basketball has seemed like a chore to Stuckey. He didn’t really enjoy the game. After all, nobody likes losing and combined with the turmoil he had a part in last season, it’s easy to see why there wasn’t much to smile about.
He was at odds with previous coach John Kuester, and there seemed to be two different yet distinctive teams in the Pistons locker room last season.
But Knight seems to have lit something inside Stuckey — in a positive way. He readily admits Knight has had an effect on him.
But there’s a more positive spirit, an infectiousness Knight has carried with him since arriving here. Knight is enthusiastic while not being braggadocios or disrespectful. It can’t help but permeate the rest of the team.
Perhaps Knight showed Stuckey how to be a consummate professional, simply with his work ethic.
"He’s a lot happier, and I think everybody can see it," one teammate said about Stuckey.
Stuckey speaks of Knight in a big-brother type of way, one that’s surprising considering Stuckey has seemingly shied away from being a leader.
Stuckey has already planned to workout with Knight this summer. The pair has played pretty well together this season, even if Knight’s heavy minutes put more on Stuckey’s plate. Now it makes a little more sense why Stuckey hasn’t complained about that. Hopefully, the duo continues to grow together.