Rodney Stuckey Rumors

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Rodney Stuckey
Rodney Stuckey
Position: G
Born: 04/21/86
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:207 lbs. / 93.9 kg.

Larry Bird wants Rodney Stuckey back

Recently when asked about the season, Bird, who will just as soon use the term “good little player” to describe a pro, could not bridle his enthusiasm about Stuckey. “I want him back, too. He was great. Great worker. He worked as hard as anybody. He lifted just about every game. Every thing we asked him to do at the beginning of the year, he did it. He was fantastic,” Bird said. “He knows how much I want him, I told him that at the end of the year.”
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On Wednesday, Stuckey returns to the open market of free agency — his name restored and career reinvented. The Star has learned at least five teams have expressed interest in speaking with Stuckey. The stain from his final six years in Detroit erased. “I knew I wasn’t that type of person,” Stuckey said about the rumors that followed him last summer. “Just everything being dysfunctional (in Detroit) and not having structure really messed me up.”
Last summer when Stuckey had a chance to leave, the whispers followed him out of Detroit. Several league sources informed The Star how rumors about Stuckey’s perceived bad attitude hurt his stock during last summer’s free agency. “Moody, can’t be coached, bad guy, can’t win with him,” said an Eastern Conference insider, repeating the circulated gossip. “Anybody that really knows him, would know… he’s one of the most misunderstood guys in the league.”
Like asking the kicking and screaming understudy to take over the roles of Macbeth, The Three Witches and Lord Banquo, Stuckey struggled in the role as leader. He watched his role evolve constantly. Around him the once veteran locker room changed, and often staged mutiny against coaches. In one infamous episode in 2011, several players, including Stuckey, organized a boycott of a morning shootaround. “A lot of drama,” Stuckey recalled. “We could’ve had our own reality TV show.”
The soon-to-be free agent is certainly hoping that this summer will not be his last to represent the Pacers at a charity event. Last summer, Stuckey signed a one-year deal with the Pacers for the veteran minimum. Stuckey made it clear when chatting with Indy Sports Central today at the event that he wants to remain with the blue and gold. “Obviously, I hope to be back here and I think we’ll figure something out. I’m not really worried about that,” Stuckey revealed. “I love the Pacers organization and I love my teammates. Next year, we will be a lot healthier and we’ll make the playoffs, so I’m excited.”
Call him a minimum-salary player, too, but put an asterisk on that as well. Stuckey took a cut in pay to come to the Pacers to clear his name, and so far is doing a dramatic job of that. “A lot of people were questioning my character,” he said. “’Oh, he’s not a good teammate.’ This and that. That and this. I’m a great guy. I’m very humble, I come to work each and every day, do my business.” But someone with the Pistons tried to sully his reputation, he said. “It’s just unfortunate,” he said. “I’m not going to say names, but I know who it was. It’s just unfortunate for that person to throw me under the bus.”

Rodney Stuckey a keeper?

Stuckey’s recent play has fans wondering and worrying if the Pacers will be able to keep him beyond this season. He says not to worry. “I want to be here,” he said. “When that time comes, we’ll definitely figure something out.” Coach Frank Vogel is on board with that, saying before the game the plan all along has been to make Stuckey a more permanent fixture of the team.