Will Bynum doesn’t regret standing up to Maurice Cheeks

Will Bynum, who had a minor confrontation with Maurice Cheeks during the Pistons’ loss to the Magic last night, via Brendan Savage of MLive:

"It was in the heat of the moment," said Bynum, who was the last player off the practice floor. "I care. It’s hard for me to sit back and act like I don’t care because I do. All I’m really concerned with is winning. If I see something that’s not right, sometimes in the heat of the moment you kind of say something.

"I don’t regret it. I regret the fact that maybe I was a bit too passionate about it. But other than that, no."

Will Bynum approach Cheeks?

"Nope."

Does he think they’ll speak?

"Nah."

Never change, Will. Never change.

Cheeks, to his credit, thoroughly explained why Bynum got such a short hook – and didn’t return – on a night Brandon Jennings also turned in a dud. Via Vincent Goodwill of The Detroit News:

“It’s been around for a long time. Starters get a little more leeway than guys coming off the bench,” Cheeks said. “I’m harder on point guards than normal because I think they have a huge impact on the game. Their value is pretty special.”

“(Shooting) is one aspect of the game,” Cheeks said. “You can still be out there trying on the floor, like I thought Brandon was — trying — despite shooting 5 for 23.”

On some level, I agree with this. Jennings is a better player than Bynum, which is why Jennings starts over Bynum. No matter how well either plays in the small sample of a partial game, Jennings is still better than Bynum. So, Jennings should get a longer leash.

However, it seems Cheeks is relying a lot on effort. Is he really implying Will Bynum wasn’t playing hard enough? MFWB? Really?

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