Ben Wallace: “Coaches and players usually don’t like each other”


Ben Wallace seems to be the go-to guy for great quotes lately. After delivering a passionate defense of Rip Hamilton a few days ago, he pointed out to Vince Ellis of the Free Press that it’s pretty commonplace for coaches and players to not be on the same page:

“Players don’t like coaches telling them what to do. Coaches don’t like players telling them what they’re not going to do.You just got to find a way to go out there and get the job done.”

As Ellis points out, that’s certainly been the case in the Pistons’ locker room with Rick Carlisle, Flip Saunders and Michael Curry all feuding with certain players on the roster. But it was John Kuester‘s quote in the piece that I found funniest. Ellis pointed out that with Rodney Stuckey potentially returning, it will be difficult to play three shooting guards. Here was Kuester’s response:

“It’s simple math,” Kuester said. “We’ve tried to make sure that guys know exactly where they stood.”

What a revelation! Hopefully, this is true and Kuester has communicated better with all parties since, you know, he didn’t seem to communicate where guys stood at all prior to this.

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