Sep 30, 2013; St. Francis, WI, USA; Milwaukee Bucks player Brandon Knight is interviewed during media day at Milwaukee Bucks Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Bucks PG Brandon Knight takes a shot at his former team


The Detroit Pistons were an unmitigated disaster at times during the 2012-2013 season, and their point guard, Brandon Knight, took a considerable amount of blame for it. As a result, he’s in a different uniform this season (that of the Milwaukee Bucks), and he’s taken at least one shot at his former employer.

In a published report from Gary Woelfel of RacineSportsZone.com, Knight essentially equates his low assist total from Detroit to a lack of talent around him.

“I’m not trying to blame anybody, but the team we had … It was a tough situation.”

Well, that doesn’t directly place blame on the Pistons, but it certainly indicates some skepticism on Knight’s part.

“When you have shooters, it’s easy to get assists because they’re going to knock down open shots. We had, maybe, one knock-down shooter.”

Now we’re getting into direct finger-pointing!

“And I didn’t have any bigs who could stop and pop. The only one we had was Charlie Villanueva and he didn’t play much. And, when he did play, he was with the second unit so I wasn’t playing much with him.”

Assassination complete.

I would expect much to be made of these comments from Knight (who averaged a less-than-stellar 4.0 assists per game last season), especially when he returns to Detroit for the first time this season. Knight’s inability to generate assists surely had something to do with the lack of talent around him in Detroit, but I feel confident in stating that his profile as a shoot-first combo guard has much more to do with it than his “supporting” cast.

Keep an eye on Knight’s assist total this year in Milwaukee, and with a gun to my head, I’d expect it to be very much in the same range for 2013-2014.

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  • Chris Wyman

    It’s sad he was just too smart for the NBA. Maybe if he were taller he could play SG but regardless he’s just too scrawny

  • Michael Nance

    He isn’t saying anything there that hasn’t been stated by Pistons management or the fans. The media needs to not try to create a story with Jennings looking at the positives of coming to Detroit and being very happy with the bigs here. What Knight said the Pistons didn’t have was addressed in the offseason with the drafting of KCP and signing of Gigi Datome. Last year our shooters consisted of Charlie V (who people say shouldn’t be in the NBA and Kyle Singler). Looking at the roots of the questions what Knight may be saying is that the coach was misusing the players (a feeling had by many and a reason Cheeks is in Detroit), that was missed by the reporter who was looking for an easy sour grapes storyline.