(Image Source: The Detroit Free Press)

BY BARBARA MANINGAT

 

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The Pistons are pouting- with players publicizing their unhappiness with the Detroit team by staging a boycott.

Several players skipped practice before the Pistons faced the Philadelphia Sixers. Only six Pistons went on to play- and lose- that night -- with older teammates sitting out and Coach John Kuester thrown out of the game. (Video from ESPN and NESN)

So what’s all the fuss about? Some Pistons players blame Coach Kuester for their less-than-stellar NBA record. ESPN details some of the latest feuds.

“Late last year, 2010, Tayshaun Prince erupted at John Kuester at a game against Golden State. Earlier this week, Charlie Villanueva retweeted a comment that a fan had sent to him saying like, ‘I live and die with the Stones but Coach Kue is not putting you in a position to win. You have the talent.’ Charlie took it upon himself to retweet that to his more than 100,000 followers... And then of course the latest from Rip Hamilton...”


A blogger for Detroit Online says Hamilton is at the helm of the crusade against Kuester, recently having a blowout at practice that’s kept the star guard on the bench.

“The bad feelings toward Kuester on Hamilton’s part, at least, began in January, when he was pulled from the rotation because a trade to New Jersey was imminent (he was part of a 3-team deal that would have sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the Nets). But when that deal fell through, Hamilton stayed out of the lineup, and he went public with his dissatisfaction.”

Hamilton is still entitled to $25 million in the next two seasons with the Pistons, and he recently declined a $16 million trade-then-buyout option with the Cleveland Cavaliers. NBA blogger says Hamilton’s pretty much stuck in Detroit.

“He wanted to keep all of his money instead of giving some back to buy out his freedom, essentially. And that’s his right, certainly, he’s entitled to the money that he’s earned and that he signed to receive in his contract. But the bottom line is that he had a chance to get out of Detroit and he didn’t take it.”

A writer for Detroit News says the city simply doesn’t need the pessimistic Piston anymore.

“Hamilton needs to go home and stay home because it doesn't matter how right he thinks he is. He's going about this wrong, still saying he has a sore groin, still displaying a sour disposition. If Hamilton has no desire to make this work, he should be sent away permanently.”

But with multiple media outlets saying Kuester’s lost control of his locker room, an ESPN blogger suggests Kuester should hand over control to his assistant Darrell Walker.

“The best compromise response to Friday’s chaos is turning to Walker to drag this team to the finish line... Putting Walker in charge would at least restore some semblance of normalcy to the locker room...”

So far, the Pistons continue their losing streak with a 22-39 record. New England Sports Network reports rumors that Kuester was to be fired, but the coach hasn’t announced his plans for the rest of the season.

 

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Pouting, Finger-Pointing Pistons

(Image Source: The Detroit Free Press)

BY BARBARA MANINGAT

 

You're watching multisource sports news analysis from Newsy


The Pistons are pouting- with players publicizing their unhappiness with the Detroit team by staging a boycott.

Several players skipped practice before the Pistons faced the Philadelphia Sixers. Only six Pistons went on to play- and lose- that night -- with older teammates sitting out and Coach John Kuester thrown out of the game. (Video from ESPN and NESN)

So what’s all the fuss about? Some Pistons players blame Coach Kuester for their less-than-stellar NBA record. ESPN details some of the latest feuds.

“Late last year, 2010, Tayshaun Prince erupted at John Kuester at a game against Golden State. Earlier this week, Charlie Villanueva retweeted a comment that a fan had sent to him saying like, ‘I live and die with the Stones but Coach Kue is not putting you in a position to win. You have the talent.’ Charlie took it upon himself to retweet that to his more than 100,000 followers... And then of course the latest from Rip Hamilton...”


A blogger for Detroit Online says Hamilton is at the helm of the crusade against Kuester, recently having a blowout at practice that’s kept the star guard on the bench.

“The bad feelings toward Kuester on Hamilton’s part, at least, began in January, when he was pulled from the rotation because a trade to New Jersey was imminent (he was part of a 3-team deal that would have sent Carmelo Anthony and Chauncey Billups to the Nets). But when that deal fell through, Hamilton stayed out of the lineup, and he went public with his dissatisfaction.”

Hamilton is still entitled to $25 million in the next two seasons with the Pistons, and he recently declined a $16 million trade-then-buyout option with the Cleveland Cavaliers. NBA blogger says Hamilton’s pretty much stuck in Detroit.

“He wanted to keep all of his money instead of giving some back to buy out his freedom, essentially. And that’s his right, certainly, he’s entitled to the money that he’s earned and that he signed to receive in his contract. But the bottom line is that he had a chance to get out of Detroit and he didn’t take it.”

A writer for Detroit News says the city simply doesn’t need the pessimistic Piston anymore.

“Hamilton needs to go home and stay home because it doesn't matter how right he thinks he is. He's going about this wrong, still saying he has a sore groin, still displaying a sour disposition. If Hamilton has no desire to make this work, he should be sent away permanently.”

But with multiple media outlets saying Kuester’s lost control of his locker room, an ESPN blogger suggests Kuester should hand over control to his assistant Darrell Walker.

“The best compromise response to Friday’s chaos is turning to Walker to drag this team to the finish line... Putting Walker in charge would at least restore some semblance of normalcy to the locker room...”

So far, the Pistons continue their losing streak with a 22-39 record. New England Sports Network reports rumors that Kuester was to be fired, but the coach hasn’t announced his plans for the rest of the season.

 

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