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Lawrence Frank still isn't ready to talk about why he inactivated Rodney Stuckey for the Pistons' game Sunday against the Orlando Magic. Here are his comments after last night's game, from Vincent Goodwill of the Detroit News:
"I'm not helping you guys do your job and I'm not trying to be a you-know-what, although I am a you-know-what," Frank said with a laugh.
"It's just a coach's decision. You're going to probe and do your job and I'm sorry I'm not giving you the answer you want, but we keep that in the locker room."
And here's his comments today, from Perry Farrell of the Detroit Free Press:
"I'm not trying to pick and choose who and who I don't give information to," Frank told a Free Press reporter today. "It's going to be a blanket answer. There are certain things that are sacred to me, and one of them is team business. All you're going to get from me is ‘coach's decision.' Right now, all I'm focusing on is getting ready for Milwaukee."
Dude's doing a good job sticking to script. The whole "we keep that in the locker room" response seems to ring a bit hollow, though, since it seems like the rest of the team was equally surprised (see: Goodwill's article above) to hear the news before Sunday's game. And while Frank can take the high road by not talking about "sacred" team business, all we're left with is Stuckey's rep as a difficult player to fill in the blanks.
In any case, if Frank was trying to prove a point, he picked a good game to do so: the Pistons' other point guards came through big time with Brandon Knight scoring 31 points and Will Bynum dishing 12 assists, all of which helped result in a Pistons' win.
Will Stuckey remain in the doghouse for Tuesday's home game vs. Milwaukee? Stay tuned!