John Kuester Benches Pistons Players That Skipped Practice, Gets Ejected In 110-94 Loss

Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady, Ben Wallace and Rodney Stuckey were all held out of the Detroit Pistons’ 110-94 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night after skipping the morning shootaround, reportedly in protest of head coach John Kuester. The matter was called an internal decision, leaving the Pistons with just six available players in the loss.

Kuester himself wasn’t long for the game either, earning two technicals in the second quarter as he was ejected for arguing a call. Tracy McGrady was seen laughing at the ejection as he sat on the bench in warmups. Friday’s drama comes as Piston players voiced criticism about Kuester, both actively and passively protesting the head coach.

With only one available bench player, the Pistons were no match for the Sixers in a 16-point loss. Five players were listed as DNP-Coaches’ Decision while the reason given for Prince not playing was listed as a stomach ailment.

For more on the Pistons, check out SB Nation’s Detroit Bad Boys.

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