Stan Van Gundy is perhaps the rantiest of ranty coaches, and every coach at any level is sure to come down staunchly on John Kuester‘s side in the whole mutiny/not a mutiny debate that still rages in Detroit, so the fact that SVG expressed a strong opinion on the matter wasn’t surprising. It’s what he do.
But in all of his bluster, I found this comment most interesting, and I wonder if the potential free agent Pistons whose names were linked to this — Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady, Rodney Stuckey and Chris Wilcox — considered the possible league-wide backlash the mutiny/not a mutiny could have on their next contracts:
“That’s about the weakest group of players I’ve seen in the NBA — people that would do that. Patrick Ewing and I were talking about it and we were saying that if any of those guys become free agents, why in God’s name would you want any of them on your basketball team?”
It has been established already that what actually happened last Friday will probably never be fully known by those not directly involved. But whether the “mutiny” aspect was over-stated or not, it’s clearly a question those free agents to be will probably have to answer if they plan to change teams in the offseason.