Even when he's hurt, Richard Hamilton continues to be the Pistons' biggest story.
Hamilton was unavailable to play Tuesday against San Antonio because of a sore groin, but he was surrounded by reporters afterward, seeking insights on the month-long controversy between him and head coach John Kuester. Hamilton was benched and didn't play in 13 consecutive games -- though he was ill for three of them -- until he surprisingly played in Milwaukee on Saturday and scored 15 points in 20 minutes.
"You can blame me. You can blame everybody," said Hamilton, who is doubtful to play Wednesday at Cleveland. "I'm not a person who always says it's just one-sided. It's crazy how the situation went down."
It's questionable when he'll play again, even when he recovers from his minor injury, which he blamed in part to not going through his normal pregame routine. Rodney Stuckey returned Tuesday after missing the previous five games with a right shoulder contusion and played 28 minutes. In all likelihood, Hamilton would not have played because Kuester prefers a four-guard rotation.
His teammates, particularly veterans Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace, have been highly supportive of Hamilton and critical of Kuester for the benching.
"The guys in the locker room, they want to see me out there, want to see me perform, they want me to be in the battle with them," he said. "Those are guys I owe a lot to because they kept me motivated throughout this whole situation."
That situation seems a long way from being resolved. Hamilton admits it has been a long time since he and Kuester spoke one-on-one.
"It's one of those things that I feel should never have happened in the first place," he said. "If it was something that needed to get resolved, it should have been resolved after the first game I sat, not 30 days later."
SPURS 100, PISTONS 89: San Antonio made six 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and 10 for the game as it pulled away in the late going Tuesday. The Spurs shot 52.9 percent with six players reaching double figures and outrebounded Detroit 45-35.
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