Detroit Pistons Mutiny (with Tracy McGrady video)

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Practice?! We're talking about practice?!
If you're keeping score at home, Tracy McGrady has left scorched earth behind every NBA franchise for whom he has played.

He left Toronto for Orlando just as his career was finally beginning to blossom, eventually wore out his welcome (amidst copious amounts of playoff failure) in Orlando and forced a trade to Houston, and finally here in Houston eventually succumbed to microfracture surgery (a decision to undergo such surgery that he was kind enough to inform the media about prior to letting his employer know).

Eventually, he and his expiring contract were sent to New York where he was being referred to as "Knee Mac" by his second game in a Knicks uniform.

Perhaps it's because he's only under a one-year, veteran's-minimum contract and he's trying to make up for lost time, but Tracy put the "burnt bridge" plan into overdrive this past weekend, taking part in an alleged Pistons player mutiny against head coach John Kuester.

If you missed the story, several Pistons players missed shootaround on Friday in Philadelphia, and while ostensibly all had excuses ranging from legit (Ben Wallace's brother passed away the following day) to questionable (a few players claim to have either overslept or just missed the bus), the belief is that these players (a group that includes our beloved T-Mac) missed the shootaround because (a) they hate Kuester and (b) they really hate the way Kuester has handled the benching of veteran guard Richard Hamilton.

Excuses or no excuses, we do know that the six players who attended the full shootaround on Friday are the only ones who played that night for the Pistons, so I'm going to go with the "where there's smoke, there's fire" approach and assume there is something to seven -- SEVEN -- players missing a scheduled shootaround.

I will also submit the following video evidence of Tracy McGrady chuckling on the Pistons' bench as Kuester was ejected from Friday night's game...

Nice, huh.

The actual funny thing (and yes, considering how piss poor he was as an NBA player at the end of his Rockets' tenure, it is like "ha ha" funny) is that Tracy McGrady had made himself a productive NBA player once again, playing a sort of point forward position and providing some veteran leadership. He wasn't "the old Tracy McGrady" from, say, 2004, but he wasn't "just, plain OLD Tracy McGrady" from 2009, either.

And now he's part of this.

In a city that's been beat up harder than any other big city by the economy, Tracy McGrady and his band of fools have decided to take personality conflicts with a coach who is as lame a duck as there is and turn them into a very public, collective execution of said duck. As if Joe Ford Factoryworker didn't have a hard enough time relating to the Pistons players and their seven-figure W-2's, I'm guessing open truancy from half the roster won't be bridging that gap anytime soon.

Good to see Tracy McGrady back in midseason form. At least he's not alone. This time he's brought his friends along with him.

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Aaron
Aaron

She-Mac say there's no "I" in TEAM but there's an "I" in RICH! She-Mac is a fraud and I am confused as to how he has outspoken defenders.

Damonte_4u
Damonte_4u

Why y'all hating on tmac cuz he prove is self to y'all he balling now get a life he rich famous y'all not u don't know wut he was laughing at and he is not the only player who missd practice

Tommy
Tommy

How is he a fraud??? Your just easily manipulated. Hey Kid, Aliens are ruling the world run for your life.... Use your head next time and actually think things through. Do you really think that he would be laughing on live TV because his coach got ejected?? Im pretty sure athletes are smarter than that. You guys are just dumb enough to read and believe it right away.

Krayzie4200nap
Krayzie4200nap

Your a bum and a hater. If you dont like tmac then keep his name out of your mouth and get a life

ahem!
ahem!

What does the Game Time Chinese Correspondent have to say about this inflammatory issue?

The Chinese OSD
The Chinese OSD

夏恩。 在您寫關於我們的壯健戰士王子T MAC時候,我的心臟填裝充满喜悅! 我迅速投入我的頂頭電話並且听Dionne Warwick, Elton約翰, Stevie奇蹟, Gladys對我們喜愛的人的夜進貢。 我然後體會您是怏怏不乐對于T MAC。 它感覺像1蜂蜜蜂的十億蜇對我的心臟。T MAC不會促进齟齬或不調和。 T MAC投入他的在他自己之上的隊和教練和迷。 他更比其他人努力工作並且關心。 有时他也許是迷茫的。 當在空氣得到稀薄,並且的山口之上的老鷹疼痛上流他的翼必须努力工作。 我仍然相信T MAC在他的搜尋將继续咆哮像老虎入淘汰賽的第二轮。

Xia En. In you write about when ours stout soldier Prince T MAC, my heart fills blissful! I invest my head telephone rapidly, and listens to Dionne Warwick, Elton John, the Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight which likes to us presents tribute. I then realized that you are unhappily regarding T MAC. It felt that honeybee 1,000,000,000 stings likely to my heart. T MAC will not promote the discord or is not well distributed. T MAC invests him above him the team and coach and the fan. He compares other people to work diligently and to care. Sometimes he perhaps is confused. When obtains thin in the air, and above mountain pass's eagle ache upper reaches his wing must work diligently. I still believed that T MAC will continue in his search to roar the tiger to enter the elimination series' second round likely.

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ahem!

Golden. You read my mind.

Guest2
Guest2

Ok, alright. Yes everyone knows Kuester is a horrible coach. Do i agree with players acting like that to coaches? No. But once again people take video of a player not even paying attention which is obvious if you pay attention to it that Tmac wasn't laughing at the ejection. Don't blame a player based on the past if you don't know the facts! I guess everyone forgot about the Tim Duncan ordeal when he was ejected for laughing at what a player said but the ref thought he was laughing at him. Oh that's right people don't hate Tim Duncan!

annoyed guest
annoyed guest

Well said dude. Some people go bizerk when they find the right opportunity. Media is meant to bring people down and not people up and they take advantage of things like this

The real Stacy mcGrady
The real Stacy mcGrady

Nice job Sean. You've been able to get Stacy mcGrady to comment on your board....can't play tonight coach, I have a headache.......

guest
guest

Another hater... If you have an illness do you think you can play bball yet alone even go to school boi?? Stop hating and think ur all good k

guest
guest

Sean, writing hateful articles is not the only way to get more views. Honestly who wouldn't want Kuester out? He has brought nothing but failure to Detroit

ahem!
ahem!

He has brought nothing but failure to DetroitI'm pretty sure he was just trying to fit in with the rest of Detroit...

guest
guest

Wow why don't you guys watch ESPN? He was sick and who knows he might be laughing at something else. You can't make assumptions without actually hearing what they were laughing about.

Fr33za77
Fr33za77

Tmac = Views?? Plenty of other poeple with alot more contribution to this 'Mutiny'. Whatever...

Tim
Tim

You would think since tracy is a vet he would talk the rest of the team into cooperation and respect but i guess not

guest
guest

Don't believe everything you read.... How can you assume that he was laughing at that particular subject?? I think he is smart enough to know that he is on t.v

SG
SG

lol dude i guess you never get it right from more recognized places such like espn blabla i guess all you care is hating on t-mac and trying to spread that hate all around the world with nonsense. good luck dude players play haters hate

Bob
Bob

HAHAHAHAH well said dude. Haters only know how to hate. After all, they are the most perfect people in the world which gives them the privilege to hat on others.

H_e_x
H_e_x

And McGrady needs ti be defended because? Surely you aren't basing your statement on his past performance because the evidence points otherwise.And I wonder why so many people are here defending him. God only knows.

ur mommma
ur mommma

Wow what a hater...Get a LIKE... And I wonder why so many people are hating on him. God only knows

guest
guest

Hex who do u think u are?? You are those guys who hide behind the computer and criticize others to make yourself feel better. Go outside and make a living off that because thats all you guys can do. I don't think you will become very successful.

H_e_x
H_e_x

Get a like? What the hell is that supposed to mean? And if you don't know why people hate him you must have missed the past decade in the NBA. The man suffers from hubris, and it came to bite him in the ass.

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