Five players miss shootaround in alleged player protest
Five Detroit veterans missed Friday's shootaround in Philadelphia Friday morning in what The Detroit News and Free Press are reporting as a "player protest" aimed at coach John Kuester.
The five Pistons not at shootaround were Tracy McGrady, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace and Chris Wilcox. Rodney Stuckey and Austin Daye showed up late after missing the team bus.
A team spokesman said Wallace was tending to a family matter, McGrady had a headache, Prince had an upset stomach and Hamilton and Wilcox missed the team bus.
Some of the excuses may be legitimate, but it's doubtful the complete truth will ever come out.
If it truly was a player protest then the big question is where do the PIstons go from here?
One of two things has to happen. The players needed to be suspended or Kuester has to go or both.
Why the players would elect to do this with 23 games left and the playoffs out of the question is a mystery, but this can't just be swept under the rug. Someone has to step in and do something and that person has to be team president Joe Dumars.