For now, Lawrence Frank plans to go back to the team’s normal starting lineup Friday despite Kyle Singler‘s good performance in the team’s lone win of the season Wednesday. But, at least publicly, Rodney Stuckey isn’t as adamant about holding onto that starting shooting guard spot as … uh … a certain former Pistons shooting guard who loved to start. Via David Mayo of MLive:
Stuckey, who did not practice Tuesday and did not travel with the team to Philadelphia because of flu-like symptoms, said he would be amenable to becoming a go-to scorer on the second unit if Frank decided on a switch.
“I would love doing that,” Stuckey said. “I have no problems, man. whatever L wants me to do.”
Stuckey said he watched parts of the first half of Wednesday’s game until his son woke up and wanted to watch a children’s show, “Baby Einstein.”
“When I was watching, I thought Kyle played phenomenal,” Stuckey said. “He did an excellent job. I was just happy to see him go out there and play the way he did. Like I said, if I need to come off the bench, I’ll do it. Whatever coach wants me to do to help the team, that’s what I’ll do.”
Those are positive quotes from Stuckey, and contrary to the image of him portrayed by Chris Broussard’s anonymous source. Of course, it’s probably easier to say you’d be OK with not starting when it appears your starting job isn’t in jeopardy for now, but Stuckey went beyond just being professional in those quotes, he sounds like he might actually like that role. The second unit would certainly give him more freedom to be the centerpiece of the offense than he has in the starting lineup with the Pistons clearly trying to run things through Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe.