Tayshaun Prince and Will Bynum both said their comments about Pistons coach Lawrence Frank’s substitution patterns were misinterpreted.
Prince was not available during pregame media access. However, Bynum said later in the team’s Palace locker room that the second-team point guard has to adjust to his teammates and his comments had nothing to do with Frank’s substitution patterns.
Kudos to Ellis for reporting that. It’s an awkward situation, because he, like the rest of the media, framed the statements as critical, but the public should should know Prince’s and Bynum’s responses.
There is room for players and coaches to disagree about strategy and still respect each other, and there’s even room to discuss those disagreements with the media. Players can also discuss the downsides of decisions and still agree with those decisions.
I don’t know whether any of the above was the case here or whether Prince and Bynum are simply backtracking. For now, I’ll accept that Prince and Bynum didn’t intend to criticize Frank, but if they say something else that sounds critical, it might be harder to give them the benefit of the doubt.