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Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Wallace x2 - 1 = ?

Ben Wallace is officially, unofficially a Chicago Bull. And really, I have no qualms with any party of this deal. Ben Wallace should have taken the most money he could get. He's been an underpaid overachiever all of his career. He's earned his big payday. That being said, there's no way Ben Wallace's one-dimensional play is worth 4 years and 60 mil for the Pistons. The 'Stones are a cap-conscious team and Ben Wallace has slowed down considerably the past two years. As much as I love a hustling big man who does the little things, it's not fiscally responsible for a fairly cheap franchise to pay top dollar for the litte things. (I feel like I should just re-run Bill Simmons' Pedro-to-Mets article.) Plus, Ben Wallace and Flip Saunders never seemed to get along. It's probably best for Ben if he left. (For the record, I'd rather have Big Ben than Flip, but the price has made my opinion moot.) The incentive for Ben to stay was only the intangible loyalty of Detroit fans which, as awesome as we are, isn't really enough.

The Bulls are set to make a run at the championship. They gave the Heat a run for their money and added Tyrus Thomas and that Swiss freak, Thabo Sefolosha. (Honestly, I think Thabo might be the steal of the draft, judging by the video of him for the draft. He looks like a goddamn force.) If they move Tyson Chandler, as expected, for PJ Brown, they might have all the pieces in place to make a run at the NBA championship for at least the next three years. That and they get the Knicks draft pick next year! It was the right time for the Bulls to make a move and the right place for Big Ben. They can afford to have him be very, very overpaid in two years if that means they could win a championship now.

Now that I've sufficiently justified the move, time to mourn. Ben Wallace was the heart and/or soul of the New Bad Boys and the 2004 NBA Championship. His arrival in the Grant Hill trade re-established Detroit Pistons toughness. His departure signals a new era in Deeetroit Basketball, for better or for worse. Most likely worse, but we won't worry about that now. Right now, we worry about why the fuck we got rid of Darko. I miss that Serb.

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