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  1. Ben Gordon says it was worse than you think in Detroit

    Aug 17, 2011, 7:18 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    From the outside looking in, the Detroit Pistons were a god-forsaken mess last season. A coach the players didn’t respect, a near mutiny at one point with players skipping a practice in protest and losses piling up fast on a proud franchise. To put it in Detroit terms, they looked worse than the automotive industry.…

  2. Pistons’ Daye shedding no tears over Kuester’s dismissal

    Jul 14, 2011, 12:49 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Will the players from any team be as happy to have a new coach as the Detroit Pistons? There was serious infighting between the coach and the players last season, including players skipping practices and more. Pistons forward Austin Daye doesn’t exactly say “don’t let the door hit you’re a– on the way out” but…

  3. Pistons fire coach John Kuester. Finally.

    Jun 5, 2011, 4:51 PM EST

    IL: Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

    The sale of the Detroit Pistons to Tom Gores has finally gone through, and he has taken only a few days to start the process of rebuilding the franchise. That starts by firing coach John Kuester, as reported by a number of sources including ESPN. “Decisions like this are difficult to make,” team president Joe Dumars said. “I…

  4. Sale of Pistons to Tom Gores finally approved

    Jun 1, 2011, 8:47 AM EST

    Tom Gores

    Tom Gores is now finally, officially, the owner of the Detroit Pistons. The terms of the sale had been in place a couple months but details still had to be finalized. They have been now. David Stern announced before Game 1 of the NBA finals the sale of the franchise to Gores and his equity…

  5. Conflicting reports suggest confusion on whether Kuester will return to Detroit

    May 29, 2011, 4:32 PM EST

    IL: Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

    ESPN.com’s Ric Bucher reports that Detroit Pistons coach John Kuester will not return as head coach next season: Detroit head coach John Kuester will not be returning to the Pistons, according to sources. It is presumed that president Joe Dumars and his staff will be returning, but there has been no definitive indication of that…

  6. Pistons coach Kuester says he will run pre-draft workouts

    May 20, 2011, 2:48 PM EST

    kuesterthumbsup

    Pretty much every talent evaluator, general manager and coach not in the playoffs is in Chicago right now for the NBA’s Draft Combine. Not the Piston’s embattled coach John Kuester. Which seems to speak volumes to his status with the franchise. But Kuester told the Detroit News he will be running individual workouts heading up to…

  7. Owners taking their time with coaches on hot seat

    Apr 15, 2011, 6:05 PM EST

    Kurt Rambis

    The coaching carousel has not started spinning yet. We keep expecting the music, we hear who is on the hot seat or likely gone, but nothing yet. Because owners are taking their time, reports Marc Spears at Yahoo. Take Kurt Rambis in Minnesota. (Please.) Everyone knows he’s expected to be let go, but so far…

  8. Joe Dumars is safe from new management

    Apr 9, 2011, 3:30 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons Introduce John Kuester

    Now that the Pistons are safely in the hands of Mr. Tom Gores (pending NBA approval), the team can finally move forward. But what does that mean for the management and coaching? The Detroit Free Press reports that the architect of the 2004 championship team and the team that made about a billion Conference Finals…

  9. Report: Pistons’ Stuckey benched Sunday for disobeying coach

    Apr 4, 2011, 9:01 AM EST

    Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

    You would think after this season every Piston player had to be benched for insubordination for a game. Sunday was Rodney Stuckey’s turn, apparently. Pistons coach John Kuester benched Stuckey for the Pistons beat down at the hands of the Celtics Sunday as punishment for refusing to enter the game at one point Friday night,…

  10. Tracy McGrady not going to be part of rebuilding Detroit

    Mar 8, 2011, 12:41 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Miami Heat

    Eminem may have gone all in for rebuilding Detroit, but don’t expect Tracy McGrady to join him. Not the city, the Pistons in McGrady’s case. McGrady has proven to be a solid, veteran point guard this season in Detroit. Think Ron Harper at the end of his career, a guy who played within himself and…

  11. Piston’s coach says team “starting over,” throws every position open

    Mar 1, 2011, 4:58 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    Well, this should solve all their problems. Piston’s coach John Kuester has thrown every position — starting and off the bench — open to competition, he told the Detroit News. “That’s what I said to the team yesterday,” the Pistons’ coach said Tuesday before the morning shootaround at the Bradley Center. “All starting positions, all…

  12. Pistons president Dumars shows support for embattled coach

    Feb 28, 2011, 3:28 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons Introduce John Kuester

    How bad are things in Detroit? Follow this link to the video of coach John Kuester getting ejected Friday night. Some players on the bench — ones that skipped practice allegedly protesting the coach — laugh when he gets tossed. The situation is ugly, my friends. And it is not changing. Team president Joe Dumars…

  13. Pistons fined, but did Rip Hamilton make his own bed?

    Feb 26, 2011, 4:39 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons  v Toronto Raptors

    Rip Hamilton and Chris Wilcox have been fined by the Pistons for missing shootaround in a “sleep-in” protest yesterday, according to Ken Berger of CBSSports.com. No word on possible penalties for the other three Pistons who missed shootaround, nor those who were late. (Update: Austin Daye and Rodney Stuckey were both fined for being late.…

  14. Pistons officially have no respect left for John Kuester

    Feb 26, 2011, 10:00 AM EST

    IL: Detroit Pistons v Chicago Bulls

    Yesterday, the Pistons staged a “sleep-in protest” of John Kuester, with five pistons skipping practice.   Kuester responded by benching those players for last night’s game against the Sixers, and wound up playing just six players. In a shocker, the Pistons lost by a healthy margin. But that wasn’t the surprising part. Kuester was ejected…

  15. Report: Five Pistons players skip practice to protest coach

    Feb 25, 2011, 2:34 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v New Orleans Hornets

    The ongoing skirmish between Pistons players and coach John Kuester just ratcheted up a notch. Or five. Five players were absent from Pistons morning shootaround Friday in Philadelphia in what a source told the Detroit News was a protest of the coach. Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, Richard Hamilton Chris Wilcox and Ben Wallace were not…

  16. Pistons without Stuckey, Wallace and Hamilton Friday against Heat

    Jan 28, 2011, 12:48 PM EST

    Rodney Stuckey injured

    We knew Rip Hamilton was not going to play Friday night for the Pistons against the Heat. He’s officially out with the stomach flu but even if he were officially at the arena and ready to play he’d be benched by coach John Kuester because… we don’t know. But he would be. However it’s much…

  17. Chauncey Billups sticks up for “Pistons royalty” Rip Hamilton

    Jan 27, 2011, 8:57 AM EST

    NBA Finals Game 3: San Antonio Spurs v Detroit Pistons

    Wednesday night, after he dispatched the Pistons players with four three pointers in the final three minutes, Chauncey Billups took aim at Detroit’s coaches and management. Wednesday made the eighth straight game Rip Hamilton has missed. Officially last night was because of the stomach flu, but if he had shown up to the arena early…

  18. The Rip Hamilton situation in Detroit probably could get uglier, but we’re not sure how

    Jan 23, 2011, 4:45 PM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Los Angeles Lakers

    Could be worse. I mean, Rip Hamilton could be lighting stuff on fire. Or Sheed could still be around. Or … yeah, that’s pretty much it. From the Detroit Free Press: But here is what we do know. Kuester said he “made overtures” and “reached out” to Hamilton. Hamilton said he did not meet with…

  19. Now what do Pistons do with Rip Hamilton?

    Jan 21, 2011, 11:21 AM EST

    RHamilton_ejection

    For the past five games, Rip Hamilton has been watching his Detroit Pistons play and racking up DNP-CDs. He was being saved — Hamilton was the Pistons piece in the three-team Carmelo Anthony trade, a move that would have freed up some cap space for the Pistons. Then Mikhail Prokhorov pulled the rug out from…

  20. Detroit fans chant, “We want Rip”

    Jan 18, 2011, 11:19 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Rip Hamilton sat again Monday, a fourth consecutive DNP-CD on the scorecard (Did Not Play, Coach’s Decision). Some Pistons fans want none of it and started chanting “We want Rip” during the team’s victory over Dallas Monday, according to the Detroit News. Admittedly it wasn’t a huge roar, but at least some fans realize that…

  21. Report: Rip Hamilton benched to avoid injury before trade

    Jan 14, 2011, 11:38 AM EST

    Rip Hamilton

    This really says all you need to know about the coaching situation in Detroit. Coach John Kuester benched Rip Hamilton Wednesday night, and thanks to a history of odd lineups and other decisions out of Detroit in the last couple seasons that everyone assumed it was just another part of that list. Including other players.…

  22. Rip Hamilton gets dreaded DNP-CD; teammates confused

    Jan 13, 2011, 9:27 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers

    Rip Hamilton put on his jersey as he has done before 822 other NBA games — but for the first time he could remember never got the sweats off. Pistons coach John Kuester never called Hamilton’s number. He had gone to a new starting lineup to try and bring a new energy, but Hamilton was…

  23. Tracy McGrady too stiff to play fourth quarter

    Dec 28, 2010, 11:36 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Tracy McGrady had played at least 19 minutes in nine of the Piston’s 10 previous games coming into Monday night’s game in Charlotte, the second night of a back-to-back. McGrady played 10 minutes in the first half (scoring two points) but none in the second half, and the Detroit Free Press explains why. He said…

  24. Pistons have nothing in works to trade Rip Hamilton. For now.

    Dec 1, 2010, 11:05 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Detroit Pistons are a once great team awkwardly entering a rebuilding period. Right now they are an uncomfortable mix of the old and the new. They have a new coach — John Kuester — who has brought a different system, but many of the players are holdovers who fit best in the old system.…

  25. Phil Jackson said the Pistons aren’t playing hard, Ben Gordon basically says “Yeah, pretty much.”

    Nov 20, 2010, 11:00 AM EST

    Detroit Pistons v Atlanta Hawks

    Phil Jackson discussed the Pistons this week after the Lakers waxed them with ease, saying that “some of those guys aren’t playing hard right now.” Nothing particularly groundbreaking, considering that the Pistons are a talented team who currently sucks. The interesting part is that Friday, Ben Gordon pretty much said “Yeah, that’s pretty much what…

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