Well, we all had to know this would be coming sooner or later. Via Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press, Tayshaun Prince had some constructive criticism for the coaching staff after the Pistons’ debacle against Orlando Wednesday:
But Tayshaun Prince openly wondered afterward why Frank didn’t respond quicker with substitutions when it was obvious Prince and the rest of the starting five didn’t have it.
“If I was coach, I would have made the decision sooner than what he did,” Prince said in the Amway Center visitors’ locker room. “Know what I mean?
“6-0 run, call time-out. Bam, bam and we come back out and nothing happens the second time. Bam,” Prince said while snapping his fingers for emphasis.
I definitely do know what you mean, Mr. Prince. That’s certainly not shades of ‘buffoonery’ just yet, but Prince is not a patient guy. If the team keeps playing poorly, I think we can expect more commentary from him as the season progresses. The team is almost replaying the John Kuester era, except from the opposite extreme. Kuester famously (and annoyingly) mixed and matched his rotation so often that his combinations rarely ever got a chance to start working or failing before he was already changing them up again. He was a chronic tinkerer. Frank’s rotations are so set in stone that the only significant change he’s made in two years came about when Rodney Stuckey essentially had to beg his way out of the starting lineup.
There is a middle ground there somewhere, I think.