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Pistons' Hamilton 'offended' by coach Kuester

Posted on: January 24, 2011 3:01 pm
Edited on: January 24, 2011 3:22 pm
Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton says he is "offended" by how he's been treated by coach John Kuester. Posted by Ben Golliver. rip

Stop me if you've heard this one before: Detroit Pistons guard Richard Hamilton is unhappy with his situation and with coach John Kuester. If this sounds familiar, it's because Hamilton has done a superb job of letting everyone know exactly how upset he has been recently. Back in December, he didn't go through a Pistons practice. Earlier this month, he was benched and then went off on Kuester after the game, only to be benched again and again as trade rumors involving Hamilton being moved to the New Jersey Nets swirled. 

On Monday, the Detroit Free Press reported that Hamilton says he feels "offended" because Kuester did not approach him directly to iron out their differences, instead relying on an intermediary.
Hamilton told the Free Press on Sunday morning that Kuester's attempt to reach out to him consisted of Jerry Hendon, the team's security head, coming to him a minute before the team was meeting to go over strategy for Saturday's game with Phoenix to tell him Kuester wanted to talk to him.
"I felt offended that he sent Jerry instead of coming himself or sending an assistant coach," Hamilton said. "I could tell Jerry was uncomfortable and I said no."
He didn't say how or when, but Kuester told the media Saturday evening that he tried to make a connection with his shooting guard. Hamilton hasn't played in seven games since becoming the subject of trade talks with New Jersey and Denver and lost his starting position to Rodney Stuckey.
"We made overtures and one of the things that's important is he is somebody that's on our team now," Kuester said before Saturday's game. "We know that and we've reached out to him."
One thing is self-evident: These two guys are badly in need of a conflict mediator. 

When you're upset and feeling disrespected, as Hamilton clearly is, it's easy to perceive every minor incident as a slight, projecting negative motivations upon the source of your anger or frustration.

Generally speaking, Kuester doesn't owe Hamilton much of anything. He's the coach, his playing time and rotations decisions are final, and he's charged with managing the egos and personalities of an entire team, not cow-towing to an individual player, even if its a respected veteran. 

With that said, Kuester isn't faultless here, by any means. He knew weeks ago that he was going to make a season-shifting decision in his use of Hamilton.  That he didn't convey that news directly, respectfully and in a fully explained manner to begin with led to the hurt feelings that continue to manifest weeks later. Given how obviously upset Hamilton has become, Kuester really had two choices: reach out directly to Hamilton to squash the beef, or keep him away from the team indefinitely until he calms down.

That he sloppily attempted a middle road turns this into a "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice shame on me" situation. Kuester needs to re-assert his authority or the headlines will continue.

Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: February 7, 2011 10:04 am

Pistons' Hamilton 'offended' by coach Kuester

Kuester obviously has some things to learn regarding communication and interpersonal relationships. He sent the head of team security to tell Hamilton he wanted to talk? Seriously? In my experience, if someone really wants to talk to you, they go and talk to you. If they don't want to talk to you but want to pretend they do so they can later claim innocence and point the finger at someone else, they do something like what Kuester did.

If this is the way Kuester handles his players, he is not well-suited to coach in the NBA.

Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: January 25, 2011 7:58 am

Pistons' Hamilton 'offended' by coach Kuester

I will re-iterate Kuesters is an idiot and basically a lame duck coach. This moron will be fired after the season if he lasts that long. As a head coach you should have open communication with all of your players, especially one who has been a model citizen and was a huge key to their last championship. Either trade him or play him.

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: January 25, 2011 2:21 am

Pistons' Hamilton 'offended' by coach Kuester

Of course this would be the response coming from a bull's fan that haven't done squat since jordan left!

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 6:32 pm

Pistons' Hamilton 'offended' by coach Kuester

Withh all the talk about players not giving 100% The Detroit Pistons have never had a problem with Rip Hamilton. This is directly on the coach here. You mean he could not take 10 minutes and sit down and just talk. this coach is a FLAKE

Since: Jun 7, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2011 6:22 pm

Pistons' Hamilton 'offended' by coach Kuester

You don't bench a player that help you win a championship and can still help you win, he's represented the team well.  Rodney Stuckey, was suppose to fill the shoes of Billups and wasn't capable.  Rip is in the later years of his career play him or trade him, but don't disrespect him.

Since: May 18, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 4:59 pm

Pistons' Hamilton 'offended' by coach Kuester

I know it does sound a little childish of Rip. I mean, from an article the other day. It did say the head coached had not been playing him and just benched him without talking to him and explaining him why. To see that, with a guy like Rip who did a lot for this franchise in the last decade. That is insulting, and if I were Rip. I would be upset as well. The last article I read on here. It seemed like the coach and Dumars kind of just didn't put him in the lineup and never said anything to him. I think he deserves more respect from this franchise.

Since: May 9, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 4:04 pm

Pistons' Hamilton 'offended' by coach Kuester

Oh poor baby.  Did your feelings get hurt because the big bad coach didn't want to talk to you?? You're a 32 y/o man.  Act like it.

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