A general theory floating around in Pistons world is that the players don’t particularly care for coach John Kuester. Based on some public arguments over the course of the season, it’s easy to see why. But not everyone on the team necessarily is at odds with the head coach.
On Wednesday, Wallace said Kuester still has his support as a coach and friend.
“Yeah, yeah,” Wallace said. “He is a good guy. When my basketball career is over he is still a guy I will pick up the phone and call.”
Now, certainly fellow veterans Rp Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince probably feel differently about the coach. But I found Wallace’s comments interesting because I think most people assume, since they’ve been teammates so long, Wallace was more aligned with Hamilton and Prince in the locker room than with Kuester. Wallace also is in a little different situation though. He’s a player the team clearly wants back around the young players for the final year of his contract (and likely his last year in the NBA). Prince and Hamilton, meanwhile, have NBA futures that are very much up in the air. Both will likely play somewhere next year, but it’s been clear for a while that both are most likely just running out the clock in their Detroit careers.