John Kuester didn’t have to pick winning or Richard Hamilton’s feelings

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit wrote a column called “Pistons coach is right: Winning trumps Richard Hamilton’s feelings,” and it case you think an editor mis-headlined it, the article also includes this line:

But what it all comes down to is this:Management has to look out for the team, not one individual.

I have a simple question. Why was the choice between winning and Richard Hamilton’s feelings?

The key issue is John Kuester refusing to speak with Richard Hamilton, not the coach removing Hamilton from the lineup. Indications are Hamilton has the same priority.

Even if he believes he shouldn’t have been pulled from the rotation, Hamilton hasn’t publicly articulated that belief. That shows restraint, and when you feel strongly about something, showing restraint is difficult. That’s the same reason Hamilton couldn’t restrain himself from telling Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press he felt offended Kuester didn’t come to him directly – because Hamilton felt strongly about what he felt was a sign of disrespect.

So, I’ll go back to my original question. In what possible way does Kuester refusing to speak with Hamilton help the Pistons win?

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