Coach benches best player, who shows frustration but won’t talk about it


Andre Drummond got benched twice in the Pistons’ loss to the Mavericks on Sunday.

What gives?

Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

Drummond didn’t want to speak to the media after the game. He was clearly bothered by what happened.

Maurice Cheeks, via David Mayo of MLive:

“It was about his play, just about his play,” Cheeks said of the quick hook. “He went right back in. It’s a learning experience to do what we’re trying to do out of a timeout (actually halftime), and I don’t think he did it right. We took him out, we put him right back in.”

“He just had a bad game,” Cheeks said. “The guy’s 20 years old. We’re not going to expect him to be like a machine every night, to go get 18, 19 rebounds. He’s 20 years old. He didn’t have a good game.”

I tried to sort through what happened at ProBasketballTalk.

Tags: Andre Drummond Brandon Jennings Maurice Cheeks