Jonas Jerebko has not played in 28 of the Pistons’ last 29 games, and he played just six minutes in his lone appearance. It’s a long string of DNP-CDs for a player accustomed to be a superstar in his native Sweden and a productive starter and reserve in Detroit.
Well, Jerebko’s father appears to blame Lawrence Frank.
Detroit’s coach is a square type and hopefully he is not there next year
To be fair, approximately 100 percent of parents of NBA players who ride the bench want their son’s coach fired. This is only newsworthy because Chris Jerebko said it, not because he thought it.
Jerebko – who previously said, “Of course I’m disappointed, but all I can do is keep working hard, and that’s what I’m doing” – doesn’t seem to care about the report. Jerebko, via Perry A. Farrell of the Detroit Free Press:
"I didn’t read the story, so I don’t know what it said. Everybody has a right to their own opinion. It’s media. They probably twisted it."
That’s certainly possible. I don’t know enough about svt.se to vouch for its credibility. But I’d guess the quote is accurate. And if Chris Jerebko didn’t actually say he wanted Frank fired, I could find plenty of people to say it instead.
As far as controversies go, this one rates as pretty small. Jerebko played poorly to start this season, and initially, Charlie Villanueva and Austin Daye played well in his place. Villanueva and Daye have slipped lately, and it appears Jerebko is in line to regain his rotation spot.
At that point, it will be up to him to prove he deserves to play, and if he does, this will all fade away.