Tuesday , Jan , 13 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons to Bench Either Allen Iverson or Rip Hamilton

"It’s no secret that when we’ve got two bigs and Tayshaun (Prince) at small forward, we are at our best defensively. At the end of the day that is what is going to drive most of our decisions we make — which group is the best defensively."

That would indicate that either Iverson or Hamilton would be removed from the starting lineup — something neither is too keen on.

"I wouldn’t expect them to like coming off the bench," Curry said. "Both have been starters their whole career. But the reality is, we’ve got good guys on this team and they are all willing to do whatever it takes for the team to be successful. Whatever decisions we make, is because we feel its the best thing for us to be able to get the most of everybody on the team, regardless if a guy likes it or not.

"They are going to be OK because the No. 1 thing is, they want to win."