The last thing Rodney Stuckey needed to go through was injuring his right thumb, and especially in an off-the-court incident.
The Detroit Pistons guard fractured his thumb earlier in the week when his shooting hand got caught inside the door of his vehicle while it was closing.
A freak accident? Apparently. But Stuckey is not exactly in the best light with the Pistons front office and he probably didn’t impress new coach Maurice Cheeks with this last accident. It’s an accident, but a careless one at that, and perhaps unfairly adds to the bad publicity Stuckey has gotten from the Pistons media in recent years.
A seventh-year NBA guard, Stuckey is listed as being out indefinitely. It’s expected to be a four-week absence, meaning that he’s likely to be back in early November.
That’s the good news because the Pistons, who used Stuckey 30 minutes in an exhibition earlier this week, definitely need all the talent they can use to put a credible team on the court. Stuckey averaged 11.5 points and 3.6 assists for Detroit last year. He makes around $8.5 million this season but it’s the final year of his contract, and many will be surprised if he’s still in a Detroit uniform next season. But that would depend on his performance this season.
Stuckey did not get along with former Pistons coach Lawrence Frank, who was fired at the end of last season. But Cheeks is likely to be less tolerant of Stuckey’s shenanigans, especially off the court. It would not be good for their relationship if Stuckey struggles when he returns to the lineup.
So far, Stuckey isn’t very lucky.