Rodney Stuckey already disclosed that he had been seeing a therapist, but in an excellent follow-up, Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press uncovered more details:
Stuckey credits part of his newfound success to the metro Detroit therapist he started seeing a few times per week after last season.
"It’s always good to hear something positive or just to hear anything from someone that’s not with you in your circle," Stuckey said. "You always have your best friends, your mom, whoever, to turn to, but they are probably going to say what you want to hear.
"You can have someone to be real with you who’s not really judging you, it’s looking at you different."
Stuckey was the youngest of four brothers growing up in the Seattle area, and he readily admits he didn’t learn proper conflict resolution skills. Although he has been reluctant to rehash the past, it’s a safe bet his upbringing contributed to his rocky relationship with Kuester, who was fired after last season.
"My mom always taught us that if someone talks smack to you or steps up to you, you have to protect yourself," Stuckey said. "That’s just how I carried myself, like if someone would raise their voice at me, I would always have to respond because that’s the way I know how to do it. That’s just the way I was raised.
"It teaches you how to handle things differently. It does not always have to be anger. It can always be something positive. If someone yells at you, just try to handle it in a different way."
I really, really like this Rodney Stuckey.
First of all, kudos to Stuckey for being so open about his therapy. In sports culture, that’s not always accepted, and it shows some courage by Stuckey to put this out there.
Second, it’s great to see Stuckey’s new mindset. He seems more comfortable on the court and happier in general. That’s great for him and great for the Pistons.
It’s also apparent he’s becoming a better teammate. Ellis:
He is planning a trip to Sweden with teammate Jonas Jerebko.
Before last season, Stuckey declared himself a leader. If he did that last year, I didn’t see it. But this season, he appears to be really making this his team.