Friday, November 5th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  13 responses

Mickael Pietrus Frustrated With Lack of Playing Time

It’s the first headache of the year for SVG, who tells the Orlando Sentinel that he doesn’t mind when individual players are angry, so long as the team stays together as a unit: “Frustrated with his dwindling role, Pietrus was pulled out of the game by Van Gundy after just three minutes into the final period during the Magic’s blow-out victory against the Minnesota Timberwolves at Amway Center. Teammates, including co-captain Dwight Howard, tried to calm Pietrus. One player said that MP wanted to be traded if he’s not playing regularly, although MP told me he didn’t want to leave a contender. Van Gundy and Pietrus both confirmed Thursday to the Sentinel that they exchanged words. ‘MP was unhappy about when he went into the game and he was unhappy about me telling him to play defense,’ Van Gundy said. ‘He didn’t like what I was saying and I didn’t like his response, so I took him out of the game.’ … The experimenting at power forward causes chain reactions felt at small forward — Pietrus’ position. Van Gundy already had a sit-down with power forward Ryan Anderson. Anderson expressed his displeasure after seeing Brandon Bass move past him in the rotation. Next game — or next week — it might be another player or two grumbling as Stan carries out his plan. ‘It’s going to be a tough thing for a few of our guys. The good part is we have a flexibility to play different situations, but to do that, somebody has to pay every night,’ Van Gundy said. ‘I guess, as we go along, we’ll see who can handle it and produce. I don’t mind if they are pissed off with me, but I don’t want it translating to their teammates. I need them to stay together as a group.’”

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  • spit hot fiyah

    That’s what happens when u have deep team, and Bass’ playing time is long overdue, he was killing in Dallas of the bench.

  • http://theghostofroyhobbs.blogspot.com Mo Charlo

    Pietrus is not who he used to be. No matter how cold Vince is, he’s still better than Pietrus.

  • 80

    It is not an issue who is better vince or him, it is just that in teams who play a team game everyone contributes, and their role is not always visible through stats. He should learn to adjust or go play for a weak team where his quality might be on display the way he feels it should be.

  • Squirrel7

    Doesn’t Pietrus have a wrist/thumb injury at the moment? He wears heavy strapping, and his shooting is woeful compared to last year, and I could’ve sworn I heard it mentioned that HE is the one who wants to play through the pain, Orlando wanted to let him recuperate. In which case, if you’re going to insist on playing at less than 100%, and play badly as a result, no-one’s to blame but you.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    What? Another player is angry at SVG’s rotation? No! Say it isn’t so! I have been frustrated with SVG’s rotation for, well…forever. Bass is a monster. He never saw this until recently. Redick needs more minutes and so does Gortat. Pietrus is good and a better defensive option than Carter or Lewis. This team is going to burn itself out or just implode if SVG continues to manage it the way he currently is. The Miami game was very telling.

  • Squirrel7

    And when the playoffs roll around, I’d rather have a healthy Pietrus than the unreliable Carter. Don’t get me wrong, Carter has more talent, but there’s something just not right mentally….

  • T-Money

    Orlando ain’t going nowhere fast. Bunch of whiners. From the GM, to the coach, to the stars, to the scrubs.

  • http://google c_cantrell

    dude is great in the clutch n plays much better d than vince.. with the score tied and a min left in the game i would have pietrus in over vince 11 times out of 10

  • http://staticseth.blogspot.com Seth

    Bench players who complain are annoying. Know your role or GTFO.

  • Tyquez

    air france is one of the best def after ron,shane i all wayz heard go d give you playing time

  • unrel

    i think 3-4 guys on the magic bench can start or have larger roles on other teams.. MP, Bass, Gortat, R.Anderson.. i know bench players are bench players.. but it sucks to see solid talent get little burn..

  • http://Yahoo.com Eboyhater

    You know what they say about the magic live by the three against non title contenders and die by the three agains championship teams

  • Bank$

    The major issue is that the Magic have the most talented team (1 – 12)in the NBA. And the person managing the talent cant even dress himself. He sat J.J. for 3 years (as he developed), He sat Bass all last year, he has bad rotations against the best teams and refuses to go big when necessary. But remember, come playoff time he expects these guys that don’t play all year to come up big. Just like Redick in 2008 against Boston, Cleveland and LA and Bass last year against Boston. If they played during the regular season, they might know what the heck they were doinf in crunch time. You IDIOT!