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Report: Pistons’ Stuckey benched Sunday for disobeying coach

Rodney Stuckey Chris Bosh

Miami Heat vs. Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills on March 23, 2011 in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

Gregory Shamus

You would think after this season every Piston player had to be benched for insubordination for a game. Sunday was Rodney Stuckey’s turn, apparently.

Pistons coach John Kuester benched Stuckey for the Pistons beat down at the hands of the Celtics Sunday as punishment for refusing to enter the game at one point Friday night, according to the Detroit News.

Friday night Stuckey was pulled for Tayshaun Prince with six minutes remaining, then a couple minutes later refused to re-enter the game. His comments after the game Sunday the Detroit News pretty much summed up this season in Detroit.

After Sunday’s game, Stuckey repeatedly said “there are six games left.”

“That’s all I have to say,” said Stuckey when pressed about it. “Six games left. That’s it. I can survive for six games.”

Stuckey will be a restricted free agent this summer… at least he would have been under the current CBA. So the Pistons could match any offer under the old rules. Take your own guess as to what the new rules will be.

The Pistons have had a long season of player run ins with their coach. The team needs to do some housecleaning right now, but until the ownership situation is settled that isn’t likely to happen. So they keep limping along.