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Hamilton, Wilcox fined; Kuester safe for now

Posted on: February 26, 2011 3:56 pm
Edited on: February 26, 2011 4:31 pm
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Richard Hamilton and Chris Wilcox have been fined for missing shootaround without an excuse, but the Pistons are not planning a coaching change in the wake of the perceived mutiny against John Kuester, a person with knowledge of the situation told CBSSports.com Saturday.

The team engaged in lengthy organizational meetings Saturday to discuss the latest meltdown in a season that has spiraled out of control. Though sources are downplaying a significant rebellion against Kuester, a proposal to buy out Hamilton -- who had another in a series of confrontations with Kuester recently -- will be presented to ownership before the March 1 deadline for him to be eligible for another team's playoff roster. The chances of a buyout for Hamilton, however, are "slim," a source said, given that he has two years left on his contract.

Hamilton and Wilcox flew back to Detroit with the team after the Pistons -- with only six available players -- lost to the Sixers in Philadelphia. Both players are expected to be available Saturday night against Utah, but whether or not they play will be a "coaching decision," the source said.

Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, and Ben Wallace also missed shootaround Friday prior to the Sixers game, but all three had legitimate excuses, the person said. The Pistons' training staff confirmed to management that McGrady and Prince had been sick. Wallace is dealing with the sudden terminal illness of a close family member, the source said.

Austin Daye and Rodney Stuckey were late for shootaround, missing the team bus and catching a cab, the source said. They were fined for being late.

Whatever the reasons, the incident -- and the perception of a team-wide rebellion against Kuester -- has put the Pistons' already miserable season in an even grimmer perspective for the remaining 22 games.

Each of the most sensible resolutions -- buying out Hamilton or firing Kuester -- is complicated by the fact that the team is waiting for an ownership change to be completed. It is unlikely, sources said, that the ownership transfer would be completed in time for Hamilton to be bought out before the March 1 deadline for him to be playoff-eligible with a new team.

"This is not the climate where anybody wants to cut a big check just so a guy can go play somewhere else," said the person familiar with the Pistons' latest controversy.

Hamilton, who has two years and $25 million left on his deal, was close to being shipped to Cleveland at the trade deadline but could not agree to terms of a buyout with the Cavs.

Hamilton and Wilcox apologized for missing shootaround. It was not clear Saturday whether the ill players -- McGrady and Prince -- or Wallace would be available for the Utah game.

Given the ongoing rift between the Pistons' old guard -- led by Hamilton and Prince -- and the younger core, the mere perception of a mutiny against Kuester will be enough to make the remaining six weeks of the regular season close to unbearable. The inability of team president Joe Dumars to take action without ownership clarity has made the situation one that Kuester and the coaching staff will have to navigate the rest of the way.

Tension that has been building for months between Kuester and the veteran players boiled over in an ugly recent confrontation between Hamilton and Kuester, sources said. It was not the first time this season that the two have verbally gone after each other, though this incident was reported to have been a one-way tirade from Hamilton to Kuester in which the former All-Star questioned the coach's decisions and credentials.

In mid-January, Kuester made the decision to move Hamilton to the bench in order to give more playing time to Ben Gordon. Soon after, Hamilton's agent, Leon Rose, attempted to have him included in a trade that would've sent Carmelo Anthony to New Jersey. The trade, like many Melo scenarios, never happened. But Hamilton has remained on the bench ever since, playing only once in the past 23 games.

Hamilton, 33, could be a useful addition to contenders such as the Mavericks and Celtics, who both have internally discussed signing him if he were bought out. It appears that he will instead languish where he's been since Jan. 12, on the Pistons' bench and at a point of no return in a lost season.
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Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:28 am
 

No problems like this in the NHL

This would never happen in the NHL.

The white players treat the game with respect and are very thankful.



Since: Mar 16, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:13 am
 

Hamilton, Wilcox fined; Kuester safe for now

Stick with a coach that your players don't want to play for?  Really in this day and age.  Players are paid millions and coaches are dime a dozen.  Let see the Pistons had a good team but now they will be the second coming of the LeBron-less Cavs.  Way to go!



Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:10 am
 

Hamilton, Wilcox fined; Kuester safe for now

  The Pi$$ed-ons really suck but look on the bright side- the Cadavers and Lizards will keep them from finishing in the Eastern Conference cellar.  Kuester is history, or will be soon.  



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Wow  Did You Sit Up In Momma's Basement all night , thinking that up  ?  HaHa



Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 11:06 am
 

Hamilton, Wilcox fined; Kuester safe for now

"there is no denying the difference in the game since the rosters went 85% black"

Yeah the difference is in athleticism, skill, and ratings LMAO. There's no denying that either.

Granted, the money definitely makes them turn into prima donnas since most of them come from nothing.  But let's not play the race card.



Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:56 am
 

Hamilton, Wilcox fined; Kuester safe for now

There are just too many millionaire punks and wanna be gangstas in the NBA.  I liked it better when the league was mostly white players.  There was a lot more respect for the game, appreciation for the big bucks they were earning and best of all...teamwork.  I am not predjudice, but there is no denying the difference in the game since the rosters went 85% black.



Since: Apr 7, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:06 am
 

Hamilton, Wilcox fined; Kuester safe for now

after reading about this, it reafirms my position
on why i don't watch the nba.

it's the dog walking the owners.

if i were given the opportunity to
make the kind of money these players
make, i wouldn't fight the powers that be,
i would hold up my end of the bargin.

not to say there are not problems in
the other pro sports leagues but nothing
you really never hear to much about the
players disrespeting the owners & coaches.

solution:  take away the guaranteed contracts.
break the rules, lose the contract, 2 year ban from
playing in the league.  let's see who misses a
shoot around then.



Since: Dec 19, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2011 6:57 am
 

Hamilton, Wilcox fined; Kuester safe for now

that sucks slimjim.  maybe you guys should just stick to TV until they get good again.  too much of a crap shoot spending all that time/money for a dud of a performance.  but, with the exception of a few rivalries, the NBA regular season is probably the worst investment of the 4 major sports to attend live.  i'm in Boston, we're a good team, and i have very little desire to go to a reg season game.  bring on the playoffs !



Since: Sep 5, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:36 am
 

Hamilton, Wilcox fined; Kuester safe for now

     The Pi$$ed-ons really suck but look on the bright side- the Cadavers and Lizards will keep them from finishing in the Eastern Conference cellar.  Kuester is history, or will be soon.  



Since: Nov 18, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 12:09 am
 

Hamilton, Wilcox fined; Kuester safe for now

Dumars needs to go! What is it about the Pistons Bad Boy team that makes them such terrible GM's? Joe D created this situation by signing Rip to that stupid extension only to sign Ben Gordon in the following off season. What did he think was going to happen having two $10+ million players at the same position? If he refuses to trade Tayshaun then why did he draft 3 small forwards in the 2009 draft? Completely moronic. It's like he fails to realize that he can't play 2 guys at the same position at the same time.



Since: Oct 5, 2010
Posted on: February 26, 2011 11:20 pm
 

Hamilton, Wilcox fined; Kuester safe for now

The Pistons are a mess and this is a far cry from the Proud Champions that they were in the past. They go through coaches like Rihanna goes thru men and they decide to keep this dipstick. He is a loser and really has no business keeping his job. the Pistons have a talented team and should be doing a lot better than they are. It is the coaches job to get the most out of the players and he is not doing this. Hamilton is a veteran and should be treated with a little more respect because he has been one of the classier players in the league.


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