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Pistons, Kuester share irreconcilable differences?

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08:02 AM ET 11.17 | Incidents with Ben Gordon, Rodney Stuckey and, most recently and spectacularly, Tayshaun Prince underscore an issue. Pistons fans have heard this one before -- the players have lost confidence in their coach. The issues are the way he handles players and his coaching abilities. When the players are looking for a reason for the team's 4-7 start, they will point directly at the bench. And although this movie is awfully familiar, considering the locker-room problems with previous coaches Flip Saunders and Michael Curry, several veterans say they have never seen it this bad -- especially since the season is so young.

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Tayshaun Prince , AP Tayshaun Prince , AP
November 17, 2010  08:07 AM ET

Wow this 4-7 teams is making headlines like they were expecting to be contending or something this year.....

November 17, 2010  08:07 AM ET

If the coaches are changing and the players are staying, seems to be a problem with the veteran players. Hit the road jacks.

November 17, 2010  08:13 AM ET

Wow this 4-7 teams is making headlines like they were expecting to be contending or something this year.....

November 17, 2010  08:18 AM ET

Its all Dumars' fault

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November 17, 2010  08:29 AM ET
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Its all Dumars' fault

It's about time he went.

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November 17, 2010  08:38 AM ET
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Once again longevity is the great revealer. Joe D was being hailed as a basketball guru when he assembled the team that benefitted from the Lakers implosion. And ever since that title was won, Joe has followed one boneheaded decision with another.

The years after the title he kept them in contention, they played the C's extremely hard in the Eastern Conference finals even in 2008 - but that was due to the strength of his core guys.

Trading for Iverson was the beginning of the end.

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November 17, 2010  08:50 AM ET
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Actually his first boneheaded move was losing Big Ben. That changed the dynamic and effed up the chemistry. It's been all downhill from there.

You know, I don't know if I agree. That is a tough call - a four year $60 million contract for a player that can't score the ball? And given Wallace's decline in Chicago it seems like the Piston's knew something. At least that was on the grey area. And the Pistons remained a good team without him.

It was when he traded Billups for Iverson that he got hosed outright for the first time. Then came Ben Gordan, Villanueva, Maxille...

November 17, 2010  09:42 AM ET

Tayshaun come home to LA, Bro.

November 17, 2010  09:57 AM ET

so this is what their 3rd straight coach with the issues......nah ...sounds like the players to me

November 17, 2010  10:05 AM ET
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It was when he traded Billups for Iverson that he got hosed outright for the first time. Then came Ben Gordan, Villanueva, Maxille...

I both agree and disagree (if that's possible).
I agree that the Billups traded was the beginning of the end
I also agree that Gordon + Villanueva was not the rebirth the Pistons had in mind when they traded Chauncey.

Though, as tough a spot as they're in, the Pistons would be worse with cap space than with Gordon & Villanueva. Also, Chauncey is looking awfully long in the tooth these days. Lastly, the Pistons core was underachieving and it was clear in their ECF loss to the Cs in 2008.

November 17, 2010  10:23 AM ET

When you have basically the same core team and go through a handful of coaches in a short span of time (citing the same reason for each coach)....maybe it's the players. It's about time for this team to be blown up and remade.

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November 17, 2010  11:17 AM ET

I can't remember what I said that had me getting my post removed. But I bet the Pistons would argue over it.

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November 17, 2010  11:56 AM ET
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It's about time he went.

He should have years ago. The man made so many mistakes it's hard to even count them all. The beginning of the end was the drafting of Darko. Boot him Detroit!

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November 17, 2010  11:56 AM ET
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Who knows? The T&R moderators boggle the mind with that stuff.

What do you expect for a minimum wage job. Don't worry they will outsource to India soon....

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