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Tuesday, November 16th, 2010 at 9:00 am  |  28 responses

Tayshaun Prince vs John Kuester: Round II

by Marcel Mutoni / @marcel_mutoni

The Detroit Pistons‘ season is only 11 games old, and already, there have been two public spats between head coach John Kuester and veteran forward Tayshaun Prince.

Last night, before the Pistons’ furious comeback against the Warriors fell just short, Prince and Kuester had to be separated. Things got so heated between the two, that Kuester reportedly asked a Pistons security official to remove Tayshaun from the bench.

Prince, of course, remained in the game, and helped Detroit stage their big comeback. Afteward, the two sides attempted to explain what happened.

From the Detroit News:

Frustration began to boil over in the second quarter as the Pistons were getting run off the floor. After Prince was beat on a fast break for an alley-oop by Rodney Carney, then scored on during the next two possessions, the Warriors’ lead ballooned to 25 and Kuester called timeout. On the way to the bench, Kuester and Prince had words. Then Prince slammed his towel down, yelling at Kuester and walked away from the huddle.

Kuester responded in kind, and had to be restrained by assistant coach Darrell Walker. Kuester and Prince continued jawing throughout the stoppage in play. After the timeout, Kuester attempted to walk over to Prince and continue their discussion, but Walker stepped in again. “This game is emotional,” Kuester said. “This game is played with passion. That’s what we needed at this stage of the game, that passion. And I thought he responded in the second half.”

“I voiced my opinion, he voiced his,” said Prince, who scored 15. “We were getting our heads bashed in. Nothing was going our way, they were picking us apart. Maybe I didn’t handle it the right way.” Prince, however, stopped short of saying it was a one-time occurrence. The two have gotten into it before, this season and last. After an ugly loss to Boston, Kuester called out the team asking for more leadership, and Prince pointed the finger back at Kuester when talking to media.

The writers in Detroit stressed that Pistons management could not possibly be pleased with these public displays of anger between coach and player, and there were also questions about Kuester’s rotations.

The Detroit Pistons are 4-7, and the rest of their schedule this month doesn’t exactly make things seem very promising for them. John Kuester needs to come up with solutions on many fronts, and do so real soon.

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  • JoeMaMa

    I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: massive egos, millions upon millions of dollars on the line, thousands of fans watching in the arena, millions more watching on TV, a mad desire to win, a physical sport. Aggression is going to happen. These guys don’t get paid to be nice; they get paid to win. And if anyone’s under more pressure to win than the players, it’s the coach; they can get fired at the drop of a hat. If I’m a Pistons fan, I’m happy knowing that these guys will get into it in order to win the game.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nick tha Quick

    Charlie V later tweeted,” OMG! Coach K said some mean things about Tayshaun and likes to pick on skinny small forwards.”

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ niQ

    I think we will be seeing Prince in another uniform soon..

  • MrSuper

    @ niQ
    Nah, it’s ok if they blow off some steam with talk. Gets their juices going.

  • MUBWAR

    It was just a few years back when the Pistons made it to 6 str8 ECF. Thats what you deserve when you get rid of your Finals MVP point guard. Bi bi bi Billups.

  • Hammer

    Its NEVER a good thing when a dispute like that folds out n public,during a game,getting blown-out and u have a losing record. Very reminiscent 2 horry throwing his towel @ danny ainges’ face. But it falls on kuester n my opinion. He is the coach. He’s got 2 show more poise and restrain himself more

  • http://twitter.com/HarryByrdMan44 LA Huey

    Tayshaun: My name is the “Prince”
    Kuester: Why?
    Tayshaun: I don’t know, I’m just a hell of a guy.

  • JTaylor21

    None of this ish would’ve happened if the pistons drafted wade or melo instead they are stuck with the ghost of darkooooo.

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    Word, JTaylor. Of course, due to the media’s inexplicable love affair with Joe Dumars at the time, drafting Darko was considered yet another brilliant move by him. Idiots.

  • All Day

    I didn’t know Tayshaun had that type of fight in him…that cat is always so calm and laid-back…then again he is from Compton, so he’s got that fight in him.

  • Glenn

    I think the love affair is easily explained. He built a team of hard working cast-offs who came together to form the ultimate team and win more games than anyone else in the eastern conference. And Darko was being touted as the 2nd best player way before Detroit had the #2 pick.

  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    Hahahahah @ heuy But Tayshaun is pulling this whole act for the sole purpose of getting the hell outta there. I feel him too

  • ClydeSays

    Why are Prince & Rip still on that team? It’s obvious they’re rebuilding and not willing to spend any more to be competitive. Either player would be a nice add to contender. Dumars will likely as for picks in any trade and get them…

  • feez22

    kuester’s 1 on 5 offense is the absolute worst offense for the pistons. Kuester take your head out of your ass and realise that lebron, wade, kobe and melo are not pistons. How stagnant this offense is is just mindblowing considering the lack of talent the pistons have. there should be movement and a lot of it to create open shots. Kuester is clueless finally prince airs out what all pistons fans including myself want to say to the dude. & ya to that darko thing ppl don’t remember… darko was said to be the next best big man its not like a marvin williams pick or a shelden williams pick where we knew they would be busts. If detroit doesn’t pick darko, denver absolutely does. Not trying to validate the pick or anything just saying what happened back then. dumars has shot misses ever since. he should have been fired a long time ago.

  • http://slamonline.com nbk

    Obviously Joe Dumars is the most overrated GM in NBA history. He literally has made 2 good calls his entire Career as the Pistons GM. The rest are worse then bad, Darko, AI, Keeping Rip and Tayshun when you could have unloaded them for young talent more then once, signing Charlie V and Ben Gordon, hiring John Kuester and so on

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Regardless, this team is a freakin’ mess.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Orl could use rip or tay. Ak47s got an expiring deal, but I think utah will hold onto him. Rip would fit perfectly in okc. They both have to go, before trade deadline

  • http://www.stonesthrow.com Michael NZ

    Rip would be GREAT in either OKC or Utah. Perfect, actually.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Wayno

    RIP would fit in New Orleans too…pretty much any team with an elite PG would be good for him.

  • ai come back

    i feeel bad for rip hed a been so good elsewhere

  • http://www.twitter.com/JoshElam JE

    props to LA Huey for pulling out the ‘girls ain’t nothin but trouble’ quote.

  • http://thephotoriot.com davidR

    TADone is missing from these boards

  • barnabusb

    TADone is probably busy poking his eyes out with spoons like all the other Pistons fans.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Keuster might be cancerous.

    to the team.

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  • JalepinoSausage

    Lebron said things :-) , EVERYBODY SUDDENLY JUMPS ON THE BANDWAGON.

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