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Dumars backs coach Kuester after Pistons protest

Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:54 pm
Edited on: February 28, 2011 3:01 pm
 
Detroit Pistons president Joe Dumars has issued a statement of support for coach John Kuester. Posted by Ben Golliver. kuester-dumars

It has been a rocky week for the Detroit Pistons, after reports surfaced that multiple players skipped shootaround as a protest against coach John Kuester last Friday. Ken Berger of CBSSports.com reported over the weekend that the team fined both Richard Hamilton and Chris Wilcox for their unexecused absences, and then video surfaced of multiple players laughing when Kuester was ejected from Friday night's game. 

On Monday, Pistons president Joe Dumars moved to tamp down the drama, issuing a statement of support for Kuester.
“First of all, John Kuester has my full support as we try to make a push towards the postseason over these last 21 games.  We’ve had a long and proud history of being a first class organization that handles its business the right way.  We expect everyone that represents the Detroit Pistons to do so in a first class manner and that will continue as we move forward.”
Also, on Monday, the Associated Press reported that Hamilton and Kuester have apparently patched things up. 
Detroit's Richard Hamilton says he met with coach John Kuester recently in an effort to repair their relationship. Hamilton wouldn't specify when he and Kuester spoke. He took passes from the coach while shooting at the end of practice Monday.
Dumars' hands are likely tied by ongoing ownership uncertainty, as negotiations for the sale of the team continue to drag on. While cutting ties with Kuester was the most obvious play, that's easier said than done because it puts his successor in a tough spot, knowing that the players were able to bully their coach out of a job.

Really, this statement reads like someone trying to buy time. In effect: Let's just get through this season and figure things out this summer. You can almost hear Dumars counting down those last 21 games, can't you? 21 ... 20 ... 19 ... 18 ...  

One thing was obvious: Dumars had to act to stop the endless onslaught of negative headlines. It's not clear whether this statement of support will accomplish anything meaningful, but it should ease tensions in the short-term. That's better than nothing.
Comments

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 11:13 pm
 

Dumars backs coach Kuester after Pistons protest

I have been a Pistons fan for 30 plus years, I have never been more disappointed in the entire organization. Let Illich buy the team and get us back to a winning franchise.

I think I"m more disappointed in Joe Dumars then I am anybody else the last few years.  He's been a joke of a gm... he flat out did nothing at all to improve this team but rush out and spend money on 2 free agents that nobody else wanted a couple years ago.  Instead of rebuilding 3 or 4 years ago when we were going nowhere and when guys like Rip and Prince were worth a lot in return he sat around and just watch this team die.
I say the new owner should come in, fire Dumars and instruct the new GM to tear it all up.  Keep Monroe, Daye, Stuckey and Bynum and dump everybody else.  I don't care if the rest of the players are just draft picks and from developmental leagues or overseas.   They need to start over.... do things right......
It's an embarassment to be a Pistons fan right now.... as for the idiots that protested, they shouldn't be allowed to play one more minute for the Pistons this year.... but I know that'll never happen.  Unions rule in sports these days and the CBA doesn't allow for harsh penalties like that... too bad though, it would show the millionaire players who is boss...



Since: Jul 9, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 10:15 pm
 

Dumars backs coach Kuester after Pistons protest

It's sad to see such a great franchise in recent years turn into the Eastern Conference Equivalent to the Sacramento Kings.

 

Except with a worse coach.




Since: Apr 4, 2008
Posted on: February 28, 2011 7:28 pm
 

Dumars backs coach Kuester after Pistons protest

I have been a Pistons fan for 30 plus years, I have never been more disappointed in the entire organization. Let Illich buy the team and get us back to a winning franchise.



Since: Jun 4, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:46 pm
 

Dumars backs coach Kuester after Pistons protest

This season has become a complete joke. Management all the way to the players. Seems like theirs no heart.



Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 5:00 pm
 

Dumars backs coach Kuester after Pistons protest

Really?  That's the best picture you could find of Dumars and Kuestar?  It looks like a bank manager (Kuestar) on minority customer appreciation day.  As someone who watches the Sixers I was disappointed in their selection of Doug Collins last off season.  I wanted Patrick Ewing to be given a shot to be a head coach and specifically get our big men into the game more. To his credit Doug Collins has gotten all of his players into the game more and what they lack in talent they are making up for in hard work and effort.  Talent still dominates in this league, but the Miami Heat are a good example of how important teamwork (or lack thereof) is.  The Heat will be good but the players need to be brought into a team system.  But I digress, the Pistons are the team imploding.  Players past their prime, but with attitudes as current as today's weather.  If Charlie Sheen played basketball, he'd be a Piston this week.


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