Monday, June 29th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  27 responses

Beef: Curry vs Hamilton

According to one local scribe, player and coach need to bury the hatchet: “The Pistons’ biggest problem isn’t a dearth of talent. It’s that their head coach and best player barely speak to each other. Both Michael Curry and Rip Hamilton are to blame, prone to varying degrees of ego and stubbornness. But Curry must understand that it’s incumbent upon the coach to fall on the sword, admitting his mistakes for the sake of pacifying the star’s delicate disposition.”

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  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I think curry is a real sh*tty coach.

  • http://www.boogiewilliams.com Boing Dynasty

    Richard “delicate” Hamilton.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Then again rip is pretty overrated.

  • lakers4life


  • http://slamonline.com B. Long

    Some how the Pistons are slowly becoming the Knicks.

  • http://www.alllooksame.com Tarzan Cooper

    whats the actual problem. rip should know that ai is gone and he will get all the touches he wants.

  • Rasheedionics

    Rip was never selfish player who needs “touches”. But he’s a veteran player who’s been around for a while and won a championship for this organization. So some level of loaylty and respect is not much to ask for. I think the frustration finally boiled over after Pistons traded their best player and Curry coached them out of contention, in addition to try to convert Rip to the bench player. While Rip might not be a superstar, he’s still Pistons best player and still in his prime. So I feel him.

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com BETCATS

    -waits for tad to comment-

  • TADOne

    Wait no longer. Honestly, this is completely blown out of proportion on both sides and Drew Sharp is such a negative columnist that he hates himself in the mirror every morning. With that said, Curry certainly needs to address any lingering beef and be a coach and not an empty suit on the sideline. I disagree that he is a “sh*tty coach” being that it was his first season on the job. I’m not sure what everyone expected? Rip is still salty his BFF got traded but needs to get the hell over it.
    And B Long doesn’t know anyhting.

  • TADOne

    Apparently, I don’t know “anything” either.

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    I expected him to have the team play up to the standard they set just the year before, since he had the same roster. Maybe conform a little to his roster and play to the strength of the team as opposed to trying to install a system in which the players don’t fit. I expected him to exert a measure of control over the team and make it his team, as opposed to letting the players run sh*t into the ground. I guess thats too much.

  • http://www.sonicbids.com/shaemorin doyouwantmore

    LOL: B.Long, on point. Maybe they should just hire Isaiah Thomas and get it over with.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Curry really sucks at keeping good relations with his players. First AI now Richard Hamilton? The 2 best players on his team? Way to go, Mike, way to go.

  • underdog

    Joe Dumars had his good moments as a GM, but it’s time for him to go, and take Curry with himself.

  • TADOne

    Ya’ll are f’in hilarious. It was the guys first damn season as a head coach! Give the guy a bit of breathing room. I’m quite sure all of the coaches in the league went thru growing pains in their first few seasons of being a head coach. Now, i’m as critical as the next person if I think the coach is not doing his job and expressed my displeasure thruout the season. With that said, Rip was upset all season about Chauncey being traded and AI just never found a niche within the team. Combine that with Sheed’s uninspired play and Stuckey’s sophmore slump and it was just the perfect storm of circumstances for the team to fail to live up to expectations. Every team has a down time after being successful for so many seasons the Pistons turn was last year.

  • TADOne

    On a side note: they are reporting now that Yao could be out next season for the whole year and that his career might be in jeopardy. Wow.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    @ TAD: No freakin way.
    Please Yao… Jia you!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Link it up TAD, holy CR*P. Major news if legit thru and thru, career ending?!

  • Bmore-Mike

    I’m feeling RIP, I mean your coach can’t be a guy who you killed or watched others kill on the court because that guy can’t reach the stars of team. I might be wrong but I’ll pose this: who is the worst player turned coach in the L now. Hit me on this! I hope it ain’t true about Yao, I bet David Stern hopes so too!

  • http://hibachi20.blogspot.com Blinguo

    Yahoo frontpager. Yeah, Adrian Wojnarowski(sp) column from unnamed team source, league exec. is all he could say. Select SLAM’s writers around here thought it might have been just trying to get Yao finally out of the China Natl. team Olympic commitments, as in not buying it, when the story first surfaced. Is Yahoo sports just late to reporting the info again with just a tidbit more of a scared GM (“One general manager said” again no name and not even the HOU GM?!).

  • http://lastknickstanding.blogspot.com Bryan

    Tad come on, they had a 20 game drop in the standings, all while keeping relatively the same talent level. Is it not his job to inspire the uninspired sheed? And put his players (allen iverson) in positions to succeed? I understand its his first season, I really do but there’s only so much leeway you can give. He didn’t inherit a rebuilding team like most coaches who start out, he was handed the reins of a borderline contender because the managment thought he could step in and run the ship. I stick by what I say, I think he did a poor job of coaching. Will he always be a bad coach? Probably not but last season was a bad start. I know my pistons hate is well documented but after they got my favorite player I did start rooting for them to do well and he failed his players. Imo.

  • TADOne

    Shia, I’m in no way saying that Curry did a good or even mediocre coaching job last season. I was on here plenty of times lambasting the poor job I thought he was doing last season. However, i’m also a realist. I realize it was his first time being a head coach. I realized they traded away the team leader and arguably the best player on the team 2 games into the season. I realize it is hard to incorporate a player like AI into a system that has been in place and even harder when you don’t have a training camp. I realize that Sheed marches to the beat of his own drum and that Larry Brown has been the only coach to truly reach him in the NBA. I realize that Stuckey wore down in his 2nd season and struggled trying to learn the PG position. I realize that Rip sulked and was a distraction all season after Billups got traded. I realize that all of the negativity got to Tay and he struggled to improve on his numbers. I realize that the bench wasn’t as good as it could have been because Amir Johnson just wasn’t as good as everyone thought. I also realize that Flip would have only won maybe 5 more games if he was still the coach. Fact.

  • Rusty

    The pistons proble is highlighted in these three words “and best player”. Rip is barely much more then a role player. Stuckey is the future of motown, cut loose the rest.

  • TADOne

    Rip is not a damn role player. Seriously, ya’ll need to stop that. Just because a player doesn’t make ESPN highlights means he is a role player???

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    ^it wont post on the jennings one

  • http://www.broy7.com nate the great

    i think the players on the knicks kno they suck, and always will.
    im liking brandon jennings more and more.
    i mean he tells it how it is.
    are the knicks weak? yes, they have been since like 2004.

  • FrenchKiss

    I only clicked on this because I thought it was an article comparing two types of beef recipes.