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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: Jul 10, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 4:01 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

dumars is to blame for some of the drama, but the main share of the fault is with hamilton.i read in the paper today that hamilton had a chance to leave detroit and eventually join up with the bulls or the celtics who are both very interested in if you personally veto a trade thats puts you on a roster of a play-off conteneder then you have no grounds to say the team is treating you unfairly.the bottom line is hamilton is no onger the player he once was and as a team the pistons can't play a full game with a full effort.i watched the pistons and 76er's game last night and to watch as the players on the bench, that missed the shoot around earlier, laughing at their coach was just pathetic.this team has no real leadership so the players run the asylum.i know blame usually always goes on the coaches, but dumars has fired many coaches since they won a championship in 03 and still a problem is time to for dumars to realize the problem is not with the coach, but with the players that he has allowed to have the power to do so.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:47 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Where is the blame for Joe Dumars, isn't he in charge of this team too? Yea Kuester has no control but Joe has driven this team into the ground lately & you can't tell me he isn't behind Hamilton not playing.

Since: Aug 9, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:29 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester comment was only directed to BGLions, who compared these players to the teachers in Wisconsin.  Carry on and have a nice weekend. :-)

Since: Aug 9, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:27 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

What an idiotic comment. To compare these men--who are paid millions to shoot a basketball--to the plight of teachers who bust their butts long hours each day and night educating your kids (and getting paid next-to-nothing for it) is ludicrous.

Please keep your ignorant political views out of a sports forum. After putting in 12-hour days all week (teaching classes, directing play rehearsals, correcting papers, planning lessons, and meeting with parents outside of class to discuss their kids' progress), I came here to RELAX and read about sports, not to be villified again. Stick to topics you actually know something about.

Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:25 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Sorry but there is no excuse for the actions of these players.  They are paid, paid very well, to play basketball.  I do not care if they do not like the coach, their job is to play the game.  If the owner has any courage he will make sure these players are fined heavily for their acdtions.  If the other owners around the leage have any courage they will never sign any of these players.  Let them go out on the street and try to get a job that pays them anything like they make for playing a game, not going to happen. They are acting like thugs and must not be rewarded.

Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:25 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

I have to agree.  When Hamilton's minutes became non-existent, I knew the end was drawing near.  Then, the Pistons sign Tracy McGrady - Mr. Big Head, the team and the Palace are dying.

Since: May 6, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:25 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

Q is a bad coach and Im all for firing him, but this is not how it gets done.  What a bunch of crybaby whinners, just do your job, you overpaid underacheiving BASKETBALL players....who do you think you are the Egypt Pistons or Wiscrysin boss runs a poor operation and I didnt go to work because of it and now I have no job.  I wish the fans would REALLY not show up for the rest of the games. BTW.....funny how they all backed off of what really happened, making all the excuses for each least man up and own it.

Since: Jan 19, 2009
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:20 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

the guy is an idiot... He has no control over this team (and he never has at any point this season). He has benched his best player the majority of the season. He benched his second best player earlier in the year without reason and then started playing him again because the players were upset. Monroe gets going and he benches him... He is just a complete loser by all aspects. I don't condone what the players did, but this guy was employed to long when the Pistons went 0-1. 
On a side not does Bill Lambeer get hired this year or do they wait until next season begins to have him start coaching the team?

Since: Feb 8, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2011 2:08 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

i hate to say this but based on what i saw yesterday the pistons coach has to go. Its obvious he lost controll of his team. While its not right for the players to skip shootaround like they did, but you really can't punish the players who participated though. If you fine them they won't care and if you cut them championship contender teams will just pick them up. So it's just better off to fire the head coach and stick it out with their current roster.

Since: Mar 14, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 1:57 pm

Pistons skip shootaround to protest coach Kuester

The mega-star teams, teams on the brink of bankruptcy, star player alliances, skipping out on practices, the whining and poor sportsmanship has ruined this sport. It's almost unwatchable these days.

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