Tayshaun Prince, to the shock of no one, became the first Pistons player this season to criticize Lawrence Frank. Well, Will Bynum is apparently joining the party. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:
After saying he wished Singler were still on the second unit because he enjoyed playing with him, Bynum told the Free Press: "I’m having to adjust to everybody. I’m playing with so many different people. First I go from not playing with (Rodney) Stuckey to playing with Stuckey every day. I go from playing with Kyle all the time to never playing with Kyle. I’m playing with Tayshaun (Prince). Early on I was playing with Brandon (Knight) and I never played with him in two years since I’ve been here. It’s all over the place right now."
Combine that comment with Prince questioning the substitution pattern and time-out usage of coach Lawrence Frank during the pathetic third quarter of Wednesday night’s 94-80 debacle against the Magic, and we have reached familiar territory when it comes to the Pistons.
Things haven’t reached the point of no return, but it’s obvious as the losses mount that players are beginning to publicly question Frank’s decision-making process.
Tone is everything here. Bynum might have just been explaining the downside of lineup decisions he supports in sum. But I’ll trust Ellis, who clearly wrote that Bynum was questioning Frank.
Frank has already lost the fans. He’s beginning to lose the traditional media. I don’t know whether he’s lost the players, but he appears headed in that direction.