Via Yahoo Sports
“The confrontation started after Prince didn’t fight through a double screen in time to stop Warriors guard Reggie Williams(notes) from hitting a 3-pointer that put the Pistons in a 25-point hole with 4:27 left in the second quarter. Kuester called a quick timeout and voiced his displeasure to Prince, who barked back at his coach on the bench. As the argument continued, Kuester motioned for a Pistons security official to remove Prince from the bench. Kuester started to walk toward Prince, but was restrained by assistant coach Darrell Walker.
Rip Hamilton replaced Prince, who spent the remainder of the half sitting on the bench with a towel over his head.
“It’s something that happens,” Prince said. “You can call me the bad guy. I’ve pretty much said something to Flip [Saunders], Larry [Brown] and all my other coaches. It’s part of the game. Maybe the way I handled it wasn’t the right way. When you are getting beat by 30 early, strange things happen.”
A team source said Kuester and Prince didn’t discuss the incident at halftime. Prince started the second half, and was on the floor at the end of game after the Pistons trimmed what had been a 32-point deficit to two before losing. Kuester and Prince also didn’t talk after the game about their confrontation, the source said.
“I voiced my opinion, and he voiced his,” Prince said. “We were getting our heads bashed in, and I felt I had something to say and he felt that he had something to say. It’s a situation where everything we were trying to do out there, nothing was going our way. They were picking us apart.
“I felt I had something to say, he felt he had something to say and we left it at that. We came in here at halftime and put everything aside and said, ‘Let’s go out there and try to win this game,’ because Golden State is the type of team with the way they play that they can let you back in the ball game.”