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#1 Jul 30, 2006
To me this would be an excellent signee for the Pistons because Nazr Mohammed is very good on the offensive boards meaning second chance points,he's taller than Ben, he also can handle Shaq, clog the middle which means stop Dwayne Wade, and Lebron James Penetrating to the basket. Also a good 70% free throw shooter. Now remember within the last 3 past seasons Ben's ability for block shots, free throws, and offensive boards have gone down because of that i really think he was telling everyone in the Pistons organization that he didn't want to be here anymore.Pistons may not be the favor's no more to win title's, but this upcoming season your gonna see a different Pistons squad,and i don't mean the Pheonix Suns where they run up and down the court scoring 130 pts a night.The defense is still there, they just have to take it one game at a time quit worryin about 64 wins just play that detroit style basketball D.E.F.E.N.S.E. When the postseason comes in May of 2007 they gonna knocks some heads which means show no mercy on the other team,light em up "MIAMI'S IN TROUBLE NEXT POSTSEASON"
#2 Sep 5, 2006
Yeah I don't know. Ben Wallace was an incredible player. I don't think anybody will ever really replace him. I've heard people a few people criticize Ben and even Rasheed a little bit since their playoff oust. But truthfully there's not another combination in the league that had better success against Shaq, than the Wallaces and that alone puts them in a very select class. The Wallaces are to Shaq, what Joe and Isiah were to Jordan-- double threat. They beat Shaq two out of three times in the playoffs and I would only have thought about parting with them if we were getting the combo of Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzski in return. The Wallaces together were very powerful. I don't think either of them will do quite as well defensively apart as they did together. And while Mohammed is a nice player, honestly, I'm more interested in seeing McDyess in the starting line-up with Rasheed than Mohammed. I don't know why that's not the conversation. To me that would be the most natural transition. McDyess is more comparable to Ben Wallace than Mohammed is in my opinion. I don't believe in reserving fire power on the bench at particularily the power forward and center positions. I say the best guy starts period. And I say use McDyess as much as possible while he's still got game, Mohammed has a few more years in him than Antonio does.
But really there have only been 4 players that I can see that have ever been able to alter Shaq's game and keep him from doing "just anything" he wants to. Hakeem Olajuwan, Ben Wallace, Dikembe Mutombo, and Elden Campbell, and that year in the NBA Finals, Detroit had two of the four guys.
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