Pistons Skip Shootaround To Protest Coach Kuester

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.

  • TaterSalad

    Actually, who really cares about these overpaid whiners! With the unemployment at near 20% in Michigan and these guys are getting millions in $$ and complaining about such small concerns without havinhg to worry about the light bill or gas bill, they are fools to say the least. Get a life loosers!

  • Bill

    The players, the coach, and Joe Dumars are a joke. Why anyone would want to watch these losers or care about their hurt feelings is beyond me.

  • sid

    more power to the team!!! im glad they did!!! kuester is a tool!!! fire him and joe dumars!!! i pray tom gores comes in and cleans house and puts the pistons back on the map!!!

  • B Likes the C's

    “Going to Work” – well, not tonight. The box score looked hilarious – Maxiell the super-sub – I’m surprised the others actually took the floor at all.

  • http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2011/02/25/philadelphia-110-pistons-94/ Philadelphia 110, Pistons 94 « CBS Detroit

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