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Friday, February 25, 2011

Five players miss shootaround in alleged player protest

Just when you think the Pistons couldn't possibly become more dysfunctional, they find a way.

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.


Blogger Larry Baker said...

You know it's so pathetic. The team sent out season ticket renewals this week. By gosh, who is defending the integrity of the "brand." The players are essentially soiling their own nest. The stoic Joe Dumars contends it's not his role to get involved in player-coach matters. By not backing the coach he essentially emboldens the players. When a journeyman who has seen a huge increase in his playing time this year, I find it unbelievable that Wilcox could be part of this. Is Dumars going to placate these guys? As a likely FORMER season ticket holder I can only hope new ownership comes in and thoroughly cleans house. No winners here.

February 25, 2011 at 4:02 PM 
Anonymous Bubba Singh said...

This is the most pathetic group of "professionals" I have ever seen. Dumars should be allowed to just fire them w/o having to pay off any remaining contract amount. What a bunch of losers and wastes of human beings. I am not a Kuester fan, but I would almost like to see him get an extension to stick it to them and show them that the coach is the one who is boss, not the players.

February 28, 2011 at 9:47 AM 

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