Pistons center Ben Wallace added some common sense to the John Kuester-Rip Hamilton saga.

Wallace has seen it all in his 14 NBA seasons and said Monday that player-coach friction is a fact of life.

"Coaches and players usually don't like each other," Wallace said, prompting laughs from media members. "Players don't like coaches telling them what to do. Coaches don't like players telling them what they're not going to do.

"You just got to find a way to go out there and get the job done."

The saga has played out over the past month since Kuester benched Hamilton after a Jan. 10 loss at Chicago. It took a more bizarre turn when Kuester deactivated Hamilton for Friday's victory over the Nets before playing him during Saturday's win over the Bucks. Hamilton scored 15 points Saturday.

But Wallace has a point. Coaches Rick Carlisle, Flip Saunders and Michael Curry had well-documented problems in the locker room. There was even grumbling about Larry Brown, but it was tough to argue with two NBA Finals appearances and the 2004 championship.

"That's just the nature of the business," Wallace said. "If we couldn't play, we wouldn't be here. If they couldn't coach, they wouldn't be here.