April 04, 2011
When you're playing one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, you want to have all your weapons on hand, right? Well, the Detroit Pistons chose to go without guard Rodney Stuckey(notes) on Sunday night against the Boston Celtics and lost 101-90.
The Detroit News reports that Stuckey's benching, according to a source, was because he refused to enter the fourth quarter of Friday's game against the Chicago Bulls. That was the night when a slew of Piston alums were in attendance for ceremonies to retire Dennis Rodman's jersey.
"This is a growing process, and we've had a slight setback," Pistons coach John Kuester said Sunday, according to the paper.
Stuckey was on the floor when the fourth quarter started Friday, but then, with six minutes left, he got taken out for Tayshaun Prince(notes). Kuester went to put Stuckey back in a couple of minutes later, but he wouldn't go.
Stuckey has six games left as a Piston before he becomes a restricted free agent this summer. However, he told the News that he would like to return to the Motor City.
"At the end of the year, I have to sit down with my agent, do what we have to do," Stuckey said, according to the paper. "But yeah, I want to return. I'm very comfortable here. I love the community, I help out a lot around here."