Vincent Goodwill: Rodney Stuckey’s inactivation ‘seems like’ it stemmed from ‘something verbal at Sat practice’

What was the deal with Rodney Stuckey being inactivated for the Pistons’ win over the Magic last night? Lawrence Frank isn’t saying. David Mayo of MLive:

"Just coach’s decision," he said. "That’s as far as I’m going. I’m sorry to be evasive but that’s all I’m giving you."

"I know I’m not helping you guys do your job and I’m not trying to be a you-know-what, although I am a you-know-what," Frank joked. "It’s just a coach’s decision. You can probe. You guys have got to do your job and I’m sorry that I’m not giving you the answer you want but we keep that in the locker room."

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News dug a little deeper, via his Twitter:

Talking to the players re: Stuckey, they all appeared to be surprised when they found out he wasn’t playing via coach’s decision.

Doesn’t seem like Stuckey and Frank got into a knock-down drag out confrontation, from everything I’ve gathered. A bit surprising

Prince, Monroe and Villanueva were all around for Stuckey-Kue, so they know what it looks like. Seems like something verbal at Sat practice

You have to wonder if this was a slight disagreement followed by some thin skin.

I take that final tweet to mean Frank had think skin, but perhaps Goodwill meant Stuckey. Either way, both sides often have thin skins in these situations.

On one hand, it’s tough to give Stuckey the benefit of the doubt, considering his previous run-ins with a coach. On the other hand, those problems came with John Kuester, who seemingly everyone had issues with.

It’s really tough to offer other thoughts on this incident without knowing anymore information. But if Stuckey and Frank get back on the same page soon – or already back on the same page – I doubt it will matter. This seems like the type of minor dustup that quickly becomes forgettable if it doesn’t escalate.

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