duck coach, and he didn't do his job very well, but in no way does that give these guys the right to decide when and if they will work, wether it be in practice or a game.  Time to grow up guys, and tuck your ego's away will you please?



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:32 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

I don't know how much I agree with missing practice, however I do understand being frustrated to the point that you feel something's got to happen.  With that said, it makes perfect sense the Piston' vets decided this was the only recourse available to them, so they took advantage of it. I don't blame them one bit!

Now Joe D., it's your turn. These are the same guys that won you a championship, now you trying to tell me they're not hungry for another one, please!! You apparently aren't doing your job, therefore they have no reason to feel compelled to do theirs!



Since: Jan 26, 2008
Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:24 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Pistons have been skipping games too!

Have you seen this team play? Tracy McGrady couldn't find a job in the WNBA. Overpaid Ben Wallace. Richard Hamilton, you broke that nose like 9 years ago. Stop it. What an awful team, and even worse. Awful people. I wish I was billionaire so I could give them what they deserve. Have them dress every night and watch younger, hungrier people play. 



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:23 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Also, if anyone is silly enough to think the NBA can easily handle a work stoppage (and it's coming)... you're wrong.  Revenue will drop significantly.



Since: Sep 6, 2007
Posted on: February 25, 2011 3:21 pm
 

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Can anyone even imagine this type of behavior in hockey at any level?  It's one thing to quit on a coach, though maybe this Kuester really is THAT bad, it's possible.


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