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John Kuester's Job Safe ... For Now

An 0-5 start and a near mutiny has many wondering how much longer John Kuester will last as Detroit Pistons head coach. The answer isn't clear at this point, but it's apparently going to be for at least a bit longer:

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A Pistons source close to the situation said Friday evening that there is "absolutely no chance" that Kuester will be fired despite turmoil this week between Kuester and his players as well as the team's poor start.

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It appeared that Kuester had lost control of the team after Wednesday's latest meltdown against the Atlanta Hawks. Point guard Rodney Stuckey refused to listen to Kuester as the coach was trying to get a substitution into the game for him, leading to Stuckey being benched the rest of the game. Stuckey did not play on Friday either despite being dressed and on the bench.

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Tayshaun Prince then called out the coach, telling the media that "it goes both ways" in response to Kuester saying the team needed a vocal leader. 

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After Friday's game against the Charlotte Bobcats, it looks like Kuester still doesn't have this team where it needs to be. The Pistons built a 22-point first quarter lead, only to see it slip away once again. They hung on for a 97-90 victory, but any more late meltdowns like this aren't going to help Kuester get any job security.

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There probably won't be any action taken with Kuester until the sale of the team to Mike Ilitch is completed. Ilitch will likely clean house if he doesn't like what he sees, which doesn't bode well for Kuester if this kind of play continues.