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Richard Hamilton vs. John Kuester

Richard Hamilton vs. John Kuester

Detroit Pistons 2011

There’s nothing quite like a good old fashioned mutiny to tear an franchise apart. Richard Hamilton, a beloved member of the Pistons organization and core member of their mid-2000s run, fell out of favor with coach John Kuester in 2011 and was relegated to the bench. That didn’t sit too well with Hamilton, who just a week earlier had verbally assaulted his coach in the middle of practice. He then staged a protest where he (along with Tracy McGrady, Tayshaun Prince, and Chris Wilcox) skipped the morning shootaround; it didn’t get their coach dismissed right then and there, but Kuester was gone after the season ended. Hamilton lasted until early into the 2011-12 season, when he was waived and subsequently picked up by the Bulls.