Rodney Stuckey was benched in today’s game against the Boston Celtics for refusing to re-enter the game Friday night against the Chicago Bulls. What else does Stuckey have to do to lose the respect of Pistons fans? Here he is, in his 4th year in the NBA and still acting like an immature young player in a season where leadership and respect is there for the taking.
I just hope the Pistons can get something for him this offseason when he leaves. I apologize in advance for not shedding the same virtual tears when Rodney leaves as I did when Chauncey and Stuckey’s draft mate Arron Afflalo left the team. Now Kuester doen’t get a pass either, each one of us has a better chance at winning a million dollars playing blackjack online than John Kuester has of returning to Detroit next season. Now on to the rest of the team, who are now playing out the string and earning time for next season:
- The Pistons won the 1st and 4th quarters – but they lost the game in the 3rd by giving up 33 points to the (currently) 2nd seeded Boston Celtics
- Shaquille O’Neal may have to hang it up this season after limping off badly in today’s game after only 5 minutes on the floor
- Charlie Villanueva’s numbers are deceiving – sure he had a solid offensive game, but his points were canceled out as he scored 15 and was a team worst -15 on the night
- Need4Sheed favorite Will Bynum started in place of Tracy McGrady, and ended up with 20 points and only 1 assist.
- Detroit got “Rondo’d” – Rajon Rondo finished with 14 assists and 5 turnovers.
- I hate to admit it – Boston is pretty deep. I know it’s hoping a lot that Jermaine O’Neal or Shaquille O’Neal stay healthy enough to give minutes but Baby Davis gives Boston a solid 6th man off the bench. Delonte West is a solid guard off the bench. This team can guard just about everyone on the perimeter, except maybe LeBron James – but we’ll see what Pierce and Jeff Green can do this postseason
- Austin Daye must be in the dog house somewhat – either that, or he’s not worth giving much time on the floor at this point. There’s really no excuse for him to play only 15 minutes when Prince and Rip play 30+
- Super rookie
Rodney WhiteGreg Monroe had a down night – 11 points and 5 rebounds to go with a tough matchup all night – KG and Baby Davis
- Hell, with all the turmoil going on on the Pistons sideline even Jason Maxiell saw some decent run in today’s game. My how far this team has fallen in his time on the roster.
- Pistons coach
JKIAFIJohn Kuester referred to Stuckey’s benching as a “setback” in his “growth process” – aka “Stuckey is still immature, even in his 4th year in the league. On a team dying for a leader to step up.”
Stuckey: “Mentally, mentally, I’m mentally drained. Hopefully I can get through these six games and we’ll see what happens next year.” Via The Detroit News
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“As The World Turns” the Pistons schedule are the young and peppy Wizards lead by newcomers Jordan Crawford and John Wall. Detroit will have their hands full if Ben Wallace does not play again because of the size the Wizards have on their front line with Andray Blatche and JaVale McGee.
I usually attend the Wizards game when the Pistons are town but this year, I’m going to save my money and watch it on TV. Stay tuned this week as rumor has it Natalie and I are going to pump out another podcast – I will be there ready to apologize to you all for saying the Pistons would go 9-3 to close out the season and they would make the playoffs. I’m sure we’ll also continue to talk about Rodney Stuckey, Coach Kuester, how Natalie’s dog saved her life, and more!