I don’t think Maurice Cheeks’ undoing with the Pistons was benching Andre Drummond just 11 seconds into the second half of a loss to the Mavericks, but it probably didn’t help his case.
One player later said the problem was that Drummond did exactly what he thought he was supposed to do and Cheeks didn’t understand that it was a product of miscommunication, not defiance.
Drummond and Gores communicate every couple of weeks about things, the player said, and seeing the franchise player unhappy probably didn’t go over well with the owner. Within a couple of days, Gores was in southeast Michigan, and the process of dismissal began to take shape.
Mayo also added:
He commonly didn’t know at his press briefing, less than two hours before a game, who the Pistons’ inactive players would be.
If that surprises you, you weren’t paying attention.