Perhaps it's fitting — or sad — the Pistons' season mercifully will end at the scene of this season's most embarrassing moment:

Philadelphia.

It was at the Wells Fargo Center that half the roster skipped a morning shoot-around in protest of coach John Kuester.

It was the exclamation point on one of the most disappointing, if not bizarre seasons in franchise history.

Early-season incidents in Atlanta and Golden State foreshadowed what happened that Friday morning.

Players ignored Kuester, and publicly berated him during games and practices. Some outright defied his orders and disrespected the title of "coach."

They didn't like Kuester's methods or communication skills.

The coach shuffled players in and out of the rotation without notice, they believed, which led to their inconsistent and often uninspiring performances.

"Buffoonery" is how forward Tayshaun Prince described teammate Richard Hamilton's benching in January, but the word might be used to encapsulate the entire 2010-11 season.

Then there was the air of uncertainty revolving around the sale of the team by owner Karen Davidson.