Kendrick Perkins chops up Monty Williams after his salty comments

Mar 22, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Monty Williams argues a call
Mar 22, 2024; Detroit, Michigan, USA; Detroit Pistons head coach Monty Williams argues a call / Lon Horwedel-USA TODAY Sports

When the Detroit Pistons are in the news, it is never a good thing.

From their record-breaking losing streak, to player arrests, to copious late-season injuries, the Pistons have made headlines for all of the wrong reasons.

The most recent culprit is Monty Williams, who took exception to the way the Knicks ran up the score, feeding the ball to Donte DiVincenzo to get him the Knicks' 3-point record.

I didn't mind Williams' comments, as at least he showed some fire, and it can't be easy to coach this roster, which is currently featuring G-Leaguers and emergency replacement players. I'd probably be salty in the press conference too.

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This is ultimately much ado about nothing, but some coherent counterpoints were made by an unlikely source.

Kendrick Perkins calls out Detroit Pistons coach Monty Williams

I can't believe I am going to say this, but Kendrick Perkins had some fair points about Monty Williams on a recent segment of "Chop it or Drop it" on NBA Today.

Perkins called out the Pistons 12-60 record before pointing out that the NBA is professional basketball with no "mercy rule" and that the Knicks were just doing their jobs.

I have to agree with Perkins here, if the Pistons don't like being on the wrong side of someone else's history, then do something to stop it. If you don't like getting blown out, don't put out a team that looks like a G-League roster.

I feel for Monty Williams, as the team is not only terrible, but half of the roster is out with injuries right now, but the Pistons' sorrows aren't the Knicks' problem.

You can't get mad when the other teams don't let up in a professional sport driven by wins and statistics.

One thing I disagree with Perkins on is that Williams should be mad at the "individuals he's coaching in that locker room." The last two games the Pistons have put out rotations with guys who have barely played together, with G-Leaguers and players on recent 10-day contracts. This isn't on them, as they are not being put in any kind of position to succeed.

This is on everyone involved with building one of the most dysfunctional teams in the league, on the players and coaches that got them to this point, not on the sacrificial lambs sent out as offerings as the Pistons waive the white flag down the stretch again.

Monty's indignation is understandable, but it's misplaced.