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Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton mend fences with John Kuester

Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton, to put it lightly, didn’t get along with John Kuester last season. I think all three handled things poorly last year, but to their credit, they’re taking the high road now.

Prince, via Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

"Everybody wishes they would’ve done something differently," said forward Tayshaun Prince, one of Kuester’s critics. "Not just when Kuester was coach, but everybody. I had times where I wished I would’ve done something differently."

"It doesn’t matter, you can blame it on everybody," Prince said. "When things are going upside down, everybody throws their pieces into it. To blame it on one person is wrong."

Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA:

Asked what he thought of Kuester as a coach, Hamilton said:

"I thought he was great. He’s a great X and O guy. A guy that can really draw up plays. He did that during the championship days when I was in Detroit with Larry Brown. Larry Brown would let him control the huddle and things like that. I think he’s a great X and O (coach). Any time you have a first year head coach, it’s always hard. It’s always hard. But I thought that he did a great job and hopefully he’ll get another opportunity."

"One person I will bring up is Rip Hamilton," Kuester said. "Rip and I have a very good relationship. We had a conversation where we came to an understanding. I felt very comfortable at the end of the conversation."

While he declined to say what they spoke about, Kuester added:

"Sometimes, in all situations, it’s not always what’s being done on the floor. There’s a lot of things that are outside that are either pulling a player to go in a different direction or feeling uncomfortable or whatever."

7 Comments

  • Mar 6, 20129:11 am
    by gmehl1977

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    While he declined to say what they spoke about, Kuester added:
    “Sometimes, in all situations, it’s not always what’s being done on the floor. There’s a lot of things that are outside that are either pulling a player to go in a different direction or feeling uncomfortable or whatever.”

    Wow…Kuester with the right hook comment to Joe’s forehead or am I reading too much into it???

    • Mar 6, 20129:18 am
      by Patrick Hayes

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      I don’t think so, I read that the same way. Although based on some other quotes by Kuester in there, it’s possible he was talking about Karen Davidson too.

  • Mar 6, 201210:18 am
    by Peksecutioner

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    Too late for compliments and high roads now fellas…

  • Mar 6, 201211:01 am
    by domnick

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    sorry kinda off topic here.. i hope we can start talking about trades.. and since JOE D is keeping us clueless… then i wanna bring this up…. Austin Daye for Chase Budinger! i wanna get this guy!

    • Mar 6, 201211:25 am
      by labatts

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      Perhaps we should start by only allowing Dumars to select 2nd round draft picks.  We can use the dart board for the 1st round.

      • Mar 6, 20123:07 pm
        by Max

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        That would have worked out great with Monroe.   He was a terrible pick.

        • Mar 6, 20126:20 pm
          by labatts

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          Its the same ratio as using the dart board.

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