Things just seem to be going from bad to worse for Detroit Pistons’ head coach John Kuester. In the Pistons’ Friday game against the 76ers, the coach was ejected in the fourth quarter of a game that he only allowed six players to play in.
The suspensions were due to the fact that seven players missed the morning shoot around before the game on Friday. Those guys were Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady, Ben Wallace, Rodney Stuckey, Chris Wilcox, and Austin Daye. However, of the seven, only Hamilton was without an excuse.
Rumors have been circulating about a mutiny by the Pistons’ players against Kuester and it seemed like things reached a boiling point during Friday’s game. He was ejected in the fourth quarter for arguing a no-call.
According to the video, it seems like his players enjoyed the show of their embattled coach getting tossed.
When asked about the reason for his players missing the game on Friday, Kuester called it “an internal matter.”
That’s a fine answer except for the fact that it is all over the faces of the players that they have quit on this once proud franchise.
If Detroit is going to improve as a franchise, something needs to change: either the coach, or the players.
According to people around the Pistons, the relationship between Kuester and Hamilton has reached a boiling point. According to a Yahoo! Sports story, Hamilton and Kuester got into a verbal altercation during a January practice.
Allegedly, Hamilton called his coach a failure and a career assistant. He reportedly told Kuester had blown his opportunity as a head coach.
It seems like Hamilton needs to go. The frustrating thing for Detroit is that Hamilton denied a trade that would have allowed him to play for a contender this year. The Pistons would have gotten a first round pick in return.
Even if they just end up releasing him, the Pistons would be better off by getting rid of the former champion.