If you’re looking for Will the Thrill to be apologetic you’ve got another thing coming!
The often reserved Pistons guard Will Bynum was very vocal on the bench during another stellar Pistons outing in which they lost to the Orlando Magic 112-98.
The altercation in question happened with 8:52 left in the second quarter as Cheeks lifted Bynum from the floor. Upon the move the two had to be separated as Chauncey Billups and Josh Smith attempted to calm Bynum who ended up not playing the rest of the game.
Here’s what Bynum had to say after today’s practice (via Mlive.com):
“It was in the heat of the moment,” said Bynum, who was the last player off the practice floor. “I care. It’s hard for me to sit back and act like I don’t care because I do. All I’m really concerned with is winning. If I see something that’s not right, sometimes in the heat of the moment you kind of say something.
“I don’t regret it. I regret the fact that maybe I was a bit too passionate about it. But other than that, no.”
Will Bynum approach Cheeks?
Does he think they’ll speak?
Cheeks, whose also had run in’s this season with Josh Smith and Andre Drummond also shrugged off the altercation as life in the NBA according to Brendan Savage.
“We’re going to have disagreements,” Cheeks said. “You’re not always going to agree. That’s part of it. At times you’re going to have disagreements. That’s OK. They don’t agree with everything I say and I don’t agree with everything they say.
“That’s part of it.”
So essentially what we have brewing here is the third installment of the Michael Curry/John Kuester era with the Pistons. You have players upset but is the coach going to address the problem? Nah! It’s all part of the game! I guess that could make Pistons fans feel better except Cheeks had a 284-286 record heading into this season (his first with Detroit). He’s also never made it out of the first round of the playoffs in three playoff appearances over the course of eight seasons behind the bench (Portland/Philadelphia).
Winning cures all. The problem though, Cheeks never had the winning formula and Pistons fans are getting a first hand look as to why.