Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton, to put it lightly, didn’t get along with John Kuester last season. I think all three handled things poorly last year, but to their credit, they’re taking the high road now.
Prince, via Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:
"Everybody wishes they would’ve done something differently," said forward Tayshaun Prince, one of Kuester’s critics. "Not just when Kuester was coach, but everybody. I had times where I wished I would’ve done something differently."
"It doesn’t matter, you can blame it on everybody," Prince said. "When things are going upside down, everybody throws their pieces into it. To blame it on one person is wrong."
Asked what he thought of Kuester as a coach, Hamilton said:
"I thought he was great. He’s a great X and O guy. A guy that can really draw up plays. He did that during the championship days when I was in Detroit with Larry Brown. Larry Brown would let him control the huddle and things like that. I think he’s a great X and O (coach). Any time you have a first year head coach, it’s always hard. It’s always hard. But I thought that he did a great job and hopefully he’ll get another opportunity."
"One person I will bring up is Rip Hamilton," Kuester said. "Rip and I have a very good relationship. We had a conversation where we came to an understanding. I felt very comfortable at the end of the conversation."
While he declined to say what they spoke about, Kuester added:
"Sometimes, in all situations, it’s not always what’s being done on the floor. There’s a lot of things that are outside that are either pulling a player to go in a different direction or feeling uncomfortable or whatever."