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Afterward, the two insisted their relationship is improving after a recent talk.
“It was just a great conversation,” Hamilton said. “I think that it was something that we needed. I think the whole thing was a miscommunication from the beginning, and we’re fine.”
Hamilton has played only once since Jan. 10. He was benched for the latter part of January and although he played Feb. 5 in Milwaukee, scoring 15 points, he’s been out since then because of what the team has said is a groin injury.
“It was just a disagreement. I’m the team captain, he’s the coach,” Hamilton said. “It’s not something that you don’t see. It wasn’t like how it was reported _ argument, Rip Hamilton not playing anymore _ it was nowhere near like that. It was a disagreement. We talked about it. I continued to play after that.”
On Friday, Hamilton was one of several players who missed at least part of a shootaround before a game at Philadelphia. The coaching staff used only six players in the loss that night, sticking with those who were at the full shootaround.
“I went back home, and it was my fault that I didn’t call them and let them know,” he said. “I called them at the last minute, and that’s why I got fined. I should have called them before.”
“It was recently,” Kuester said. “The conversation went very well. He worked today, and he did a good job.”
The Pistons are 22-39 and 5 1/2 games out of the last playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Owner Karen Davidson has been trying to sell the team all season, and there’s been turmoil pretty much from the start. Kuester benched guard Rodney Stuckey barely a week into the season, although that was only temporary.
Although the Pistons lost big in Philadelphia on Friday night, they beat Utah on Saturday at home. Hamilton sat out that game, as did Tayshaun Prince, who is having back problems, and Tracy McGrady.
Ben Wallace was out following the death of his brother Saturday.
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