It sometimes takes time for #Pistons fans to catch up when their team is on a West coast trip. It’s difficult to stay awake when games start at 10:30 EST and most of us in Michigan have a life that starts before the sun rises.
If you missed the Pistons game Wednesday night altogether, or had to wait and watch it on DVR like I did you’d know that Rodney Stuckey had a great night. A night in which he stepped up when the team was shorthanded, scoring 22 points with five assists.
Too little too late for this Pistons fan thank you very much.
Stuckey has disappointed most of the Pistons fan base since he was (probably unfairly) anointed the savior when Joe Dumars traded Chauncy Billups.
- Is it his talent? It’s very clear that Stuckey has talent, but when and if he uses it is another story.
- Is it his coach? Well he’s had multiple coaches, so if that’s the case he’ll never be productive in professional spots.
- Is it his role? Maybe, but when he was called upon to be the man he didn’t deliver and now reserved to coming off the bench (even though I don’t believe for a minute that it was his choice) he still hasn’t delivered.
- Is it the system? It could be, but he’s had just about every roll he can play in Detroit.
- Is it his attitude? It sure looks that that’s a problem. I can count multiple instances where we didn’t see Stuckey in the lineup for “issues” whether it be personal, coaching or mysterious health issues.
- Is he giving 100%? No freaking way.
- Is he unhappy? It sure looks that way.
My good friends on press row reminded me even more about Rodney Stuckey’s effort. I dare you to go look at Rodney’s production and contributions the game before the All Star break each and every season he’s been in the NBA and if that doesn’t prove to you that this guy doesn’t care I don’t know what will.
Rodney has serious issues to deal with. I can’t tell you if they are on or off the court, or on, but I can tell you from a fans perspective I’d rather see Brandon Knight give it all he’s got and fall flat on his back trying to block a 7 footer’s dunk than watch Rodney Stuckey play one more minute as a Detroit Piston. I’m the biggest Dumars fan, but I’ll never understand what he saw in Rodney to believe in him, let alone extend his miserable contract.
For this fan, the departures of any one on the Pistons that doesn’t want contribute or doesn’t want to be here is a blessing.
We could use a blessing in Detroit right now.