Big Ben is back in Detroit for at least one more year.
I’ll stick by my previous comments on this matter. No need to rehash them.
With Joe D. clearly off his rocker, I wonder what other players he might resort to signing…
Other former Pistons with little to nothing left in the tank that Joe might want to sign
Chucky Atkins- 34 year old Kenneth Lavon Atkins is currently a free agent (not exactly, he’s currently on the T-Wolves but what’s the difference). Yeah, he could help tutor Stuckey and Bynum or something, you know, take a roster spot from a younger player with potential such as a Sean Singletary or Jeremy Pargo.
Michael Curry- I hear he still has that wicked good set jump shot and can still throw down the hammer every once in a while. You do realize Joe, the team needs an experienced backup small forward. Wouldn’t want Mr. Summers to get any PT his rookie season, would ya? And if nothing else, maybe Curry can give some pointers to the rooks because after all, he was a helluva decision maker as a coach. Make Rip come off the bench. Brilliant! Plus Mike gave the most articulate and shrewd postgame interviews I’ve seen. Ever.
Scot Pollard- Guy is still looking for work and can still churn out the most unbelievable hairdos known to man kind. Hey Joe, the team is still a bit thin in the front court, Scot just might be the secret drug!
Jon Barry- Still looks like he could ignite a fourth quarter rally or two. In case Bill Bydon goes down with an injury, Jon could be signed mid-season to be our bench savior. Or not, as Jon’s got a pretty nice gig as a T.V. analyst now.
Corliss Williamson- Big Nasty is just 35 years old! I bet he could teach Kwame some better offensive moves, or better yet, show him how to play with attitude. Corliss would be great for Jonas too. A few months under Corliss’s wing and Jonas Jerebko will be a low post scoring beast!
Always keep an open mind Joe!
In all seriousness though..
I think the question all Pistons fans want to know is this:
If things get chippy between Wallace and the coach, and maybe the season is not going so smoothly, will Ben refuse to enter the game in garbage time?
And if Ben does happen to play a few meaningful minutes here and there, will he demand a certain amount of touches?
I hope I’m wrong and Ben (my favorite all-time Piston I might add) has something left in the tank he can offer to this team. But over the last year and a half I’ve seen an injury prone dude completely wither away. He’s nothing like the old Big Ben, except for that offensive game and free throw shooting, still as sad as ever.
Old and slow Ben to Detroit, hooray!