Rodney Stuckey famously butted heads with former Detroit Pistons head coach John Keuster (though in fairness to Stuckey, half the team seemed to have a problem with Keuster), so when word came out that he was listed as inactive for Sunday’s game against the Orlando Magic, the natural assumption that many made was that he had a run-in with coach Lawrence Frank.
That may be the case or it may not be the case, but either no one knows what went on or they’re just not telling.
According to The Detroit News’ Vincent Goodwill, the other players were unaware of an altercation before being notified that Stuckey wouldn’t be playing.
“(Frank) told us before the game, really. He just said he was inactive and that’s basically it,” said Greg Monroe… “I didn’t ask why, I just went with it.”
The Pistons have been playing better ball of late — they’ve won 10 of their last 16 games and currently find themselves “just” four games out of playoff position — so you’d hate to see a player/coach rift develop at this point (not that there’s ever a good time). The good news is that the other players don’t seem to be acting like it’s a major problem and don’t seem to be upset about the situation themselves. For now we’re left to assume that it was a minor problem that should be cleared up soon with minimal long-term ramifications.