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ESPN sources: Shootaround absences may have been due to schedule confusion rather than planned boycott; also, they may have been due to planned boycott

ESPN’s Ric Bucher:

As for the boycott, one source said some of the players did not show up for the shootaround because they were told the starting time had changed. Austin Daye was one of the players who didn’t show up on time because of the misunderstanding, the source said, but it wasn’t clear how many other absent players were also confused. "The team boycott idea is being overblown," said the source. "It was more miscommunication than defiance."

In the same article, Bucher brings up the Pistons’ previously planned boycott against the Pacers before the All-Star break.

Before Friday’s game in Philadelphia, sources said, similar attempts were made by the same veterans to organize a teamwide no-show at the morning shootaround again, presumably in response to the fact that no trades were made before Thursday’s 3 p.m. trade deadline and the fact that Kuester was not let go.

This the problem with anonymous sources. People can push an agenda without facing public scrutiny.

The reports of a boycott are more prevalent and a little more reliable, so I’m going to cautiously believe that for now.

If Austin Daye or anyone else missed the shootaround because they failed to understand the time change,* they should play tonight. A one-game suspension is enough for that transgression.

*Assuming they should have known. If it wasn’t reasonable for them to know the start time changed, they should have played last night.


  • Feb 26, 20113:14 pm
    by BIG MARV


    Bison Dele is rolling over in his grave

  • Feb 26, 20113:45 pm
    by Adam


    If you want to believe this spin, then its another perfect example of Kuester’s excellent communication skills.

  • Feb 26, 20114:26 pm
    by Keith P.


    I read the article on ESPN.com before I saw your comments on it. Your title is hilariously apt at summing up Bucher’s sources.

  • Feb 26, 20114:46 pm
    by gordbrown


    Pistons resolve problems (sweep them under the rug?). Hamilton and Wilcox guilty, Stuckey and Daye somewhat innocent victims. If this is the case, then it would seem players put pot on the stove, but Keuster put the lid on it and held it until it exploded and made a mess all over the kitchen. I know it would look bad to fire him now and I guess if you arent’ going to make the playoffs, tanking a game to make a statement isn’t the worst crime. But he has clearly lost the team, that’s why they are losing and something else is going on besides just Hamilton. Perhaps the best solution would be to find some excuse to void Hamilton’s contract, finish that situation and then fire Kuester.

  • Feb 26, 20115:57 pm
    by gmehl1977


    So from all reports the team can’t even execute a proper team revolt against their coach properly. Its kind of like how the struggle to execute plays on the floor. I guess it shows how disjointed this team really is. I mean if they were going to do this properly (revolt against Kuester) then it would of been more effective if there wasn’t enough players to play yesterdays game give Joe no choice but to can Kuester.

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